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Essential Fatty Acids for Inflammation Control

by Dr. Jason Barker September 06, 2019

Essential Fatty Acids for Inflammation Control

Omega-3 fats are essential to human health; they’re not readily produced in the human body hence they’re referred to as ‘essential’. 

While certain traditional cultures consume enough fish to maintain good omega-3 levels, most modern diets are challenged in this area and supplementation becomes necessary.

Omega-3 fats have very powerful anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body. Notably, research has shown them to be highly beneficial in the brain and cardiovascular system and to have a protective effect against many diseases.

Best Uses for Essential Fatty Acids:

  • Limiting inflammation whether chronic (heart disease) or acute (from overuse)
  • Protecting the brain against dementia
  • Shutting down inflammation in asthma, heart disease, skin conditions, joint pain and overuse injuries
  • Boosting intake of omega-3’s in the diet

Here’s How Essential Fatty Acids Work:

Fish Oil Concentrate: The fish oil in Essential Fatty Acids is derived from anchovies and sardines due to their high concentration of EPA and DHA, the two most powerful omega-3 oils.

Standard fish oil extracts come in giant pills that are tough to swallow, cause burping and have a fish odor.  The fish oil in this product has no odor or taste due to the exceptionally clean deodorization and stabilization process during production. This also limits how the oils breakdown when stored.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid): EPA is one of the main omega-3 polyunsaturated fats found in fish.  EPA can inhibit arachidonic acid, our main pro-inflammatory fat and in doing so short-circuits the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase pathways. 

EPA ‘thins’ the blood by reducing blood viscosity and how ‘sticky’ the platelets are. EPA can boost levels of HDL “good” cholesterol by 12%.  One gram of the ethyl form of of EPA (in this formula) has been shown to be more effective in depression than larger quantities (2-4 grams) of non-ethyl form EPA.

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) DHA: DHA is the second main omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid derived from fish.  DHA is readily converted into EPA in humans, and competes in the same way that EPA does with arachidonic acid, limiting the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals.

DHA is one of the most common fatty acids in the brain and studies have shown higher intakes of this fat with less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is present in human breast milk and plays a key role in neurological development in infants all the way to young adults.

DHA is a potent anti-inflammatory, reduces triglycerides and increases HDL “good” cholesterol. It also has similar ‘blood thinning’ effects and may protect against blood clotting.

Omega-3 fats are some of the most important nutrients one can add to their regimen because of their widespread anti-inflammatory and disease modifying effects.  While consuming dietary fish is a great start, it’s difficult to achieve therapeutic levels of omega-3 fats in the body this way.  And sadly, so much of our fish supply is contaminated with mercury and other toxins that the FDA actually suggests limiting consumption. Therefore we highly recommend supplementing with a clean omega-3 supplement like Essential Fatty Acids!

Dr. Jason Barker
Dr. Jason Barker


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