Care Omnia is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

What Is Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA?

Eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA, also called icosapentaenoic acid. It's a polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acid.

EPA has a variety of positive effects on the disease in the central nervous system.

Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA, In Food

You get eicosapentaenoic acid, EPA from your diet by eating oily fish or fish oil. Like cod liver, herring, mackerel, salmon, menhaden and sardine, and various types of edible algae.

It is also found in human breast milk.

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out eicosapentaenoic acid .

Omega-3–Fortified Foods

The growth of omega-3–fortified foods available in the marketplace has skyrocketed in recent years. In most cases, the form of omega-3 contained in these foods is alpha-linolenic acid. But a growing number do contain marine omega-3 sources. (source 🗗)

EPA For Your Heart

Studies have indicated that Inuit populations in Greenland whose diets contain a high level of fish, high levels of EPA, and also DHA. Have lower cases of cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions with a significant inflammatory etiology. (source 🗗)

A recent study on a prescription drug containing only EPA showed to reduce heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death by 25% relative to placebo in those with statin-resistant hypertriglyceridemia. (source 🗗)

You can find this and other benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid in Eicosapentaenoic Acid, EPA (20:5 n-3): 8 Research-Backed Benefits .

Let your family and friends know about 20:5 n-3

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!