Major changes in modern diet over the last century have led to a decrease in the general consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. Since this is considered a cornerstone nutrient for human health it is important to get plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids via diet, supplementation, or both. Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are common and often overlooked. These may include dry, itchy or flaky skin, poor sleep quality, poor circulation, eye discomfort, mood imbalance, and brain fog.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that functions as a metabolic precursor to important lipids (fats) known as prostaglandins. Prostaglandins regulate processes like inflammation, blood flow, and the formation of blood clots. Food sources include albacore tuna, anchovies, halibut, oysters and salmon.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is crucial to brain development. DHA is a major structural component of the brain and is absorbed by the brain in preference to all other EFA’s.
Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), a third key fatty acid, is an intermediary between EPA and DHA. DPA plays a significant role in cardiovascular, neurological and cognitive health.