Once we launched More Omega, you started asking, “Why DHA supplementation and EPA? What is the difference between DHA vs EPA?”

While today is Valentine’s Day, I’m not here to chat about that. Fun fact: I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day at all. Never have been, never will be.

However, February is also National Heart Month which does coincide with today’s topic — inflammation.

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  3. What is the difference between DHA and EPA and what different effects do they have on the body?
  4. The positive effects of supplementing with a high-quality fish oil
  5. What is the ratio of EPA to DHA in More Omega?

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Let me back up for a second.

When the experts start discussing National Heart Month, they always mention fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring. Fish oil is commonly mentioned as well.

And whether it’s National Heart Month or Autoimmune Disease month, the one word that unites them all is INFLAMMATION.

Inflammation affects us to a greater extent than almost anything else.

So, it’s common for this to be mentioned,

Eat healthy Omega-3’s and/or take an Omega-3 supplement.

And that is because Omega-3’s are known to counter chronic inflammation. And in this case, as you’ll see, thought the entire body.

But what does that really mean?

Omega-3 Supplements

Well, when you take to the Google and enter, “What is an Omega 3 supplement,” up pops an article from the Cleveland Clinic.

Some important takeaways from the article for discussion today:

  1. Your body can’t produce the amount of omega-3s you need to survive. So, omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients, meaning you need to get them from the foods you eat.
  2. There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). EPA is a “marine omega-3” because it’s found in fish.
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is also a marine omega-3 found in fish.
  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). ALA is the form of omega-3 found in plant foods.

Omega-3s are essential nutrients that you need to get from your diet.

When you get ALA from food, your body is able to turn some of the ALA into EPA and subsequently to DHA.

However, this process provides just a small amount of EPA and DHA. So, dietary sources of EPA and DHA (like fish) are essential.

As that article was directly correlated to heart health, I wanted to find another one more relevant to our community. 

PubMed released an article with the title, “Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases.”

In the article it is stated,

There have been a number of clinical trials assessing the benefits of dietary supplementation with fish oils in several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches. Many of the placebo-controlled trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Let’s break each of these down further.

Now, before I continue on, let me be very clear. I am all about food vs supplements as a first option and first line of defense.

Always. End of story. 

And so, let me first start with a list of foods which are high in Omega 3’s.

Foods that Contain Higher Doses of Omega 3’s

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Trout
  • Oysters
  • Anchovies
  • Flaxseed
  • Caviar
  • Chia seeds

Sources: HERE and HERE

Many sources will even state that you should get your omega-3’s from food vs. supplements. 

However, we should break this idea down more.

Since omega-3’s are essential nutrients, we must get them from the foods we eat.

The problem with this is that most people who are non Vegetarian, get them from fish.

But getting high-quality fish is not easy for many people. I am one of them. Sure, when we lived in California, I had access to the best and freshest fish 24/7.

But now that we live in a small town in southern Minnesota where the Walmart is our only grocery store? Not so much.

The NIH states,

Average intake of ω-3 fatty acids has decreased to less than 20 % of what was present in common diets 150 years ago. About 95–99 % of the population gets ω-3 fatty acids lesser than that required for good health, making ω-3 fatty acids an essential nutrient and therefore the most therapeutic of all the essential nutrients (20 minerals, 14 vitamins, 8–11 amino acids, 2 fatty acids).

If you are able to obtain the appropriate amount of omega-3’s from high-quality oily fish alone, then more power to you.

But if you’re like me — and, I’d argue this is where most people fall — you will want to supplement with a high-quality omega-3. 

And this brings me to point 2.

What is included in a high-quality omega-3 supplement?

Well, remember what I stated earlier about the three main types of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA and ALA but when you get ALA from food, your body is able to turn some of the ALA into EPA and subsequently to DHA.

The conversion of ALA provides just a small amount of EPA and DHA.

So, dietary sources of EPA and DHA (like fish) are essential.

So, if we need both EPA and DHA then what are they and what do they provide?

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA work differently against chronic inflammation, according to the results of a small randomized recent study conducted by researchers at Tufts University, suggesting each has its own important role to play in regulating the immune system.

One source states, “DHA is more of the “neck-up” omega-3 (although it also supports a healthy heart), whereas EPA is more of the “neck-down” omega-3 (although it also supports a healthy mood).”

And another states the “benefits of EPA are anti-inflammatory while DHA is known for boosting brain health.”

The NIH states,

Fish and fish oil are the richest sources of EPA with contents ranging from 39 % to 50 % for both fresh and salt water fish (Kinsella 1990)

They also state that DHA is present in fish oil and red brown algae. It is a major brain ω-3 fatty acid and is also found in eye ball (retina). Brain is made up of about 65% fat and out of this 50% is DHA. (source)

High-Quality Fish Oil Supplements

Now here’s the deal, companies will call out that their omega-3 supplement contains “more” DHA or “more” EPA.

But when I thought about getting in More Omegas via supplementation, I thought, “We need them both. Gut-brain. All for the sake of reducing both gut inflammation and brain inflammation.” Right?

And so, it was important for me to include an Omega-3 supplement in the A Gutsy Girl supplement line at guthealingsupplements.com 

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When I use code GUTHEALING10 at checkout I’ll save 10% on my entire first order.

More Omega contains a 1 to 1 ratio: EPA to DHA.

If it isn’t already apparent, I’m pretty passionate about inflammation reduction through food and lifestyle, including supplements in order to heal the gut and heal the life.

I did it for myself and I want the same for you.

Here are my top 6 reasons why More Omega is the best type of omega-3 supplementation out there:

  1. More Omega fatty acid uses the more natural triglyceride form of fatty acids, making it more bioavailable and easily recognized by the body. It’s 100% sourced from sustainable wild-caught Alaskan fish and processed to remove PCBs, chlorinated organopollutants and heavy metals.
  2. It also comes in soft-gel form, which has important benefits over the liquid forms of fish oil available on the market today. The first benefit is that once a bottle of liquid fish oil is opened, it begins to oxidate fairly quickly so that by the time you finish the bottle the oil may have deteriorated substantially.
  3. The shape of the More Omega combination of EPA + DHA supplements is long and thin vs thick and round. Like most of you, I loathe swallowing pills, since it was a part-time job on my healing journey. But even though this is a long one, it’s super thin. The thick, round ones used to get caught in my throat so now I have PTSD over those. The way I explain the shape is the way children’s caregivers explain the way they cut up hotdogs to avoid choking — long and thin vs short and round.
  4. The More Omega soft-gels have added lipase to the formula. Ready for this one my GUTSY friends?! —> Lipase is an enzyme that helps to break down the fat even further to make it readily usable by the body. This is especially important for those with compromised digestion, lack of a gallbladder, or if you just don’t want it to repeat on you (ie fishy burps, I know, gross).
  5. Taking only 2 soft-gels of More Omega per day will help you to significantly improve your intake of healthy omega 3 fats which can have a widespread and lasting impact on your overall health and wellbeing. (1:1 DHA ratio to EPA ratio)
  6. Last, but not least — this supplement contains no dairy, soy, gluten and is non-GMO.

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