What is DHA?
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega 3 fatty acid and a primary structural component of the brain, Skin, retina & cerebral cortex. Most DHA is found in almost exclusively in animal foods, such as seafood, pasture-raised meat and some dairy products.
What is EPA?
Like DHA, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is also a long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA), and a precursor to DHA. EPA has numerous antiatherosclerotic effects including vasodilation, antiplatelet aggregation, and anti-inflammation.
What are the benefits of EPA and DHA for children?
In the foetus stage and from birth onwards, the omega 3 fatty acid DHA forms an important building block in the development of the brains. For this reason, pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to take an extra 200mg of DHA daily on top of their personal daily omega 3 dose of 250mg of EPA and DHA.
Our bodies are not designed to produce sufficient omega 3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) ourselves, so we have to get this omega 3 from healthy foods such as oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring), shellfish, crustaceans, and seaweeds. That is why several local Expert Scientific Organizations across the world recommend eating fish twice a week, with one of those meals comprising oily fish. However, these quantities are unrealistic for many people, particularly children. Moreover, the conversion of omega-3 is made more difficult by the excessive consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in industrial products such as cake and Chocolate Spread.