EPA VS DHA

What are Omega 3s?

Omega 3s are a specific type of fat found in the cell wall of every cell. They are considered essential meaning that the body cannot create them but must receive them from either diet or supplements.

Besides influencing the fluidity of the cell wall and allowing compounds to move in and out easily, Omega 3s also have other actions that support a range of health conditions connected with heart health, eye health, brain health, skin health and more.

Among the many types of Omega 3s, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) are the most well researched Omega 3s. Although often found in fish oil and cod liver oil together, these fats have been found to have different actions in the body.

The Benefits of EPA

  • Heart Health – Having enough EPA can reduce blood pressure, triglycerides and reduce inflammation that’s been connected with the development of heart disease.
  • Joint Health – EPA can also reduce both joint pain and support cartilage recovery.
  • Healthy Mood – EPA supports the healthy functioning of the brain through its anti-inflammatory effects and by supporting correct metabolic pathways.
  • Immune Health – EPA also promotes the creation of a number of anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Reduces Cellular Stress – The anti-inflammatory actions of EPA make sure that there are less oxidative and inflammatory compounds that may increase cell damage.

The Benefits of DHA

  • Eye Health – DHA is found in high levels in the retina of the eye where it supports the proper function of the eye.
  • Brain Health – DHA is also found in high levels in the structure of the brain and helps supports the efficiency of the brains responses.
  • Development – Supports the healthy development of the brain and eye in the foetus, infant and throughout the childhood years.
  • Memory – Increases the levels of the neurotransmitter Dopamine which increases mood, memory, motivation and learning ability along with other positive cognitive effects.
  • Cell Wall Fluidity – The incorporation of DHA into cells results in both compounds being able to enter and leave the cell more easily leading to greater health and energy overall.

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