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.
EPA assists from a physiological perspective as an anti-inflammatory agent for our bodies. Together they provide a number of important health benefits throughout our lifetime.
Recently another marine oil, DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid) has been discussed more frequently in the scientific community, as a new and very potent Omega-3 fatty acid. This is due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, even stronger than EPA and DHA. All three of these polyunsaturated fats play an important role in the functioning of our bodies.