When most people think of omega-3 fatty acids they associate fish being the best source for it. However, fish don’t produce omega-3 fatty acids, they accrue meaningful levels due to their algae-rich diets. There are also growing concerns over the safety of fish due to the presence of heavy metals and other toxins. So what better way to get omega-3 fatty acids then from the original source itself? Pure Vegan’s DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is all vegan and derived from seaweed and algae in a gelatin free capsule.
Most Americans take in far more of another essential fat, omega-6 fats—than they do omega-3 fats. On average, the typical American diet contains less than 100mg of DHA per day, well below the 220mg of DHA/day that is generally recommended. Although our bodies produce small amounts of DHA, the beneficial amounts must come from food and/or supplements.
DHA is essential for the proper functioning of our brains. DHA in the diet improves learning ability, whereas deficiencies of DHA are associated with deficits in learning. Decreases in DHA in the brain are associated with cognitive decline during aging and with onset of sporadic Alzheimer disease. In older people, low levels of DHA have been linked with memory loss, mood swings and conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
DHA is an important nutrient that can prevent several conditions as well as help with already existing ones.
DHA has beneficial effects on cholesterol and triglyceride levels and may also have beneficial effects on blood pressure and heart rhythm. DHA appears to also have positive effects on existing heart disease and it also may lower the risk for developing heart disease
DHA plays a crucial role in the growth and development of the central nervous system as well as visual functioning in infants. DHA is vital for development of a baby’s eyes and brain, especially during the last three months of pregnancy. DHA makes up 10% – 15% of the weight of a baby’s cerebral cortex. DHA is also concentrated in the light-sensitive cells at the back of a baby’s eyes where it makes up 50% of the weight of each retina.
Several small studies indicate that DHA may help reduce symptoms and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. However, it does not stop the progression of the disease.
DHA research shows that when taken on a regular basis, the pain of menstrual cramps is reduced.
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by Melissa Sanborn of Nutritional Brands, PureVegan