Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; also icosapentaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It also has the trivial name timnodonic acid. In chemical structure, EPA is a carboxylic acid with a 20-carbon chain and five cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the third carbon from the omega end.GET A QUOTE
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1.What is EPA?
EPA is found in cold-water fatty fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, and herring. We can eat the above fish to obtain EPA or by taking supplemental forms of fish oil or algae oil. It is also found in human breast milk.
Omega-3 fatty acids are part of a healthy diet that helps lower risk of heart disease. Getting more EPA in your diet has positive effects on coronary heart disease, high triglycerides (fats in the blood), high blood pressure, and inflammation. Most people in the Western world do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.
2.How EPA Works?
The human body converts a portion of absorbed alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) to EPA. ALA is itself an essential fatty acid, and humans need an appropriate supply of it. The efficiency of the conversion of ALA to EPA, however, is much lower than the absorption of EPA from food containing it. Because EPA is also a precursor to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), ensuring a sufficient level of EPA on a diet containing neither EPA nor DHA is harder both because of the extra metabolic work required to synthesize EPA and because of the use of EPA to metabolize into DHA.
Studies have shown that DHA and EPA play a key role in brain structure, communication, and protection. They are essential for proper brain development in fetuses, babies, and toddlers, including neuronal, retinal, and immune function. Besides, it is may impact brain function throughout adolescence and adulthood. In additional, they also protect against cognitive decline and dementia later in life EPA can prevent the blood from clotting easily. These fatty acids also reduce pain and swelling.
3.Benefits and Uses
EPA Can Promotes Healthy Mood
EPA Can Improves Attention and Behavior
EPA Is Essential for the Heart and Circulation
EPA Is Vital for Healthy Pregnancy
EPA May Supports Healthy Immunity
EPA Can Protect the Brain and Body