What is Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil?

November 4th, 2013

Fish oil is a complicated combination of various fats and fatty acids which are sourced from the tissues of oily fish. One of the fatty acids is docosahexaenoic acid or DHA, the other main fatty acid is eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA. These are the Omega 3 essential fatty acids. They are named essential as they are vital for the human metabolism to function correctly but can’t be produced by the body, so have to be consumed in food. There are approximately 35 different fatty acids  in fish oil but for all intents and purposes there are 4 fatty acids which are of interest:

  • DHA – docosahexaenoic acid
  • EPA – eicospentaenoic acid
  • ALA – alpha linolenic acid
  • DPA – docosapentaenoic acid

and of these four, DHA and EPA are the fatty acids which are of main interest from a health improvement viewpoint with DHA being the most important, complex and beneficial fatty acid of all.

DHA and EPA are known and have been proved to reduce inflammation in the human body, there are many other health benefits.

fish oils are not produced by the fish themselves but are accumulated by the consuming of micro algae or other fish which are prey to the consuming fish.

One of the biggest studies into the benefits of fish oil found that fish oil definitely helped to prevent heart disease. Other studies have shown that Omega 3 DHA fish oil can be benefical for

  • improved brain function
  • balancing cholesterol levels
  • helping joint function by reducing inflammation
  • improving skin, nail and hair condition
  • improving immune system
  • lessening cancer risks
  • improving vision
  • improving digestive system – helping those with Crone’s Disease and IBS
  • helping people deal with allergies
  • when taken by mothers when pregnant it can protect the baby from allergic conditions
  • improves insulin secretion and therefore regulating blood sugar for diabetics

DHA can’t  be synthesized by the human body and EPA, ALA and DPA are not easily produced, therefore as the essential fatty acids are (as they sound) essential for normal metabolism it is vital that  a source of fresh and pure Omega 3 fatty acids is available for consumption.

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