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What’s the Difference Between ALA, EPA, and DHA?

Did you know that there are different types of Omega-3s?

Well, there are! Three different types to be exact. Let’s discuss each of them, as well as how they help our bodies perform at optimal levels.

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is an essential fatty acid which can be found in plant-based foods, such as walnuts, flax seeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, etc. While ALA is essential, meaning our bodies do not create it on their own, EPA and DHA are the biologically active forms of this fatty acid.

EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) are long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids are the most powerful Omega-3s for our bodies, and are most commonly found in fish. EPA is known for supporting the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response, whereas DHA strengthens the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.

ALA is good for you, but EPA and DHA are better! This is due to the way they are synthesized, as ALA is very inefficient in converting to EPA and DHA. It’s estimated conversion to DHA is only 6%, and a mere 3.8% to DHA. Therefore, consuming EPA and DHA directly is the best way to ensure that your body is getting the essential fatty acids it needs.

The average American diet does not include nearly enough Omega-3 rich foods, which is why supplementation is recommended. Lysi offers a wide variety of great tasting, high-grade products which allow consumers to receive high dosages of Omega-3s without experiencing any nasty fishy aftertaste or repeats.