eicosapentaenoic acid

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n. Abbr. EPA
An omega-3 fatty acid, C20H30O2, found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.

[Greek eikosa-, twenty, from its twenty carbon atoms (from eikosi; see wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots) + -pentaene, having five double bonds (penta- + -ene) + -oic.]
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1. eicosapentaenoic acid: an omega-3 fatty acid present in fish oils.
2. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Noun1.eicosapentaenoic acid - an omega-3 fatty acid with 20 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
omega-3, omega-3 fatty acid - a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
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Both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) (an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid) and aspirin have been shown to reduce CRC development (3,4).
Previous research has suggested that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) - namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) - can suppress the growth of cancer tumours and curb blood supply to cancer cells.
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), researchers said.
Compared to placebo, omega-3 fatty acid intake was associated with beneficial effects, particularly among participants who were using antidepressant drugs or who received higher doses of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Data from 1,050 Japanese men and 1,070 Japanese women (average age of 60) found that greater levels of the omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) were associated with fewer depressive symptoms.
Eleven fatty acids were abundant in all three species, that is, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, vaccenic acid, gadoleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, docosatetraenoic acid, a-linolenic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. The analysis revealed no significant qualitative differences in the fatty acid profile of three Siphonaria species, however the difference in quantities of different fatty acids in tissue of S.
The specific omega-3 sources associated with lower risk for broken hips are ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which comes from plant sources such as flaxseed oil and some nuts, as well as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), which is found in fatty types of fish.
formula for cardiovascular health, combining purified omega 7 fatty acids with concentrated levels of purity-tested omega 3s, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
High levels of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and docosapentaenoic acid, were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer and a 43 percent increase for all prostate cancers.
With 1600 mg of the omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in each serving, EPA Elite provides high intensity, therapeutic support for healthy triglyceride levels and heart health, while promoting key anti-inflammatory pathways, say officials for the Watsonville, Calif.-based company.
The nutrients include omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid, uridine and choline, together with phospholipids and B vitamins.
Mizuguchi, "Effects of eicosapentaenoic acid on synaptic plasticity, fatty acid proile and phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling in rat hippocampus and differentiated PC12 cells" The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, vol.