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Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is the most significant omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil supplements and fatty fish. It is thought to promote cardiovascular health and prevent heart attack and stroke. A study on obese mice fed a high-fat diet, led by Monique LeMieux from Texas Tech University, showed that EPA increased oxygen consumption and fatty acid use, while reducing fat cell size, fat cell development and fat cell inflammation. If these results apply to humans, EPA is an effective supplement for promoting metabolic health. (Journal Nutrition, 145:411-417, 2015)