EPA and antiinflamation
The benefits of EPA within the field of anti-inflammation are based, to a large extent, on its ability to counteract the pro-inflammatory effect that is capable of producing in our body one of the most abundant fats in our diet called arachidonic acid (AA), which is especially present in foods of animal origin (ie. meats, sausages, dairy etc.). Although DHA has also anti-inflammatory properties, EPA has more complete mechanisms of action against inflammation, which resemble typical NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, ie. aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen etc.) and corticosteroid drugs. In addition, EPA has exclusive additional anti-inflammatory strategies (ie. transformation in the organism of EPA into Resolvins and Protectins of the E series, substances of recognized anti-inflammatory effect). The effects of EPA begin to be seen 7-15 days after taking an appropriate dose (1-2 softgels/day), since it is necessary to accumulate a certain amount within the cell membranes before exhibiting its effects. Therefore, it is a supplement especially suitable to support people who have chronic inflammatory processes.
Some inflammatory scenarios where EPA can help are:
- joint or muscle problems (ie. arthritis, impingement, sports, etc.).
- skin inflammation
- respiratory inflammation (ie. bronchitis, pneumonia, COPD, allergic asthma etc.).
- brain inflammation (ie. trauma, concussions, autoimmune diseases etc.).
Regardless of the body area where an inflammatory process is located, in all cases pro-inflammatory substances will be generated that will contribute to damage the affected tissues. If we include in our diet a food such as EPA, capable of reducing the production of pro-inflammatory substances, then it will be possible to contain the damage to tissues and cells. In a way, EPA can be considered as a ‘sweeper of inflammatory debris’ that will result in a less hostile terrain which will make the tissues more receptive to the assimilation of other nutrients that might be of interest to reinforce the inflamed area. As an example, if a person has the bronchial lining inflamed, it would make sense to first reduce the inflammation of the respiratory lining (ie. with EPA) and then provide nutrients intended to reinforce the affected area (ie. Reishinua caps).
Salud cardiovascular y EPA
EPA, like DHA, has been shown to be able to reduce blood triglycerides, a type of fat which in excess, poses a risk to cardiovascular health. Also, given its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a very interesting support fatty acid in any cardiovascular problem where inflammation is present. Recently, EPA has been the subject of important media attention in the world of science following the results of two important studies that have highlighted its relevance in improving the cardiovascular health of patients with severe cardiovascular disorders. More specifically, through the JELIS and REDUCE-IT studies, it has been shown that taking EPA together with statins will provide greater benefits than taking statins on their own.
EPA and brain health
According to several studies, the interesting potential that EPA has in neuropsychiatric disorders (ie. schizophrenia, bipolar disease, depression, etc.) has been confirmed, either by itself or in combination with psychotropic drugs. Dose of approx. 2.5 g of EPA (approx. 2 softgels of NuaEPA 1200), can offer an interesting support in people with schizophrenia, bipolar disease etc. Adding EPA in these cases is always compatible with that of DHA (1-2 g / day), since this fatty acid, has important is a key com at the brain level that will undoubtedly contribute to a greater well-being.