Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is a long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid derived from the tissues of oily fish and marine mammals. It is found in greatest concentration in the livers of fish; otherwise it is widely available as a nutritional supplement. Eicosapentaenoic Acid inhibits two of the most inflammatory pathways in the body, cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase, by competing with arachidonic acid in these complicated processes.

These pathways are the targets of several types of anti-inflammatory prescription medications, including aspirin and the more recently developed Cox-inhibitors. In humans, Eicosapentaenoic Acid can be derived from another fatty acid that is similar in chemical structure, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The term ‘essential fatty acid' relates to the fact that these are a grouping of fats necessary for human health. Like ‘essential' amino acids, these fats must too be obtained from outside the body; either by dietary sources, supplementation, or a combination of both.

Eicosapentaenoic Acid
should not be confused with DHA. While most commercial fish oil products contain varying amounts of both oils, they each have Eicosapentaenoic Acid rate effects. Much of the research surrounding Eicosapentaenoic Acid was performed using fish oil products containing both omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, rather than solitary dosing of only EPA.

Products Containing Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Liquid Omega 3 $22.28
$22.28 1 PBL


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