We want to discuss briefly one of the key factors that affect HEART HEALTH, BRAIN HEALTH, VISION/EYE HEALTH,

In fact virtually all organs in the body!


What could it be?

Let us focus on Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly the two most important types—docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance)

and behavioral function.” – University of Maryland Medical Center.

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial to the development and function of the human body like the heart health, brain health, and vision or eye health.

Additionally, Omega-3’s deliver some powerful health benefits that make omega-3’s an important part of our daily diet.

When this important type of fatty acid is not consumed regularly, different types of symptoms can surface.

These symptoms range from cognitive (e.g. depression and memory loss) to physical (e.g. inflammation and arthritis.)

It’s worth noting that the degree to which this vital fat source is neglected often coincides with the severity of symptoms.


Let us take this a little step further:

EPA and DHA—Which Do You Need?

Let us focus on Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly the two most important types—docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).


Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties.

They have been studied for the treatment and prevention of many diseases, several of which are related to ?inflammation,

including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease?.

They have also been shown to be extraordinarily helpful in preventing and treating other ?brain conditions such as;

depression and other psychiatric disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and concussions?

While the omega-3s DHA and EPA have different functions in the body, both are important for optimal health.

?Benefits of EPA

There is still confusion, even among experts, as to the individual roles of EPA and DHA—especially given the fact that EPA can be converted to DHA.

That being said, much of the data supports the role of EPA as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting compound.

How does this work?

Well, there is a family of inflammatory compounds, collectively known as eicosanoids, derived from the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid.

EPA lessens the production of these eicosanoids and their resulting inflammation in a number of important ways.

First, EPA inhibits the enzyme that produces arachidonic acid.

Second, EPA impedes the release of arachidonic acid from cell membranes (where it is stored) and its metabolization once it is released.

Without this release and metabolization, your body can’t make eicosanoids.

The result is lower risk of the inflammation that would have been caused by all that arachidonic acid going to eicosanoids.

What about blood clotting?

Circulating cells called platelets are critical in causing your blood to clot. When platelets are activated, they aggregate and cause clots.

If these clots occur in particularly sensitive regions of your body, they can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

EPA reduces platelet activation, an early step in platelet aggregation to help to reduce clotting.

One study found that EPA was superior to DHA in decreasing platelet activation, a precursor to blood clotting.1

While the anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties of EPA are instrumental in many areas of health,

You can’t talk about EPA without talking about DHA


Let’s stop here for now, in our next post we will look at the Benefits of  DHA  and we will decide on which one to choose.

so keep a date with us…

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