Why are they so important?
Omega-3 EPA / DHA / DPA: Why Are They So Important?
EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. Essential because our bodies need them to survive. Unfortunately our bodies are not capable of producing these Omega-3 fatty acids on their own.
As a result, we depend on our diet to get the necessary Omega-3 fatty acids into our bodies. These two fatty acids work together in human health. DHA helps with cell membrane structure and assists in normal growth and development. While both EPA and DHA participate in key pathways of the immune system where they control key processes that support our health. Together they provide a number of important health benefits throughout our lifetime.
Recently another Omega-3 fatty acid, DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid) has been discussed more frequently in the scientific community, as a new and very potent Omega-3 fatty acid. Previously thought to work in through EPA and DHA we are now learning it has very distinct functions in the body. All three of these polyunsaturated fats play an important role in the functioning of our bodies.