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Omega 3, DPA, DHA

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential from infancy to old age. We are born with omega-3 that contains EPA, DHA, and DPA, but we lose this omega-3 as we get older. That’s why you should be supplementing with omega-3 that contains all 3 parts.

What Is Omega-3?

Omega-3 is essential for normal growth and development. Omega-3 is made up of 3 parts: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and DPA (docosapentaenoic acid). Each of these essential fatty acids provide health benefits to keep your body healthy and functioning. Research shows that dietary supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids can provide health benefits to cells in the body, especially the brain, eyes, nervous system, and heart. Seal oil is unique because it contains significant amounts of DPA—unlike fish oil which only includes EPA and DHA. Seal oil in liquid and capsule form contain the highest levels of DPA and balanced levels of DHA and EPA, so you get more of the health benefits from your omega-3 supplement.

EPA Benefits

EPA has many health benefits for the heart and cardiovascular system. Studies have shown a link between increased intake of EPA and a lowered risk of primary and secondary heart attack rates and death from cardiovascular disease. In one study, higher EPA levels in blood serum phospholipids resulted in a 70% lower risk of fatal ischemic heart disease. This means people with documented coronary heart diseases, especially those with risk factors for sudden cardiac death, can benefit from EPA supplementation. Research shows omega-3 EPA has:
  • Cardioprotective functions
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Weight management properties

DHA Benefits

DHA is often associated with benefits to neurological, ocular, and nervous system health. This fatty acid is recognized as an essential nutrient in the brain and retina for neuronal functioning and visual acuteness. Health Canada has recognized the benefits of DHA, leading to the addition of regulated amounts of DHA in foods such as eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. Many experts also recommend increasing DHA intake for expectant and nursing mothers for its health benefits to mothers and infants. Research shows omega-3 DHA has:
  • Brain development support
  • Mental and food disorder fighting properties
  • Eye health benefits

DPA Benefits

DPA is only found in marine sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, and is the missing piece in many omega-3 supplements. DPA is a significant component of omega-3 fatty acids that is often overlooked. This is primarily because studies have historically been conducted using fish or fish oil, which contain only small amounts of DPA. Relatively few studies have been done using seal oil with its much higher content of DPA. Studies have shown that omega-3 supplements with DPA can benefit heart health, including lowered rates of coronary heart disease risk. While EPA is known for its cardiovascular benefits, DPA has been seen to be 10X more effective than EPA in healing damaged blood vessels. Research shows omega-3 DPA has:
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • EPA and DHA enhancing functions
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits

Recommendations

The following governments and international organizations have recommended an increase in omega-3 intake:
  • Health Canada
  • Governments of Australia and New Zealand (both governments recommend an increase in DPA intake, specifically)
  • American Heart Association
  • World Health Organization
  • European Society for Cardiology
  • United Kingdom Scientific Advisory Committee on Neutrino
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