The DHA Difference
Omega-3 fatty acids are "good fats," and are among the most important nutrients lacking in Americans' diet today
DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fat in our brains. And, because our bodies don't efficiently make DHA, we need to eat foods rich in this important nutrient in order to keep our brains functioning optimally.
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, are vital part of every cell in the body. Research suggests
- Feed the brain - DHA specifically plays a role in how well cells can communicate with each other; their actions may help support memory and promote cognitive health
- Help lower risk of heart disease (when part of a healthy lifestyle)
- Help lower triglyceride levels (when part of a healthy lifestyle)
- Help support memory
- Support eye health and help reduce the risk for age-related vision problems
When you see omega-3, it's important to realize that not all omegas are created equal. This chart explains the difference between DHA, EPA and ALA
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
DHA is a long chain omega-3 fatty acid important for brain and eye development and function throughout life. It also supports heart health. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 in the brain and retina and is naturally found in breast milk.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
EPA is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid important for overall health. However, unlike DHA, the body does not store EPA in significant quantities in the brain or retina (DHA is found in every cell throughout the body, EPA is not).
Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA)
ALA, an essential fatty acid (EFA), is a shorter-chain omega-3 that
serves as a source of energy and as a building block for long-chain
omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA).