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Eicosapentaenoate (EPA) is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid that is present throughout the body including in cell membranes. EPA is found in fatty fish including salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, and herring. EPA can be biosynthesized from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), but it is much more efficient to increase levels by including EPA-rich sources in one's diet. EPA has anti-inflammatory properties that are vital to fetal development and the process of healthy aging. Its anti-inflammatory effects are due to reduced gene expression of genes involved in inflammatory and atherogenesis-related pathways, thereby lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. EPA has also been found to increase platelet stability, decrease endothelial activation, and improve vascular permeability. Taking EPA supplements leads to an increased amount of EPA in the plaque of carotid arteries which may decrease inflammation and increase plaque stability. PMID: 22332096 Many other studies have been run that show acorrelation between higher plasma levels of EPA and reduced symptoms of disease, some of which include Alzheimer's disease, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and Raynaud Syndrome.[] Source: Regenstrief LOINC

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Eicosapentaenoate (C20:5w3)
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zh-CN Chinese (China) 二十碳五烯酸
Synonyms: C20:5w3;EPA;二十碳五烯酸(Eicosapentaenoic acid,EPA);二十碳五烯酸, C20:5w3;二十碳双烯酸;附子脂酸;附子脂酸, C20:5w3
fr-CA French (Canada) Eicosapentanoate
es-ES Spanish (Spain) Eicosapentaenoato(C20:5w3)
it-IT Italian (Italy) Eicosapentaenoato
Synonyms: Eicosapentaenoato (C20:5w3)
tr-TR Turkish (Turkey) Eikozapentaenoat
ru-RU Russian (Russian Federation) Эйкозапентаеноат
Synonyms: Эйкозапентаеноат (C20:5w3)
nl-NL Dutch (Netherlands) eicosapentaenoaat
fr-BE French (Belgium) Eicosapentanoate