Sunday, January 15, 2006

eicosapentaenoic acid

Eicosapentaenoic acid is found in high concentration in marine fish such as mackerel. Unlike arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid does not cause platelet aggregation. High levels of eicosapentaenoic acid may protect humans from blood clots. Eicosaentaenoic acid is currently being marketed in the United States. Studies done on the Eskimos of Greenland reveal little change in weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels as the population aged. The incidence of ischemic heart disease was also low. Their diet contained a high content of eicosapentaenoic acid.
See also AGING, BIOLOGICAL THEORY OF.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchhill Livingstone, 1985.

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