The Omega-3s EPA and DHA are the “dynamic duo” of the good fat world. EPA and DHA work as a team to help young bodies develop normally, and to maintain good health at all life stages.
EPA: Eicosapentaenoic Acid
- Found in oily marine fish
- EPA plays a physiological role, acting as building blocks for cells in your vital organs
DHA: Docosahexaenoic Acid
- Found in oily marine fish and algae
- DHA plays a structural role in cell membranes, aiding in normal growth and development
EPA and DHA work together to:
- Support the normal development of the brain, eyes (retina) and nerves
- Help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system
- Help maintain normal healthy triglyceride levels
Oily, marine fish are the best source for Omega-3 EPA/DHA – and the only common source that contains both of these key fatty acids.
There is also a third Omega-3, ALA, which is found in some plant sources, but our bodies must convert it to EPA/DHA before we can benefit from it.
ALA: Alpha-Linolenic acid
- Found in flax (linseed), hemp, chia seeds
- Is converted by the body to EPA/DHA
- Conversion rate low – less than 1%
- Not an optimal Omega-3 source