Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Main Components

DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid: Identified as an essential building block of the brain, nerve and eye tissue. It is especially important to development of infants visual acuity and motor skills. DHA is supplied naturally through mother's breast milk and more recently through DHA supplemented formula. Harp seal oil is an excellent source of DHA.

EPA or Eicosapentaenoic acid: abundantly present in seal oil reduces inflammation and blood clots within the cardiovascular system. Clinical tests have shown that people whose diets are rich in EPA are less prone to inflamed joints (Rheumatoid arthritis), inflammation of the intestine (Crohn's disease), lupus, asthma, multiple sclerosis and skin disease.

DPA or Docosapentaenoic acid: only found in significant amounts in human milk, and seal oil. This component is almost as important as either EPA or DHA. About 1/3 of the long chain Omega-3 fatty acids circulating in human blood is attributable to DPA. In the blood vessel walls, EPA can actually be converted to DPA as the effective agent.

ALA or Alpha linolenic acid: While DHA, EPA, and DPA are found primarily in fish, ALA is found in the highest compositions in plant oils like flaxseed oil. It can also be found, though sometimes only in trace amounts, in oils such as canola, soy, and walnut oils. ALA is also found in wild plants such as purslane (often considered a common garden weed). An important fact to remember about ALA is that it can only be utilized by the body once our bodies actually "convert" it to EPA and DHA, the two omega 3 fatty acids more readily used by the body. If our bodies aren't healthy to start, the benefit of ALA can be lost on some of us.
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