What is DHA?

DHA is an unsaturated omega-3 fatty acid that is integral to the structure of the brain, cerebral cortex, retinas, and skin

What does DHA do?

  • When combined with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is also found in similar food sources, DHA can:
    • Prevention of heart, lung, kidney disease
    • Decreased risk of cancer
    • Treat high cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Help reduce inflammation of the digestive system, like ulcerative colitis
  • Help to prevent age-related macular degeneration (vision loss due to aging)
  • Boosts brain development and cognitive function, from newborns to elderly adults
  • Can prevent strokes, depression, and memory loss

Sources of DHA

  • Cold water fish (salmon, halibut, herring, cod)
  • Fish oil
  • Eggs
  • Breast milk for nursing infants, or added to formula

Take Note of Possible Risks

  • Amounts > 3g per day can thin the blood, and increase risk of bleeding
  • Be aware DHA can lower blood pressure too much when taken with blood pressure medicine. Consult physician.
  • For those with diabetes, be aware DHA can increase blood glucose levels. Consult physician.

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