What are EPA and DHA March 21 2013

EPA and DHA belong to the group of nutrients knows as polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA long-chain Omega-3 acids or marine origin, and they are essential nutrients in our diet. 

EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5(n-3)). EPA is an important structural component of every single cell in our bodies. In addition to this structural role, EPA also carries out some critical functions in the body. 

DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid (22:6(n-3)). DHA is one of the main structural components of the human brain, retina (eyes), cerebral cortex, skin, sperm, and testicles. 

The best source of EPA and DHA are oily fish that is low in mercury and fish oil.