Posted by Ron Hill on July 14, 2002, at 10:34:17
In reply to Re: What's best; DHA alone or DHA with EPA et al? » Ron Hill, posted by BarbaraCat on July 13, 2002, at 15:01:36
Thanks for getting back to me regarding the EPA/DHA issue. Also, I'm happy to hear that you have got past the recent dip in the road. Your writing sounds like you again.
As much as I enjoy have two or three beers with friends or having a couple glasses of nice wine at family gatherings, I've learned that I just can't do so because of my bipolar disorder. Just like clockwork, my mood is cheerful and jovial while consuming the alcohol, but depression always follows for the next couple of days.
I read an article a week or so ago that said alcohol inhibits the desaturase enzymes necessary for DHA synthesis. To which I said to myself, hmmmm.
> Hi Ron,
> Thanks for your concern. Yes, I'm back on level ground again. I hate to admit it, but I have a definite weekness for Chardonnay and I overdid it with some friends. I don't know if the fish oil has sensitised things, or what, but I was in a deep horrible place that brightened up as soon as I got the booze out of my system. I am now on the wagon. I've learned my lesson well, it was so horrible. Plus, my husband chewed my ass royally.
> About your question, I really don't know, and am as confused as you are about the EPA/DHA question. What I've heard is that DHA is the preferred branch for brain function and EPA is better for reducing inflammatory cytokines. But they are synergistic in their overall efficacy. I tend to go with Dr. Sears' recommendations, because, like you, I think he's on to something with the Zone. His recommended ratio is about 2:1 EPA:DHA. Let me know if you hear anything else. One other benefit I've found is my skin and hair look terrific since taking it. At 51, this is no small thing. - BarbaraCat