DHA fights inflammation including C-reactive protein*
Doctors in this study compared the effects of the omega-3s EPA and DHA on inflammation and lipids in 154 men and women. Participants took 2,700 mg of EPA or DHA per day, or a placebo. After 10 weeks, those who had taken DHA saw a seven to eight percent decrease in inflammatory factors including C-reactive protein, compared to a one to two percent decrease for EPA.

Those taking DHA also had a greater decrease in triglycerides compared to EPA, 13 vs. 12 percent, respectively, and HDL, the “good” cholesterol rose by 7.6 percent for DHA vs. less than one percent for EPA. Findings on LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, were better for EPA, but only in men, not in women. Doctors said the findings are scientifically important, and that new studies will begin to reveal which omega-3s are better for particular conditions or health concerns.

Reference: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; June, 2016, 104:280-7.
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