EPA & DHA is an essential fatty acid (Omega 3 fat) which is found in cold water fish. EPA DHA are highly unsaturated fat and they play a vital role in the functioning of our bodies. In case you’ve always wondered what EPA DHA stand for:
EPA – Eicosapentaenoic Acid
DHA – Docosahaxaenoic Acid
EPA and DHA are vital nutrients and may be consumed to help maintain healthy function of the following:
- Brain and Retina - DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye and taking DHA may be necessary for maintaining healthy levels of DHA for normal eye function.
- Cardiovascular system - EPA and DHA are converted into hormone like substances called prostaglandins, and they regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.
- Human growth and intellectual development - DHA plays a very important role during fetal development, early infancy, and old age. High concentrations of DHA are found in the brain and increases 300-500% in and infant’s brain during the last trimester of pregnancy. Adding DHA to a pregnant mothers diet may be beneficial for the fetus’s brain development. Elderly people should also take EPA DHA, because as we get older, our bodies form less DHA and EPA, which may cause less mental focus and cognitive function. Taking EPA DHA may also help with mental abnormalities, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
There are other benefits to taking EPA and DHA because it also plays as a source of energy, it insulates the body against heat loss, prevents skin from drying and flaking, and cushions tissues and organs.
Who should take EPA DHA? Most people can benefit from taking EPA and DHA.
For example, NutraSea+D is a pharmaceutical quality omega-3 supplement with added vitamin D3. With a balanced ratio of EPA and DHA combined with 1000 IU of natural vitamin D3 it’s an ideal supplement for optimal health and well-being.