1. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
ALA supports heart health and creates beneficial brain cholesterol. However, ALA needs to be converted first to EPA and DHA to be used by the body. The person need sufficient levels on vitamin B1, B6, zinc and magnesium to do this, and if the body doesn’t have enough of these vitamins and minerals, the conversion of ALA to EPA/DHA may be ineffiecient.
2. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
EPA is responsible for reducing inflammation, supporting heart health, and improving mood.
3. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
Of all the omega-3s, DHA gets by far the most notable for its role in brain function.
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For your best health, be sure you’re getting enough EPA and DHA because these are the “active forms” of omega-3s. EPA and DHA are mostly found in marine plants and animals like fish and algae. High quality fish oil supplements also contain rich amounts of EPA and DHA that could be readily absorbed by the body.
When buying fish oil supplemets, look for the highest DHA to EPA you can find to get the best value. A good ratio to look for is 12% DHA and 18% EPA.
Some vegetable oil capsules which contain omega 3 fatty acids that are only ALA, are practically worthless. ALA, as said before is still needed to be converted to DHA before it can give the body some benefits. As we age, our ability to do this conversion rapidly diminishes. This is why the best way to get Omega 3 DHA is by taking fish oil.
Our chiropractors at North Shore Chiropractic uses high quality fish oils too! 🙂 Visit lifeessentials.co.nz to buy the fish oil that we’re using.
If you have any additional questions regarding Omegas, our office is more than happy to help.