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What is Pure EPA?
What do we mean by Pure EPA? Well, nearly all of the fish oils on the market today contain varying amounts of both EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), both of which are Omega 3 essential Fatty Acids with known beneficial properties.
However, in order to define a fish oil as Pure EPA, we would expect it to be just that. In other words, we would define Pure EPA fish oil to be one where the DHA has been removed, leaving an extremely high concentration of EPA.
Using this definition, there are very few fish oils on the market that can claim to be Pure EPA, but Pure EPA is one of them.
Pure EPA contains no DHA at all and with a 90% concentration of EPA, is Pure EPA fish oil, available exclusively from mind1st.
Can we get Omega 3 fatty acids from food?
The answer to this question is yes and no. Yes you can get Omega 3 from some plant sources but the Omega 3 fatty acid EPA is only really available in any significant concentration directly from eating oily fish like Herring, Sardines, Mackerel, Tuna, Swordfish and Anchovies.
In fact generations ago our ancestors ate more fish and their ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6 fatty acids was roughly equal. Today that is simply not the case. We are not advised to eat too much fish and as we are consuming more processed foods our intake of Omega 6 is higher than ever.
Omega 6 is vital for health too and like Omega 3 it cannot be produced by the body so has to be sourced from food. The problem is we have an abundance of Omega 6 in today’s western diet and not much Omega 3, and yet these two interact in the body to promote health.
On their own, Omega 6 fatty acids are pro inflammatory whereas Omega 3 helps to reduce inflammation. Omega 6 thickens the blood whereas Omega 3 helps to thin the blood. We need to lower our ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in order to improve health.
If it was an ideal world then yes we could get enough Omega 3 EPA simply by consuming more fish. However, the amount of EPA also varies from fish to fish.
Basically the larger the fish the more EPA it is likely to contain as larger fish eat smaller fish and consequently build up a greater concentration of EPA.
Another important consideration here is the toxic chemicals that are also present in fresh fish. The downside of eating fish high in EPA is that the larger predatory fish also contain more industrial contaminants.
However, no, you cannot get EPA from fresh fish in the kind of concentrations you can get with taking a fish oil supplement like Pure EPA.
Another advantage of Pure EPA is that the contaminants have been removed by highly sophisticated purification and filtration processes leaving pure oil concentrated in EPA.
What about Omega 3 from plant sources?
EPA is generally not present in plant sources and if it is it is a very small amount. The Omega 3 fatty acid that is present in plant sources and in some nuts and vegetable oils is in the form of ALA or Alpha Linolenic acid. This is the parent fatty acid in the Omega 3 family.
In theory our bodies should be able to produce EPA from the ALA in the plant sources however due to a number of reasons; our ability to do this has been severely diminished.
The ability to synthesis ALA in EPA varies from person to person but to sum it up, you would need to eat huge amounts of vegetable sources of ALA to get anywhere near enough EPA to make a difference. Some researchers are putting our ability to convert ALA into EPA at 5 percent or even lower.
Taking Pure EPA will help redress the imbalance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids and in doing so will not only help prevent disease but will enhance overall well being.
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