brainpicDid you know that the human brain is roughly 60 percent fat? DHA, also known as Docosahexaenoic Acid, is the predominant Omega-3 Fatty Acid found in our brains, so ingesting quality sources of DHA, both from food and through supplementation, is absolutely vital to support optimal cognitive functions.

What are the benefits?

  • DHA is critical to the stability of cell membranes, hormones and connective tissue and also supports normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

  • Studies show that DHA protects against Alzheimer’s dementia and promotes clearer thinking.

  • Breast milk contains high amounts of DHA and studies have shown that children who were breastfed as infants have higher academic advantage later in life. Luckily, there are DHA supplements for infants and children, and there is even a prenatal DHA.

  • Low levels of DHA have been observed in mental conditions like depression, memory loss, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Where do I find DHA?

Some of the best sources for DHA are:

  • cold water fish oil

  • cod liver oil

  • seafood

  • sea plants

  • eggs

DHA can also be derived from microalgae, making it an excellent source for vegans and vegetarians! Research suggests 600 to 800 milligrams of DHA per day is supportive the brain. It is not always possible to attain adequate levels of DHA through the diet, which is why supplements are so effective. Premier DHA by Premier Labs, Omega-3 by Nordic Naturals, and DHA Enhance by Pure Encapsulations and Integrative Therapeutics  all great options for supplementing DHA, and can also be found at your nearest Peoples Rx.

How do I ensure the DHA breaks down so my body can use it?

Many times, people may insufficiently digest fats, which would also make absorbing DHA difficult. The key to absorbing fat is to break it down into smaller molecules. Adding orange oil (also known as D-limonene) to the DHA breaks it down and improves absorption. A typical dose is 4 drops of orange oil diluted in 3 ounces of spring water, taken with your DHA dose. Don’t wait, begin supporting your brain with DHA today!

By Ken Morgan, Wellness Specialist