The omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been widely studied and shown to support cardiovascular and brain health.*
DHA is generally regarded as the brain-healthy omega-3 as it is selectively incorporated into the nerves, retina, and gray matter of the brain–all tissues responsible for nerve transmission.* In fact, DHA makes up about 40% of the PUFA in the brain and roughly 60% in the retina. It’s absolutely essential to developing brains and the primary reason fish oil is recommended during pregnancy.* Mechanistically, its effects result from a powerful impact on the fluidity and function of cell membranes.* DHA is also a precursor to neuroprotectin D1, which has broad protective activity in the brain.
In addition to critical brain functionality, DHA has been found to have effects throughout the body.* It’s now beginning to be understood that DHA plays complementary roles to EPA in the cardiovascular system.*
EPA is generally classified as the heart-healthy omega-3* and there is an overwhelming amount of research to support the beneficial effects of EPA for cardiovascular health.* Other effects include balancing blood-lipids, supporting blood-vessel health, and promoting healthy blood pressure.
Yet similar to the situation with DHA, accumulating evidence suggests that EPA is more important than previously surmised for other bodily systems. In fact, recent research on mood and behavior has found that EPA may be more important than DHA mood modification.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.