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
- 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.