DHA

Definition of DHA:

Docosahexanoic Acid.  A metabolite of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid.

Topics Related to DHA

Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“Over 1200 patients participated in an epidemiological study which showed that people with high DHA levels were 45% less likely to develop dementia than people with low DHA levels...”

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“ADHD is much more common in boys with low levels of DHA.  Studies show that low DHA intake in infancy can lead or contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...”
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Bipolar Disorder, Manic-Depressive

...recommendation EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)
“...At least one study found DHA, the other common metabolite, to be ineffective...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...A higher level of two specific fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – especially within the cell membrane – was associated with higher heart rate variability in the patients...”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...A higher level of two specific fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – especially within the cell membrane – was associated with higher heart rate variability in the patients...”

Crohn's Disease

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Fish oil, the only current means of getting EPA without equal amounts of DHA, may delay relapses in Crohn's disease due to its anti-inflammatory effect...”

Depression

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...An insufficiency of omega-3 oils in the diet, especially the metabolite DHA, has been linked to depression.”
...recommendation EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)
“There is an increasing body of evidence that indicates that fish oils, in particular those with high EPA to DHA ratios, have a major role to play in helping people maintain good mental health and to avoid mood swings and mild depression...”

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)

...as a treatment
“Few people know that the human brain is comprised of over 60% fat or that its most abundant fat (25%) is called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  DHA is an omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (not to be confused with the hormone DHEA)...”

Elevated Insulin Levels

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
DHA at 1.8gm per day improved insulin sensitivity while having no effect on insulin secretion, in a pilot study of 12 overweight adults 45-70 years old...”

EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)

...as a treatment
“...Only about 3-5% of the alpha-linolenic acid consumed becomes EPA or DHA in healthy individuals...”
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Essential Fatty Acids

...as a treatment
“...Besides LNA, this family includes the down-line metabolites eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  If LNA is provided by foods, our cells make DHA and EPA...”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...Fish oils contain the omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which have recently attracted a lot of attention from health researchers...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...Even small doses of fish oils (which contain EPA and DHA) have been shown to help.”

Motherhood Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“...Scientists and nutritional experts attribute this to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential structural component of the brain and retina, found naturally in mother's milk...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“There is strong evidence to suggest that children develop improved visual acuity and achieve a higher verbal IQ when breast-fed because they receive a fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), found in breast milk...”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation Fish Oils
“Several studies have shown an inverse relationship between blood levels of fish oils (eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA]) and the risk of prostate cancer...”

Psoriasis

...recommendation EPA (eicosapentanoic acid)
“...It must be kept in mind that the presence of DHA in fish oil may reduce the effectiveness of the EPA...”

Stress

...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“A study performed on Japanese students during the high stress period of final exams showed that students supplemented with DHA were significantly less aggressive than students who were not supplemented with DHA...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...Adequate long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), may reduce the incidence of depression just as omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease...”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“US scientists found low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, in mother's milk and in the red blood cells of women with postpartum depression...”
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