Longevity Institute Newsletter13-5b

(Data and Illustrations Related to Newsletter13)

Why Take Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) ?

- Why Should we have to take EPA and DHA, if our biochemistry can make EPA and DHA from the Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) we find in our (improved) diet or in supplements?

The synthesis of EPA and DHA from ALA occurs through the action of two type of enzymes: the desaturase enzymes and the elongation enzymes

The desaturase enzymes are the rate limiting factor in the synthesis of EPA and DHA

There is strong competition between fatty acids for the desaturase enzymes

Saturated fatty acids have a higher affinity for the desaturase enzymes

Some people have problems with their desaturase enzyme function