More Information About Essential Omegas:
Adequate amounts of essential fatty acids are essential for proper mental and cardiovascular health, as well as for general well-being.*
The most important nutrients in fish oils are the essential omega-3 fatty acids—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). They are “essential” because we must get them from our diet; our bodies cannot make them.*
Most of the fat we consume is used for energy or stored in fat tissues. In contrast, EPA and DHA are “healthy” polyunsaturated fats that have unique biological functions.*
Research has linked deficiencies of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA with depression, ADHD, high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, and skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.*
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)Our bodies use EPA to make prostaglandins, which regulate many body functions. Here are a few examples of how prostaglandins help you to be healthy:
- Control cell growth.
- Improve kidney function.
- Control hormone balance.
- Regulate calcium movement.
- Regulate blood pressure and clotting.
- Improve immune response by regulating fevers.
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and retina, comprising 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain and 60% in the retina. In fact, DHA makes up half of the total weight of neuron cell membranes throughout the body. DHA helps to:
- Regulate heartbeat.
- Regulate brain signals.
- Improve depressed mood.
- Improve cognitive function.
- Enhance infant and child development.
- Regulate cellular processes such as insulin release.