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The Health Benefits We Can Get from EPA and DHA

Updated on January 1, 2012

Factors such as stress, pollution, unhealthy diet, and lack of sleep, rest and exercise are certainly not good for the body as it weakens the immune system and can make one vulnerable to various ailments, infection, cancer and even depression.

Good thing we can rely on fish oil for the supplements and nutrients that we may in need of. Fish oil supplements are actually extracted from the tissue of oily fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, lake trout and sardines. Fish oils are rich in the essential Omega 3 fatty acids such as the EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic).

Here are the health benefits of EPA and DHA:

Our body cannot be able to make both EPA and DHA, since these two essential fatty acids comes from food like fish oil, and are believed to have some very useful health benefits to humans. EPA and DHA may lower the risk of coronary heart disease to ward off depression, swellings, cancer and arthritis. Fish oil can also be helpful in making different parts of our body in tip top shape such as our eyes, skin and brain.

EPA and DHA may also reduce inflammation by thwarting production of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules, hence it may avert serious illnesses related to inflammation.

Pregnant women and unborn children may also benefit from fish oils. On the part of the children, fish oils may promote healthier brain that translates to an increased intelligence, healthier nervous system development, better eyesight, fewer behavioral problems after birth of children and better sleeping patterns for the babies.

On the other hand pregnant mothers consuming fish oils may reduce the risk developing preecampsia, decreased likelihood of preterm labor and lower the incidence of having a breast cancer.

And if you are conscious about the health of your skin, fish oils can be very helpful. EPA is directly linked to skin health such as oil production, increased skin hydration, decreased acne and wrinkles, reduced LDL (harmful cholesterol levels) in the body, and thwarted build up of fats (triglycerides). Moreover, it boosts the body’s HDL’s (useful) cholesterol levels and lower inflammation in the blood.

Fish oils that comes in soft gel capsules are usually sold on the market should not have a fish-like after taste and it should emanate from anchovies, mackerel and tuna.

Conclusion: EPA and DHA can be very potent on your pursuit of having a healthy body and mind. It makes sense to invest on your body since you cannot afford to be sick especially on these times where our family needs us.


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