Are You Getting Enough DHA?
At this point, most people have heard how important omega-3 essential fatty acids are to good heart health. The reason they’re called “essential” is that your body doesn’t manufacture them—so you need to get them in foods (such as wild salmon), or a supplement.
- For blood pressure, research shows DHA supplementation has a far better effect in promoting normal blood pressure levels.
- Your arteries require DHA. In a study of postmenopausal women, those with the highest levels of DHA, not EPA, showed significantly better coronary artery health.
- DHA boosts your circulation. In a study, DHA outperformed EPA for improving vasodilation and endothelial function—both of which are critical to healthy circulation.
Your eyes need DHA. Several studies have shown that DHA intake supports eye health—and that it’s absolutely required by your retinas for health and function.
DHA promotes healthy mental processing. A nine-year study showed that DHA, not EPA, is associated with better cognitive health and brain function.
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