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Vital for Life

 

Today scientific research can answer many of the questions concerning the function and effects of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are important components of cell membranes and ensure their flexibility particularly important for the functioning of cell proteins such as receptors, ion channels and enzymes.1

The relative amount of EPA and DHA in cell membranes has an influence on the activity of enzymes which control signal transmission for cells of heart, nerves and hormones. In the process, countless other important enzymes are modulated.2

New research results show that EPA and DHA and their metabolites regulate gene expression at the cellular level in a very specific way, including the control of genes which take part in inflammatory processes, cell growth and aptosis (programmed cell death to eliminate diseased cells).3


1Norwegian Committee for Food Safety: Health effects of n-3 fatty acids (2011)
2
Bazan: omega-3 fatty acids, pro-inflammatory signaling and neuroprotection (2007)
3Jump: N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid regulation of hepatic gene transcription (2008)