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Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA),EPA is one of the commonly used several Ω - 3 fatty acids. Compared to the daily diet of our ancestors, now daily diet contains Ω - 3 fatty acids is relatively insufficient. Our daily diet, the main source of Ω - 3 fatty acids are cold water fish (such as wild salmon). Fish oil supplements can also improve the body of the EPA's enrichment.
Omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of bleeding, although there is little evidence of significant bleeding risk at lower doses. Very large intakes of fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids ("Eskimo" amounts) may increase the risk of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke. High doses have also been associated with nosebleed and blood in the urine. Fish oils appear to decrease platelet aggregation and prolong bleeding time, increase fibrinolysis (breaking down of blood clots), and may reduce von Willebrand factor.
The World Health Organization and governmental health agencies of several countries recommend consuming 0.3-0.5 grams of daily EPA + DHA and 0.8-1.1 grams of daily α-linolenic acid. A doctor and pharmacist should be consulted for dosing for other conditions.