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Another Fat Wonder! DHA

DHA is a nutrient dense food for our brain. Another FAT WONDER! DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid found in marine algae (sea weed) in the highest concentrations. Learn more about omega 3s here.

Although marine animals are rich in omega-3s, they do not produce these fatty acids themselves. All marine animals receive omega-3s directly or indirectly from marine algae. Fish and shellfish ingest and accumulate omega-3 fatty acids through the food chain from algae and phytoplankton, the primary producers of marine omega-3 fatty acids. Marine animals  use DHA as nutrient dense food.

 

WHERE DO WE HAVE “DHA” IN OUR BODY?

The human body can only produce saturated and omega-9 fatty acids which means we have to get the omega-3 fatty acids we need through our daily foods. Unlike other fats, which we store in our fat cells as future for energy, DHA is  mostly stored in cell membranes of the regions related to memory. As the cell membranes undergo continuous degradation and renewal, our body needs a constant dietary supply of DHA to avoid depletion and neuronal injury.


Highest concentration of DHA in our body is found in the brain tissue. DHA is also a component of the brain’s cerebral cortex, the retina, and human sperm. As we age, DHA levels in our body drop off  normally.

Within the brain itself, the highest concentrations of DHA in our brain are found in the regions most closely related to memory, in particular hippocampus.

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE HAVE “DHA” DEFICIENCY?

Sustained high DHA intake benefits the brain function. DHA deficiency in the brain tissue increases risk for Alzheimer’s. Low fish intake and low blood DHA levels correlate strongly with increased risk of cognitive impairment and especially Alzheimer’s.

2g/day  of fatty fish provides sufficient DHA to maintain healthy function. To achieve this level requires additional DHA supplementation beyond eating a regular diet of fish. The levels drop when the patients stop taking the supplements.

Consuming an average of 3g/day of fatty fish offers up to 23% reduction in the risk of mild cognitive impairment, a condition associated with later progression to Alzheimer’s disease. People who eat larger amounts of fatty fish may experience protection of up to 75% from Alzheimer’s disease.

Animal studies under conditions of DHA deficiency demonstrate inflammatory and oxidative damage to neurons. These effects resolve when adequate DHA intake resumes.

 

WHY DO WE NEED “DHA”?

DHA influences how the brain develops and functions. DHA supplementation increases blood flow to memory-critical regions of the brain, and promotes formation of new brain cells regardless of age.

DHA is powerful protection against oxidative and other inflammatory damages that age brain tissue.

DHA promotes outgrowth of neurites that underlie learning and memory.

DHA promotes rapid signal transduction across synapses and maintains membrane fluidity, a condition required for memory.
Our cell membranes release massive amounts of DHA immediately after injury to brain tissue. DHA converts to protectins, compounds that promote healing, stop or slow neuro-degenerative diseases like mild cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

The best way to stimulate protectin synthesis? Make DHA maximally available to brain cells, where it’s available for immediate release.

 

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