Category Archives: Eicosapentaenoic Acid

Fish Oils as Anti-Stress Nutrients

Evidence suggests that fish oil may have particular anti-stress effects in humans and animals. For example, in one study researcher administered 7.2 grams of fish oils per day to humans for 3 weeks. The subjects were then exposed to mental … Continue reading

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Docosahexaenoic Acid and Stress Hormones

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) is a fatty acid found in marine algae and fish oils. Once consumed by humans the DHA is interconverted into other long chain fatty acids including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)). These fatty acids have … Continue reading

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Eicosapentaenoic Acid Reduces Cortisol

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) is a fatty acid found in fish oil. Evidence suggests that fish oil may have antidepressant effects, and this may relate to the presence of EPA. Studies have investigated the effects of EPA on depression … Continue reading

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Fish Oils May Reduce Cortisol Levels

Fish oils have a number of health effects in humans and animals. This relates to the ability of fish to deliver long chain marine fats including eicosapentaenoic acid ((EPA, C20:4m (n-3)) and docosahexaenoic acid ((DHA, C22:6 (n-3)). These long chain … Continue reading

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Walnuts as a Source of Alpha Linolenic Acid

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Sprat Essential Fatty Acid Content Varies

Cold water fish are a good source of the essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These essential fatty acids feed into the essential fatty acid pathways in humans and animals and allow the production of important … Continue reading

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Fats for Brain Health

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids as Anti-Inflammatory Psychotropic Agents

Omega-3 fatty acids share a common mechanism of action with many current pharmacological psychotropic agents that are used to treat depression. In this regard, omega-3 fatty acids can be thought of as anti-inflammatory psychotropic agents. This means that they can … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Mechanisms of Brain Protection

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have therapeutic effects in animals and humans. This effect is most pronounced where an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency exists. Omega-3 fatty acids have a number of effects on brain chemistry, but the exact … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Deficiency: Mood Disorders

The omega-3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is an essential fatty acid required by human for health. Alpha linolenic acid is metabolised to a number of hormone like substances called eicosanoids, and these have a wide range … Continue reading

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