Enjoy the Benefits of DHA

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Circulation, Mood & Memory, Nutrients and Additives, Blood Pressure
Last Reviewed 02/24/2014

Enjoy the Benefits of 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. 

But it’s not enough just to get omega-3s—it’s vitally important to get enough DHA omega-3s. Let me explain …

The Benefits of DHA

Omega-3s come in two forms: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While both are important, DHA is the more beneficial and protective component of the two, specifically for the heart, brain and eyes.

  • 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 the benefits of DHA intake include 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.

What’s the best way to get DHA omega-3s? Good food sources of DHA include wild salmon, sardines and DHA-fortified eggs. Omega-3s are also found in fish and krill oil

But DHA is naturally found in higher levels in Calamarine™, which is an extract that comes from calamari. That’s the reason I’ve included Calamarine in my Omega Q Plus formula. 

What’s also important is that Calamarine can be successfully combined with CoQ10—which is something you don’t get with all fish oils. But with any form of omega-3s you take, you want to make sure it’s heavily weighted in DHA over EPA. That way, you get the maximum benefits of DHA for your heart, brain, and eye health. 

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to get the benefits of DHA omega-3s?

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