Maximize Your Brain Power: DHA

The Building Block of the Brain

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a fatty acid — in precise terms, an omega-3 (long-chain) fatty acid — which is the main structural fatty acid in the gray matter of the brain and retina of the eye. The brain is 60 percent lipids (fat), and DHA is the most abundant lipid in both the brain and the retina. It is essential for brain and eye function.

Humans obtain DHA initially through the placenta, then from breast milk, and later on through dietary sources such as fish (tuna, salmon, sardines, etc.), or cod liver oil, red meats, animal organ meats and eggs. Now the purest and least compromised source of this fatty acid is extracted from ocean-dwelling microalgae.

An important conference on DHA was held in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, entitled "Keeping Your Brain in Shape: New Insights into DHA." The researchers explained how DHA:

Most of us have heard about Ginkgo biloba and how it improves memory, but many of us are unaware of the incredible array of benefits being ascribed to DHA. One of the richest sources of DHA is cod liver oil. Each teaspoon contains approximately 540 mg of DHA. Look for Twinlab Emulsified Cod Liver Oil (emulsified means water soluble) for easier assimilation. There are new products with DHA but compare their potency and cost to cod liver oil. It is available at your nutrition store or by calling Nutrition Express at 800-338-7979. Or click here to order Cod Liver Oil online.

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