What is the Ideal Content of DHA and EPA in Fish Oil?

April 27th, 2012

A: I prefer a higher ratio of DHA to EPA simply due to the fact that the DHA conversion is limited from EPA in the body and DHA is such a vital structural component in the central nervous system. Of course EPA is also vital for prostaglandin synthesis, so that shouldn’t be ignored. If there were a 1:1 oil I would think that to be ideal, but usually what I do is either mix cod liver (high DHA) with regular fish oil (high EPA), or simply rotate taking them on a daily basis.


About Matt Poteet, Pharm.D.

Matt Poteet graduated with a B.S. in Biological Science from Lee University in 1998, and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in Atlanta in 2004. Professionally he has been fortunate to hold positions on staff at two of the leading private, academic teaching hospitals in the southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  - Read more about Matt Poteet, Pharm.D.