Fish Oil EPA and DHA Health Benefits
Fish oil EPA and DHA health benefits have gained
significant prominence among researchers who are seeking to gain an edge over a growing heart disease epidemic.
Fish oils are high concentrations of polyunsaturated fats that are called omega-fatty acids.
EPA DHA are essential fatty acids (EFA) found in fish oils.
Studies since the 70s have shown they offer a broad range of health
benefits including improving the vascular system, the heart, the brain, treating rheumatoid arthritis, and
anticancer properties have also been isolated in omega-3s.
Studies also show that even diabetes sufferers as well as lupus, psoriasis, and eczema conditions are improved
by the use of fish oil epa and dha.
Can you get EPA DHA -- eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
docosahexanoic acid (DHA)
DHA & EPA Fish Oil
Where does fish oil EPA and DHA come from? It comes from cold-water fish like salmon, sea bass, tuna, and trout.
These fish feed on plankton packed with omega-3. T
hese cold-water fish in turn receive the benefits. (According to research, seaweed is the only plant food that
has EPA or DHA.) Which brings us to a key point of this page: In order for you, then, to glean the known
therapeutic benefits of DHA and EPA, you need to take it in the form of fish oil.
Whenever you take a dietary supplement, consult with your doctor as some supplements react with certain
Fish oil tablets and fresh oil pills are no exception. Fish oils actually intensify the blood-thinning effect of
aspirin, Dalteparin Sodium, Enoxaparin Sodium injection, and Warfarin. As many people take aspirin, please be aware
of this. (By the way, don't confuse cod liver oil with fish oil.
Cod liver oil comes from cod fish liver; fish oil comes from the body of the fish.) Fish oil pills work.
However, not all fish oil tablets are equal and this is why.
Many supplement makers obtain their fish oils from anchovies, sardines, and mackerel in South American and North
Atlantic waters. The fish is then processed into fish meal, the by-product is fish oil.
(Cold-water fish have much higher concentrations of omega 3 fatty
acids than do warm water fish.)
The next step in the process is for the ship to sail to the final destination. This is problematic as the fish
oil is very sensitive and spoils easily. This problem is worsened by the fact that of heavy ocean water
While fish oil is rich in EPA and DHA, it is also often toxic with metals like dioxins, PCBs, and mercury in it!
Incidentally, this is why the U.S. FDA recommends a limited intake of fish to twice weekly.
Pharmaceutical Grade?While the benefits of fish oil EPA and DHA are significant, can one
obtain a "cleaned" fish oil? The answer is an emphatic yes,
but there are certain things to look for.
One company meets these criteria. They are based in New Zealand. Their Omega 3 fish oil EPA and DHA supplement utilizes only deep, cold-water fish called Hoki
that are found off the southern ocean of New Zealand. As stated on the company's website,
- Only buy pharmaceutical grade fish oil EPA and DHA supplements. This ensures the fish oil has been
molecularly distilled. Molecular distillation separates the heavy metals from the healthy fish.
DO NOT settle for any non-molecularly distilled fish oil
- Contact the supplement company and ask where they obtain their source fish. The cleaner the ocean waters,
which have been increasingly polluted with industrial pollutants worldwide, the better.
"The Southern Ocean at this latitude (unlike its northern counterpart) is not exposed to any form of
industrial pollutants, but nonetheless the fish still goes through extensive molecular distillation processes
to remove any form of contamination at all, whether that be natural or man made. We were also fortunate that
the fish selected is also naturally high in DHA making it even more attractive."
Finding molecularly distilled, pharmaceutical-grade like fish oil EPA and DHA is
difficult as supplement fraud is rampant.
(I say "pharmaceutical-grade like" as the product is produced in cGMP-compliant facilities and those standards
allow it to conceivably be called "pharmaceutical-grade quality.)
Therefore, you might want to check out this New Zealand company's Fish Oil EPA and DHA product.
I've personally been taking this New Zealand company's supplements including their DHA fish oil one for the past
seven years and have noticed increased health in every way including higher energy reserves.
I hope this review has been helpful to you.
Yours in health,