DHA levels in the body remain fairly stable (it anchors on the inside of our cell membranes which is in contrast to EPA which is found on the outside of the cell membrane); also, with DHA’s low turnover, we do not need vast amounts of DHA. Technically, the body has the ability to produce DHA from EPA, although this enzyme pathway tends to be very inefficient (this very same enzyme is the one responsible for converting short-chain fatty acids to long-chain EPA). We recommend including a wide variety of foods rich in short- and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, such as walnuts, flaxseeds and oily fish, whilst taking pure EPA as a clinical intervention for inflammatory control. In addition, for those individuals who wish to know the status of their omega-3 levels, it is now possible to check EPA and DHA blood plasma concentrations with our Opti-O-3 fatty acid biomarker test.
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