Find out the significant role Omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids play in your health and how obtaining support for your whole body has never been easier.
What is DHA and EPA?
These two types of Omega-3 are in every cell in our bodies and make up an important part of a healthy diet1.
There are two particularly important fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and DHA have distinct roles and actions in the body.2 Not only are they important for our body to function, but they also deliver fundamental health benefits to our vital organs. DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and brain function3 while DHA and EPA together contribute to the normal function of the heart.4 But, did you know your body cannot make Omega-3 from scratch and it can only be obtained through your diet or supplementation.
What is a fatty acid?
Fatty acids are the building blocks of the fat in our bodies and in the food we eat. During the process of digestion, the body breaks down fats into fatty acids, which can then be absorbed into the blood.
Sources of DHA and EPA
These beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish – such as salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel and herring. The UK government recommends that we eat at least two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily5 And while you can choose from fresh, frozen, smoked and canned fish, it is wise to remember that smoked and canned fish may contain higher levels of salt, so always check the food labels to choose the lower salt varieties6.
Supplementary support of EPA & DHA
Fish Oil and Cod Liver Oil are good sources of Omega-3 and taking supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids such as those in Seven Seas Omega-3 & Immunity or in our Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil range can help top up your intakes of Omega-3.
For those who do not like to eat oily fish, a supplement can be an easy alternative to top up your diet with Omega-3 nutrients that are a great addition for your body’s health.
The beneficial effects for heart function are obtained with an intake of 250mg EPA and DHA per day.
For brain function, 250mg DHA per day is needed.