New research from Australia suggests that omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have different roles to play in the health of men and women.
In one study, it was observed that EPA presented a stronger effect in male subjects, while DHA appears to have a greater effect on females. From the study's concluding remarks:
For healthy individuals, males may benefit more from EPA supplementation while females are more responsive to DHA.
The study, available on August 12th in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, may result in new formulations of omega-3 supplements which are gender specific.
To this point, most research conducted for omega-3s have paired EPA and DHA together. With this new insight, researchers may be able to continue to isolate and refine the field of knowledge surrounding these increasingly well received supplements.
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