Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedy: EPA vs. DHA

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EPA and DHA belong to the Omega 3 fatty acids family. They are oils derived from cold water fish and krill which help protect them from cold water temperatures.

EPA is a potent anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective agent. Numerous human trials show that is very effective for major depression, schizophrenia and Huntington’s disease-a serious neurological condition. Studies also show that it holds great promise for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder and anxiety. An effective dose is 1000mg/day for at least a few months. Due to its anti-inflammatory component EPA is also very effective for inflammatory pain conditions such as arthritis.

EPA is also a potent inhibitor of blood clotting. As such it protects arteries from clogging up thus helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It does this without the risk of developing stomach ulcers as is the case with common over the counter medications used for this purpose.

DHA on the other hand comprises 50% of the weight of our brain. It is very important during pregnancy for the developing brain and eyes of the fetus. After birth it continues to be important as the child’s brain continues to grow. Mothers provide DHA in their breast milk and higher levels have been associated with better mental development in infants.

Fish oil supplements have come a long way since their introduction. When choosing a product be guided by your needs. If you are pregnant, a nursing woman or a child pick a product with a high DHA content. Otherwise your preference should be a high EPA product as this compound shows greater evidence for protecting us from a very significant number of serious medical conditions.

For more sage advice from Dr. Karol and for natural health product recommendations, visit vitarock.com.


Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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