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Omega-3s are fatty acids that, like omega-6, are deemed essential fatty acids, as they are important for health, but we cannot produce them in the body.Intake of omega-3s from the diet has decreased in recent years.

EPA and DHA are two of the main forms of omega-3 fatty acids.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) are long-chain fatty acids, which are highly unsaturated (polyunsaturated). One of the main sources of both is fish oil from cold water fish.

EPA has a physiological function. The proven benefits of EPA are:

Contributes to normal heart function
Contributes to normal blood function
EPA is an anti-inflammatory.

DHA has a physiological function. The proven benefits of DHA are:

Contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
Contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function
Contributes to normal heart function
DHA is especially important for brain and eye development during pregnancy and early childhood.

Though beneficial, the third omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (Alpha-linolenic acids), has less potent health benefits than the other omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA.

ALA omega-3 can be found in plant-based foods such as flaxseeds, avocado and walnuts.

EPA and DHA fatty acids can be made from ALA in our bodies, but there is limited conversion. Making EPA and DHA from ALA happens very slowly and only small amounts are formed. It is therefore recommended that the best way to get EPA and DHA is to eat foods rich in these fatty acids, as well as supplementing the diet, with products such as those from MINAMI.

Most people see a benefit from using a high-strength omega-3 supplement within 3 to 12 weeks based on studies. However, it depends on whether they are taking sufficient amounts and also the right ratio of EPA to DHA.