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The Value of DPA in OMEGA 3

The Value of DPA in OMEGA 3


DPA: An Increasingly Critical Link in Hearth Health & Brain Function

For 30 years, expansive clinical and university research has been conducted on the health benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are required for human health but are not produced by the human body. One must consume them in a supplement or in food. 

The collective research on omega-3 fish oils has demonstrated therapeutic benefits in regards to neural function, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol and lipid profiles. 

In recent years a lot of attention has been given to EPA & DHA as significant parts of the long-chain fatty acid omega-3 profile; however, there is an intermediary between EPA & DHA called DPA (docosapentaenoic acid). Scientist now know this is the missing link to the health puzzle of omega 3 supplements. The only problem is most omega-3 fish oils do not have DPA nor do they have a high EPA or DHA ratio. 

When it comes to conditions like cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and cholesterol and triglyceride health - DPA has increasingly caught the attention of the scientific community. 

DPA: A Scientific Overview

Many fish oils are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids but the majority of them lack a meaningful amount of DPA. Emerging evidence suggest DPA plays a substantial role in just how effective an Omega-3 supplement will work. To truly have a therapeutic, nutraceutical reward, the omega-3 fish oil must have an adequate DPA content. 

Menhaden fish found in the northern Atlantic have a high DPA ratio to EPA and DHA. Only seals has similar levels this high. According to the USDA and the National Nutrient Database Release SR22 - the Menhaden fish oil used in Norwegian Omega 3 is the number one source for DPA. 

Omega-3 fatty acids have consistently been shown to play a positive role in preventive and protective health and now are thought of as part of a healthy lifestyle. While some clinical work remains to fully understand how DPA actually works, the fact that it is needed is undeniable. 

Protective Role in Cardiovascular Health

Two clinical studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between DPA and the prevention of cardiovascular disease in humans. The first research in Eastern Finland published a study demonstrating DPA's role in reducing the risk of acute coronary events. A Japanese study found additional associations between DPA supplementation and lower cardiovascular risk events. 

Reducing Triglycerides and Cholesterol

Numerous studies have shown us how EPA and DHA lower triglycerides (TG) and choleterol levels in th plasma and liver. Recently, similar research has shown that DPA also possess lipid metabolism improving effects similar to EPA and DHA. Results point to the synergistic potential of the three compounds in a nutritional supplement - that will improve cholesterol and TG levels. 

Protective Role in Cognitive (Brain) Function

In 2010 Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland publish a groundbreaking study that demonstrates DPA plays a significant role in protecting against normal cognitive decline due to aging and general loss of synaptic function. DPA was found to possess a neuro-restorative effect in the hippocampus by decreasing two major biochemical mechanisms: microglial activation and oxidative stress. 

What's So Important About Fish Oils and Omega 3s Anyway?

Fish oils are an exceptionally potent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which, through their integral role in energy storage, brain chemistry, and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, among other things, play a part in maintaining the health of nearly every system in your body. Through their interactions with Omega-6 fats, they have been shown to benefit the body in multiple ways, including:

* Reducing heart arrhythmias
* Promoting healthy joints and lessening arthritic pain
* Cleaning up harmful neurotoxins that cause Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, among other brain diseases
* Improving skin health
* Detoxifying the liver
* Providing more energy and balanced blood sugar levels
* Preventing macular degeneration, the number one cause of age-related blindness
* And many more!

Because they work in tandem, it is important to include the same amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats in your diet. However, due to modern diets and food processing practices, our diets may contain as much as thirty times the Omega 6s as Omega 3s. Omega 6 fats produce more inflammatory metabolites than Omega 3s, meaning that muscles, nerves, and even organs can be subjected to undue stress when too many Omega 6s are consumed.

Types of Omega-3 Fats in NORWEGIAN OMEGA 3


EPA (eicosapentoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid naturally found in the fish oils in Norwegian Omega 3, is a noted anti-inflammatory compound used to treat everything from arthritis to asthma.

As autoimmune disease suppressants, the eicosanoids metabolized from EPA regulate the damage caused by inflammatory immune system elements such as cytokines. Omega-6 eicosanoids tend to produce these molecules, which are activated by oxidative stress (and in turn cause oxidative stress when they're activated, in order to activate other cytokines), but this inflammatory response can get out of hand without omega-3-produced eicosanoids deriving from EPA. Omega-3 eicosanoids reduce the oxidative stress when there aren't any bacteria or viruses to fight, restoring the body to a natural state of equilibrium. 

