Krill oil stimulates muscle growth

Resistance exercise helps build lean muscle mass.

In this study, 21 healthy resistance-trained men, aged 18 to 30, took a placebo or 3 grams of krill oil containing 240 mg DHA and 393 mg EPA, plus a small amount of astaxanthin, per day.

During the eight-week study period, participants alternated high weight, low-repetition strength exercises with low-weight, high-repetition endurance exercises.

Doctors then took a comprehensive metabolic panel, a complete blood count, and a urine analysis. They determined that krill oil stimulated an enzyme protein (mammalian target of rapamycin, or mTOR) that promotes cellular energy transfer and that contributed to the average gain of three pounds of lean muscle mass in the krill oil group.