Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are obtained from cold-water marine animals and have more benefits for good health than short-chain omega-3s, like ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), that are derived from plants. This is because you would have to consume large quantities of ALA and expend large amounts of physiological energy to convert ALA to EPA and DHA. And some people lack the capability to make that conversion. So for people who can consume fish, supplementation with fish oil is a practical way to obtain these vital fatty acids that are a natural part of our cells, especially brain and nerve cells, the retina, the adrenal glands and testes.
EPA and DHA also have important cardiovascular benefits. They help improve blood vessel function and reduce platelet aggregation that causes blood to thicken. They also play a role in keeping the arteries clear of fibrinogen and other substances that promote atherosclerosis. EPA also helps to lower elevated blood pressure. In addition, these omega-3 fatty acids contribute to healthy triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
In addition, EPA/DHA have anti-inflammatory activity and they balance pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids that are abundant in the modern diet. Since inflammation is now believed to be a causative factor for chronic disease, reducing systemic inflammation is important to promote healing and for healthy aging. Because EPA is used by our bodies to make anti-inflammatory hormones (PG3 prostaglandins and leukotrienes) it can help to reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism and other dangerous events. Research has shown benefits for autoimmune diseases and asthma as well.
EPA and DHA also have a positive effect on brain function. In fact, DHA is one of the most abundant fatty acids in brain tissue and it contributes to a positive mood and improved cognitive function. In addition, omega-3s can be helpful for people with depression, ADHD and dementia.
Research has shown omega-3 to be of benefit in the following ways:
- Decrease inflammation that occurs in cardiovascular and lung diseases, metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative conditions.
- Slows the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Decreased risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Improved insulin sensitivity and decreased fasting insulin levels in obese people.
OmegaGenics® EPA – DHA 720 is concentrated, purified pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids derived from sustainably sourced, cold-water fish. It is tested for purity and quality and stabilized with antioxidants to maintain freshness.
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