Omega-3 EPA & DHA Benefits

There are 2 very important omega 3 fats called EPA Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). It’s not restricted to just 2, another omega 3 fatty acid called ALA is a plant-based Omega 3 fat however DHA and EPA are considered by far the most important.

The average American diet is very low in Omega3 sources. We eat far too much processed foods, sugar, salt and red meat and too little fish. In the past there was a reasonable amount of DHA to be found in red meat but modern feeding methods including grain feeding have reduced the levels of DHA to extremely low levels in red meat. To get more DHA and EPA in our diets we need to either start taking DHA supplements or eat more fish or both.

Here’s 3 benefits to your health of increasing your dietary intake of essential Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

1. Improvements in brain health.

Science is now beginning to understand the importance of DHA to our brain. It is now seeded extremely important for the brain development of the fetus and infant that they have sufficient levels of DHA. Amongst older people DHA supplementation has been shown to improve our cognitive ability, our memory and our concentration.

2. Cardiovascular and Heart Health.

There is a wide range of reasons why getting plenty of omega 3 fatty acids in our diets can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve our cardiovascular health and this is now accepted by the American Heart Association. Our risk of death from heart attack can be reduced by increasing our intake of Omega3 fats. For this reason and for others AHA tells us that we should have a minimal level of fish in our diet or increase our intake of Omega3 fats by supplementation.

3. Improvements in age related conditions.

As mentioned, there are improvements in memory in older people however there are more benefits to older people from taking in higher levels of Omega3 fats. 3 more benefits include a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, a reduction in the risk of blindness due to macular degeneration and reduced pain and distress from the symptoms of arthritis.

Unless there was significant scientific evidence backing up the benefits of fish oil a conservative organization like the American Heart Association would not be recommending that we increase our intake of Omega3 fats. And as studies have shown that Canadian and US citizens have lower levels of DHA and EPA than almost anyone else in the world there is no doubt we should be increasing our intake of Omega3 fats.

High Potency, high dose Omega-3 fatty acids can have a great impact on most chronic disease states like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer, attention deficit disorder and chronic pain. The reason why is that chronic disease is caused by inflammation and if you can control inflammation you can have positive results. Drugs that control inflammation have side affects and have some risk associated with them. The alternative is a purified concentrated Omega-3 fish oil to control inflammation without the side affects.

Mercury contamination or other toxins and the cost of fish are 2 reasons for our limited intake of fish. However the very best fish oil supplements are completely free of contamination, thereby being safe to take daily, and represent and excellent cost-effective way to take daily fish oil supplements.

But not all fish oil supplements are good supplements. Evaluations of purity should be do by a third party and not the manufacturer.

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