DHA: fuel your brain with fish oil

I’ve discussed fish oil before, but being as this weeks theme is the brain I thought that we’d mention it again with today’s post on docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). I should also mention EPA, which often accompanies DHA in the benefits that I am going to list later. DHA provides those oh-so essential omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs so much (don’t forget most Americans have skewed ratios and get way more omega-6 fatty acids instead of the desired 1:1 ratio). This particular omega-3 is essential for proper brain function and for the development during those ever-so-important first six months of life, both for the nervous system and visual development. DHA makes up 40% of the PUFAs  (polyunsaturated fatty acids) in the brain and 60% of the retina. Deficiency is often associated with cognitive decline (such as dementia and Alzheimer’s). Fish oil testing and studies seem to be all the rage these days, so without further ado here are some of the findings/potential benefits of DHA intake:

  • may reduce the symptoms of both ADHD (check Tuesday) and depression
  • lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk for blood clots, improve artery health, and reduce arterial plaque
  • reduce symptoms and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis
  • reduce menstrual cramps
  • reduce the joint pain and fatigue that accompanies lupus
  •  may also have positive effects on: lung and kidney diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, Chron’s disease, anorexia nervosa, osteoarthritis, and the early stages of colorectal cancer

Don’t forget about the benefits of DHA on your brain and thinking! These include: greater concentration, enhanced memory, greater calmness, and greater creativity. Where do you get these precious DHA? Well obviously fish oil, which I’ve already mentioned (and which I think to be the best option). Don’t forget it needs to be pharmaceutical grade because we don’t want you potentially ingesting toxins with over-the-counter crap (go to ifosprogram online to see if it’s been checked). You can of course get DHA from fish that are cold water and fatty (salmon, tuna, mackeral, sardines, shellfish, and herring). You’re more than welcome to try and get a balance by eating fish, but seeing as the oceans are so contaminated these days fish oil is a safe and easy way to get DHA. Don’t forget that just taking fish oil isn’t going to give you all these benefits, you also need to change your eating patterns to a fat-burner lifestyle. Not only will you look better but you’ll be thinking and feeling better as well! For more information on our fat-burning programs or fish oil (which we also have available online) check out our website at bodychange.net

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