Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are known to provide health benefits to those who supplement with them. In addition to traditional nutrients, there is a family of essential fats that is crucial for optimal health and proper functions of the human cellular membranes: the omega-3 fats.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are in the primary omega-3 fats found in fish oil. In the first six months of life, DHA has been noted to be important in the development of the nervous system, a fact that has made omega-3s popular with new parents. The benefits of DHA and EPA have encouraged many baby formula makers to incorporate DHA into their products.
DHA is naturally produced by the human body but in a small quantity. That is why DHA and EPA have to be procured from food like coldwater fatty fish (including tuna, mackerel and salmon), phytoplankton or in supplement form. The supplements derived from plankton do not contain EPA, however.
The health benefits of omega-3 fats are well documented in the scientific literature. Numerous studies demonstrate the benefits of the omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA. DHA is important for the structure and function of cell membranes particularly those of the nervous system.* DHA is critical for normal, healthy brain structure and function.* EPA is found in small amounts in the brain, but is required for numerous regulatory functions throughout the body. EPA helps support a healthy inflammatory response and optimal cardiovascular function.* Cardiovascular benefits of omega-3’s include the ability to support a normal, healthy heartbeat, normal blood clotting as well as healthy blood triglyceride levels.* Inflammation in the body can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease and strokes.
- Numerous studies demonstrate the powerful cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fats, particularly EPA.*
- EPA has the potential to regulate the production of prostaglandins that have a beneficial effect on inflammatory processes in the body.*
- EPA helps support normal, healthy blood circulation by helping to regulate blood clotting processes.*
- EPA helps support normal, healthy cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism.*
- DHA is essential for normal fetal and infant brain development, and supports normal, healthy brain function and vision throughout life.*
- DHA supports the structure of cell membranes, particularly those of nerve cells. The structure of the nerve cell membrane is critical to healthy nervous system function, particularly that of the brain.
*These statements have not been evaluated by The Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.