DHA & EPA Omega-3s: Important for Optimal Health Throughout Life
DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids that have distinct health benefits. DHA is a key component of the heart and one of the omega-3 fats recommended by the American Heart Association and the USDA Dietary Guidelines for good cardiovascular health. Recent cardiovascular research reports 1.0 - 1.5 grams per day of DHA independently decreases triglyceride levels, decreases heart rate and improves blood vessel function*. EPA plays a role in cardiovascular health and is also recommended by the American Heart Association and the USDA Dietary Guidelines for its cardiovascular benefits. EPA has been shown to help reduce chronic inflammation by modifying the immune response*.
Unfortunately, the average daily consumption of DHA and EPA omega-3s in the U.S. is much lower than experts recommend. This may be because the primary food sources of DHA and EPA are certain types of fatty fish, which are not staples of the modern diet. And with the recent concerns over levels of oceanic pollutants and the sustainability of certain types of fish, people may decide to limit their consumption further.
Another omega-3, ALA, is a source of energy but there are no known independent benefits of ALA on brain or eye development and function and it is inconclusive as to whether ALA plays a direct role in reducing risk of heart disease.
The American Heart Association on the pros & cons of omega-3s.
PRO: The American Heart Association recommends we eat at least two servings per week of fish, particularly fatty fish, for their heart healthy omega-3s.
CON: The American Heart Association cautions people to be aware of federal and state advisories on environmental pollutants and toxins found in certain fish.
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