Moderate exercise, and a regular intake of oily fish fatty acids, keeps elderly immobility at bay.
A small study of women found that omega-3 fatty acids plus exercise increased muscle strength by 20%, almost twice as much as when olive oil was used.
Exercise combats the natural muscle loss associated with aging. Maintaining adequate protein intake and staying active are already known to mitigate the rate of degeneration. It now appears that adding omega-3s could significantly boost this effect.
A larger study is planned, including men and women.