What are EPA and DHA?

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Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two fatty acids found in fish oil. They are the two "Omega-3" fatty acids which studies have shown to have a variety of health benefits (for the heart, cancer, memory, possibly depression, etc.). The benefits of EPA and DHA were first observed by Danish researchers in the early 1970s, in studies on Eskimos who ate a lot of fatty fisg but had low rates of Heart disease and Arthritis. Since then there have been hundreds of other studies, most of which confirmed the benefits or found others.

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