Benefits of DHA

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Benefits of DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, include promotion of brain function, cognitive development and brain maintenance. Learn about the cardiovascular benefits of DHA with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on health and nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I am a registered and licensed dietitian and I'm going to talk to you about the benefits of DHA. DHA stands for Dicosahexaenoic Acid and it is a type of Omega Three fatty acid. In genera the Omega Three fatty acids are thought of as essential fat meaning that the body cannot produce them. In reality there is actually three types of Omega Three fatty acids. ALA, DHA and EPA. ALA is a version that is truly essential. If we have ALA from our diet then our bodies can actually produce DHA and EPA from ALA. However, the conversion rate is fairly small so for that reason a lot of people will generically say that Omega Three is essential meaning that you really should get DHA in your diet as well found primarily in seafood. As far as the benefits we have found that DHA is very much needed for brain function. In infants it is a requirement. It really effects their cognitive function, their cognitive development. It also effects our brain's maintenance in adults so for that reason it is extremely important. It has also been found to have a lot of cardiovascular benefits. It has very large reduction in mortality from heart attacks from people who consume at least 200 mgs. of DHA on a daily basis. It also can help lower triglycerides which are a type of fat in the blood so DHA has multiple benefits for our brain health, for our cardiovascular health as well as to reduce our risk of dying from heart attacks should we have a heart attack so those are just some of the benefits of DHA.

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