What is the ideal ratio of EPA to DHA?
one to one ratioMost fish oil supplements have a one to one ratio of DHA to EPA.
If your goal is to dampen or prevent inflammation—aches, pain, swelling—then standard fish oils or a fish oil with more EPA may be desirable.
However, if you want to improve brain function, then consider a fish oil with a higher concentration of DHA..
Should EPA be higher than DHA?
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) Chronic, low-level inflammation is known to drive several common diseases ( 10 ). Various studies indicate that fish oil, which is high in EPA and DHA, may reduce symptoms of depression. Some evidence suggests that EPA is superior to DHA in this regard ( 11 , 12 ).
How much EPA and DHA should I take for depression?
Doses for depression range from less than 1 g/day to 10 g/day, but most studies use doses between 1 and 2 g/day. In my practice, I recommend 1 to 2 g/day of an EPA+DHA combination, with at least 60% EPA, for major depression.
How much EPA and DHA should athletes take daily?
Athletes and those who live active lifestyles tend to have higher omega-3 needs than the average person. In the studies reviewed in this blog, dosages ranged anywhere from 1 gram to 8 grams per day of EPA and DHA. Make sure you are getting EPA and DHA directly!
Does the ratio of EPA to DHA matter?
But DHA and EPA offer different benefits and the ratio between these two matters when it comes to brain health. In a nutshell, a higher ratio of DHA to EPA is best for your brain. Meanwhile, a supplement that focuses on EPA is more geared toward taming inflammation in the body.
Do EPA and DHA compete for absorption?
Yes. In clinical studies of omega-3 supplements with absorption accelerating technology, EPA & DHA combined has been proven to be absorbed more than 4 times compared to the same omega-3 supplement without the absorption accelerating technology.