What is DHA?
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega 3 fatty acid and a primary structural component of the brain, Skin, retina and cerebral cortex. As most DHA is found in almost exclusively in animal foods, such as seafood, pasture-raised meat and some dairy products, there is less DHA in a typical vegan & vegetarian diet than in an omnivorous one. The only significant source of preformed DHA in plant foods is microalgae, which is why Minami Nutrition VeganDHA Capsules are made from Schizochytrium Sp algae oil.
What is EPA?
Like DHA, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is also an omega-3 fatty acid, which can be difficult to obtain from a typical vegan & vegetarian diet. EPA has numerous antiatherosclerotic effects including vasodilation, antiplatelet aggregation, and anti-inflammation, and because it is a precursor to DHA, it's important to ensure sufficient levels of both of these long chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
What foods contain Vegan sources of EPA and DHA?
Some vegan & vegetarian friendly Food sources of EPA & DHA include;
What are the benefits of EPA and DHA?
The Body can only make very small amounts of DHA from other fatty acids, so it is essential to consume it, along with EPA, directly from foods or from a supplement like Minami Nutrition VeganDHA. Together, DHA and EPA may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, while on its own, DHA supports brain & eye health, men’s reproductive systems, and circulation. EPA on it's own is thought to benefit those with Depression, and women during the Menopause.