EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)

What is EPA?
EPA, which stands for eicosapentaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid that aids in the production of substances that control blood clotting and other physiological processes of the arteries. It is a substance that people typically obtain from eating coldwater fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, or mackerel. While these fish are a dietary source of EPA, they do not actually produce it themselves and instead obtain it from their diet of the algae. Other possible sources of EPA for humans include microalgae and spirulina, which are being developed more and more for commercial consumption.

What are the health benefits of EPA?
EPA has been touted for having a number of health benefits and studies continue to be done on the nature of the various medical claims that have been made. EPA is thought to have certain anti-cancer properties, as populations with diets rich in EPA have a low incidence of cancer. Studies have shown that EPA shows promise as a treatment for the prevention of major coronary events with a special emphasis on non-fatal coronary events, as well as thrombosis. Studies have also shown that the administration of EPA led to clinical improvement on subjects being treated for depression and social phobias. EPA has also been used for its ability to reduce arachidonic acid in the body when treating asthma as well as treating inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Where can I find EPA?
EPA can be found in fish oil supplements, which can be found in online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative medical practitioners.

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