Posted by Fazal Imtiaz

Importance of DHA and EPA

The FDA has recommended daily doses for Omega-3 fatty acids but not for individual types of fatty acids. Two of the most important fatty acids are DHA and EPA.  According to medical journal, Nutrients, these long-chain omega-3s are critical for health- supporting heart health, kidney function, blood vessel and blood pressure functions.  Both are also precursors of certain eicosanoids that are known to reduce inflammation in the body and improve hypertriglyceridemia.

But when considering individual levels of each fatty acid it is tough to determine just how much Omega-3 fish oil can be converted into DHA and EPA.  Adult females convert about 21% of Omega 3 into EPA and only 9% into DHA.  Adult males convert about 8% of omega 3 into EPA and only 0-4% of Omega 3 into DHA.