What about EPA?
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is another fatty acid that is part of the omega-3 conversion chain. However, DHA conversion into EPA is generally very effective and can even be reversed to convert EPA back into DHA, should the body require it. Supplementing with DHA should therefore be adequate to address both DHA and EPA requirements, alongside a diet providing ALA-rich foods (e.g.: chia seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts).
Good news for vegans and vegetarians
This product is 100% vegan friendly, even the gelatin-free soft capsule is of 100% vegan-friendly origin. Adequate omega 3 intake is often of concern for vegans/vegetarians, especially DHA intake (which is generally only found in oily fish). Although alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the only true essential omega 3 fatty acid (present in flaxseed oil, chia seeds and walnuts), there are various conversion processes that are required for ALA conversion into DHA. Vegans are often concerned that these conversion processes don’t occur effectively to ensure optimal DHA stores. Therefore, to ensure a direct intake of DHA, Omega Pure is the obvious choice for vegans and vegetarians, alongside high quality dietary sources of ALA. In clinical trials using the algae oil in Omega Pure, Geppert et al. (2005) found that vegetarians significantly increased their levels of DHA when compared to a placebo group. They also found a significant increase in EPA levels. In the study, after 8 weeks, DHA levels increased by 161% and EPA levels by 33% in the trial group. There was zero change in the placebo group.
Good news for anyone keen to support brain power
The human brain is approximately 60% fat, with DHA being the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain, comprising a whopping 40% of the brain’s polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). DHA is particularly concentrated in brain cell (neuron) membranes and is therefore an essential part of effective communication between brain cells. DHA is highly concentrated in the regions of the brain that are involved with memory, with various studies demonstrating that DHA is involved in memory retention and learning processes. DHA is also involved in the synthesis and function of brain chemicals (‘neurotransmitters’) that are involved with numerous regulatory processes in the body, including cognitive capacity, mood regulation and even appetite regulation. DHA has powerful anti-inflammatory activity and may therefore also protect brain tissue against inflammation and oxidative stress (which may negatively influence brain cell integrity and function). In conclusion, cognitive function (including concentration, memory, learning ability and alertness) is undeniably dependent upon adequate DHA levels in the brain, suggesting that Omega Pure may be useful for anyone who seeks to support optimal cognitive processing, from students to corporates to moms with busy kids.
Good news for preconception care, pregnant, and lactating women Preconception care for father:
Sperms contain approximately 15% of DHA, emphasizing the importance of this fatty acid in the integrity, function and health of sperms. DHA may therefore be useful as part of preconception care for the father, alongside a nutrient-dense, whole food diet to ensure optimal nutrient intake.
Pregnancy, lactation and preconception care for mother:
DHA is a critical part of the baby’s brain development during pregnancy and also during the post-natal (‘after pregnancy’) period. DHA is also required for the optimal development of the baby’s retina and visual cortex, suggesting the importance of DHA for both brain and visual development. During pregnancy and lactation, the fetus’ nutrient requirements enjoy dominance over the mother’s nutrient requirements; therefore, to ensure adequate availability of this fatty acid during pregnancy and lactation, the mother’s DHA stores need to be taken care of during the preconception period – both for herself and the fetus. Unfortunately, many women only start taking DHA-containing supplements during pregnancy and, if maternal DHA stores aren’t optimal, DHA may be drawn from the mother’s stores (especially from the mother’s brain tissue) to ensure the fetus/infant is receiving adequate amounts. Maternal DHA depletion may contribute to post-natal depression and impaired cognitive function: DHA is integrally part of effective communication between brain cells and therefore directly involved in mood regulation and cognitive functioning (does ‘mommy brain’ make sense now?).
Good news for everyone
The standard Western diet is generally low in omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA. Omega 3 fatty acids are required for many processes and pathways in the human body, so if the diet doesn’t provide the body with sufficient amounts, it may impair health in more ways than one, especially on a cellular level. Omega 3 fats are highly concentrated in cellular membranes and helps to keep membranes flexible, thereby enabling effective communication between cells: allowing hormones and other messengers to ‘speak’ to cells, allowing waste material to exit cells for recycling purposes and allowing critical components to cross over the membrane into the cell as needed.
DHA has demonstrated powerful anti-inflammatory activity, which may be useful to support overall health and also conditions/symptoms that are related to excessive inflammation. An imbalance between omega 6 and omega 3 stores in the body may contribute to excessive inflammation; therefore, supplying the body with DHA may assist in balancing out omega 3 and omega 6 to regulate inflammatory processes in the human body.
Hormone regulation is dependent upon effective cellular communication and cellular processing of these hormones. As mentioned, DHA is highly concentrated in cellular membranes, so if DHA levels are inadequate it may reduce the ability cells to respond effectively to hormones.
DHA and EPA may be useful cardio-protective fatty acids: DHA and EPA are indicated in preventing platelet aggregation (thereby potentially reducing risk of blood clot formation). DHA and EPA are also known to possess powerful.
May be useful for:
Fertility; brain health; pregnancy; preconception care; breastfeeding; hormone regulation (PMS, etc.); mood regulation (depression, anxiety, stress, etc.); inflammation-related symptoms (joint pains / arthritis, menstrual cramps, brain fog, skin conditions, etc.); skin conditions (dermatitis, acne, dry skin, etc.); cardiovascular health (may help to lower blood triglycerides and blood cholesterol, especially LDL cholesterol; anti-inflammatory activity protects against inflammatory damage to arteries).