EPA has also been shown to lower incidences of schizophrenia, depression, and suicidal behavior, due to its ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules in the brain.

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the other major compound in Norwegian Pure Omega 3, is a major component of brain and retinal tissue. DHA supplementation can prevent a number of degenerative diseases including macular degeneration in the eyes and Alzheimer's Disease. DHA helps to form several neurotransmitters, which are essential to normal nerve and brain function. In addition, the docosanoids synthesized from DHA can also help to reduce inflammation in muscular, joint and immune systems.

Not All Fish Oil Supplements Are Created Equal

Many fish oil supplements on the market today are watered down with unnecessary ingredients at best, and toxic chemicals at worst. NORWEGIAN OMEGA 3 - Double Strength contains up to three to five times as much EPA and DHA as other leading fish oil brands. You get pharmaceutical-grade Omega-3 supplementation, without the potential side effects or cost. Thanks to the purity of Norwegian waters and our molecular distillation process, our softgels are 100% free of harmful industrial compounds.

In addition, many people have had trouble with fish oil supplements causing reflux or gag responses. Fish oils, while incredibly healthy, can taste awful. It's an unspoken understanding in the medical world that the worse something tastes, the healthier it is for you. We add lemon extract, orange oil, and enteric coatings to our easy-to-swallow, odor-controlled softgels, allowing you to have the best health benefits and taste possible.

Keep in mind that human beings can't produce their own Omega-3 fatty acids. Because of our diet, it is often incredibly difficult to get enough omega 3s to ensure adequate brain and heart health. Omega 3 supplementation is almost a necessity in this day and age. Which pill will you take? The choice is yours, but if you want the most efficient, safest, easiest-to-swallow fish oil supplement on the market, Norwegian Pure Omega 3 is the product for you.



Clean Label: Manufactured from a single, clean source of fish, the menhaden in U.S. waters along the Atlantic.

Vertically Integrated : integrated operation that controls every step of the production process – from company owned fishing vessels to our state of the art oil refinery – ensuring product integrity, consistent quality and traceability.

Sustainable: Certified sustainable by “Friend of the Sea,” a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the conservation of marine habitats and resources.


  • 2000mg highly concentrated fish oil softgel 
  • 720 mg EPA and 420mg
  • I240mg of DPA (DPA is not present in most fish oils)
  • Single sourced from the Menhaden with traceability means (no trash fish are used).
  • Includes all natural Florida orange oil for an aesthetically pleasing softgel
  • 1 softgel provides 3-5 times as much EPA/DHA as standard fish oil products
  • Molecularly distilled to ensure purity
  • 60 softgels per bottle (30 servings per bottle)
  • We recommend 2 softgels daily for a therapeutic active ingredient value. 

Diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids have been scientifically shown to have several health benefits.


EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces occurrence of secondary heart attack
  • Supports immune system
  • Promotes blood flow
  • Allows for nutrient transport through cellular membrances

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

  • Promotes cell turnover
  • DPA (docosapentaenoic Acid)
  • Types of Long-Chain Omega-3
  • Supports healthy development of blood cells and vessels
  • Protects cells
  • Necessary for brain and eye development

DPA (docosapentaenoic Acid)

  • Found in menhaden (the only fish with DPA)
  • Intermediate fatty acid between EPA and DHA
  • Competitive displacement of omega-6 fatty acids limit omega-6 absorption
  • Found to reduce atherosclerotic risk factors
  • Found to increase EPA and DHA concentrations in the blood suggesting the
  • body might convert DPA to EPA and DHA depending on the current needs 

Omega 3 Conclusion:

While you may find a similar fish oils that has double-strength EPA & DHA contents, most fish oils do not have the purity levels Norwegian Omega 3 has, nor do even the best-in-class Omega 3 supplements contain DPA. We guarantee you will not find a better fish oil. Research confirms Natural Biology's Omega 3 solutions are the best: Norwegian Omega 3 & Arctic Ocean Krill Oil.



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