DHA-EPA Omega Complex
The essential Omega-Fatty Acids with Vitamin E
Pregnant women need them for their babies’ brains. Kids need them to learn. Adults get healthier hearts from them. The do-it-all nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis — and may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and prostate cancer.
The Health Effects
Interest in fish-based omega-3s spiked in the 1970s, when scientists observed that the Inuit people residing in Greenland ate enormous amounts of fatty fish and had extremely low rates of heart disease. Decades later, in a landmark study published in 1999, Italian scientists studied more than 11,000 men who had suffered heart attacks. After 3-1/2 years, a group that took about a gram a day of EPA and DHA were 20% less likely to die than a group that didn’t take omega-3 supplements. In an even larger trial in 2007, Japanese researchers followed more than 18,000 people with high cholesterol for nearly five years and found that those who took 1.8 grams of EPA a day — in addition to cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins — were almost 20% less likely to suffer a major coronary event than people who took statins alone.
There’s very strong, medical-nutrition, literature-based evidence in humans suggesting that the average American would probably have a healthier life, a lower risk of dying from heart disease and improved brain function by consuming more fish, more supplements or more functional foods with DHA and EPA,” says nutritional scientist Bruce Holub, of the University of Guelph in Ontario and executive director of the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute there. Keep in mind, omega-3 fatty acids are not just a single nutrient. The term Omega Complex refers to a family of compounds that are naturally abundant in fish, seafood and algae, and it’s their surprising chemical variety that may hold the key to improving our health. Each type of omega plays a different role. The benefits depend on the amount, one’s life stage and specific medical conditions.
The Various types
Omega-3 fatty acids are long chains of carbon atoms that bond to each other in different ways to produce molecules with various functions. Out of the five forms that we consume, the three that matter most to human health are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). ALA is specified in United States’ Institute of Medicine for men at 1.6 grams per day, women 1.1 grams per day.
Accumulating evidence now suggests DHA and EPA supplementation should range from 200 milligrams to 4 grams a day, depending on the person.
- Boosts metabolism and controls appetite
- Helps burn stored fat
- Reduces the production of inflammatory compounds such as unhealthy fats
- Radiant glowing skin and shiny hair
- Improved mood and stress relief
- Helps to lower cholesterol
- Improves memory loss
- Aids in the maintenance of cardiovascular health