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EPA Fish Oil

written by Vin Kutty

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EPA and DHA are the two major Omega-3 in fish oil.

DHA is critical during pregnancy for the development of the fetal brain and eyes. It is also important for the growth of the baby’s brain after birth.

Adults still need DHA for several functions, but as you get older the need to maintain healthy inflammation response is important. That’s where EPA comes in. EPA also has some other unique benefits for adults.

There is no magic EPA to DHA ratio, even though you will hear and read that there is. The truth is, both Omega-3 are extremely important and you need a lot of both.

Why EPA Omega-3 is important:

  • EPA protects the brain, the nervous system and the heart*
  • EPA suports your body’s immunity*
  • EPA supports healthy inflammation response*
  • EPA support healthy mood*
  • EPA helps maintain health throughout your life*

* 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. Research suggests that improving omega-3 fat intake from a concentrated source may help support a healthy mood. Some, but not all studies, indicate that 2,000 mg of omega-3 fats daily may offer benefit.

How is EPA different from DHA?

  1. EPA helps maintain healthy inflammation response*

    • EPA competes with potentially harmful effects of excess Omega-6.*
    • The reason why high EPA Omega-3 has such important benefits is because of its ability to influences the level of a substance called Eicosanoids.*
    • Eicosanoids are powerful and out of control levels of it can influence health negatively.*
  2. High EPA fish oil supports heart health*
    • Several clinical studies have shown the EPA can help support heart health*
  3. EPA fish oil and mood* Research suggests that improving omega-3 fat intake from a concentrated source may help support a healthy mood. Some, but not all studies, indicate that 2,000 mg of omega-3 fats daily may offer benefit.Research suggests that omega-3 supplements with a higher concentration of EPA may offer distinct support for mood health.*

High-EPA Fish oil supports Mood health – DHA does not.*

Research suggests that improving omega-3 fat intake from a concentrated source may help support a healthy mood. Some, but not all studies, indicate that 2,000 mg of omega-3 fats daily may offer benefit.Research suggests that omega-3 supplements with a higher concentration of EPA may offer distinct support for mood health.*

(GEEK ALERT: If you really want to know, EPA Omega-3 is involved modulation of neurotransmitter turnover and phosphoinositol-mediated signal transduction, and L-type calcium channel regulation.*)

 

* 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.

 

  1. My medical doctor prescribed EPA 1600 1 day 400 mg fish oil capsules. But I can’t find 400 mg tablets anywhere. Do you have it available?

    • Hi Roger – I’m not sure what your doctor prescribed. I can’t make sense of it. I’ve never seen a 400 mg fish oil pill anywhere. You may want to confirm with your doctors office.

    • Hi Tony – I don’t know. I’ve heard of some psychiatrists prescribing Vascepa for mood disorders as an off-label use. Best to check with your Dr.

  2. Hi,
    I have been reading a lot of your posts on Fish oils, EPA/DHA etc. and have found them to be extremely interesting and informative. Unfortunately I am still very confused regarding Fish oils that are 18/12 supplemtents and Omega 3 supplements. I have spent days reading and researching and what seems to be the whole point is the levels/concentration of EPA/DHA regardless of the mg of any particular oil.
    I really like your fish oil and from what I have researched so far it is at the top of my list, however, can you explain to me the difference between an 18/12 product that has an EPA of 837mg and a DHA of 538mg and an Omega 3 product e.g. yours which has an EPA of 780mg and a DHA of 260mg. Isn’t the whole issue more about the levels of these 2 regardless of whether it is a 18/12 or an Omega 3?
    I find this VERY confusing. Cheers Cassandra.

    • Hi Cassandra – yes, the amount of EPA and DHA per pill is what matters. How much OIL it takes to get there is irrelevant.

      There aren’t any products on the market that will specifically say ’18/12′ on the label. It is an industry insider term. It basically means 180 mg of EPA per 1000 mg of oil. And 120 mg of DHA per 1000 mg of oil. So a 1000 mg ’18/12′ supplement will have around 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA for a total of 300 mg of total Omega-3. Your 837 mg EPA + 538 mg of DHA can only be had if you take 5 pills with 1000 mg of oil. Or 4 pills if there is 1200 mg of oil per pill.

      I can assure you that there is no pill on the planet that has 837 mg of EPA and 538 mg DHA in one pill.

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