Arachidonic Acid

Does arachidonic acid work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Arachidonic Acid

The overall effectiveness rating for arachidonic acid is 1.6 out of 3. This rating means there is some evidence that using arachidonic acid may lead to positive results. This rating also means that some evidence does not back up all claims. Below you can find individual ratings for specific claims.

Overall Confidence Rating for Arachidonic Acid

There are 3 studies in the database on arachidonic acid; the confidence rating is 22. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for arachidonic acid as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about arachidonic acid. Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Body Composition (weight, muscle, body fat) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
decrease body fat
increase muscle mass

Protein Synthesis Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase protein synthesis

Performance Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase strength
improve cycling sprint performance

Hormone Function Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase testosterone

Cardiovascular Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
lower total cholesterol levels
lower triglyceride levels

Recovery Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
reduce muscle damage


Title of Study
Effect of dietary arachidonic acid supplementation on acute muscle adaptive responses to resistance exercise in trained men: a randomized controlled trial
Effects of Arachidonic Acid Supplementation on Acute Anabolic Signaling and Chronic Functional Performance and Body Composition Adaptations
Effects of arachidonic acid supplementation on training adaptations in resistance-trained males