DHA AND EPA?
Scientifically ?the definition is ?-
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain cerebral cortex, and other important parts of the human body like the retinas of the eyes.
EPA?is eicosapentaenoic acid. This is a nutrient extracted from omega 3 and is believed to be of particular importance for eye and brain function. EPA in particular may possess some beneficial potential in mental conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia. Several studies report a reduction in scores on symptom scales used to, when additional EPA is taken. So In short it?s another good guy! Like Robin is to Batman. It?s a fatty acid superhero.
?FATTY ACIDS?? ?That sounds bad.
No. They are good for you – These are the building blocks of fat and are absolutely essential to our health. As our bodies can’t manufacture them they must be obtained from food or supplements.
DHA is the primary building block of the human brain tissue and eye. Nearly a third of the structural lipid in the grey matter of the brain is DHA.
Structural lipid? I?m not a rocket scientist!
Lipids are chemical repositories involved in essential fats storage. They account for approximately 60% of the brain’s dry weight. These lipids are important for normal brain function. Increasing amount of data demonstrate decreased lipid content in common brain disorders like Alzheimer’s Dementia and depression.
So DHA? is required for the proper functioning of your brain. Without it you really would be a dummy.
Okay. Convince me I should take it.
You should take it because – You?re not getting enough.
DHA is required in high levels in the brain and retina as physiologically- Its an?essential nutrient to provide for optimal neuronal (brain) functioning (learning ability, mental development) and visual acuity, in young and old alike.
DHA is thought to have beneficial effects in the prevention and management of heart disease as well as other chronic disorders. The problem is that DHA, is consumed at much smaller levels than the effective optimal dose in a typical western diet.
DHA is absent from plant food sources rich in ALA (such as flax, canola oil, and walnuts). ?So you won?t get what you need from these foodstuffs. Since the metabolic conversion of ALA to DHA/EPA by metabolism is very limited in humans, the best way of providing DHA plus EPA for the body is via direct consumption.
In short our western diet is not giving us enough. In fact the extremely low intake of DHA/EPA in young children is of particular concern. We need to take more in our diet and the easiest and safest way is through natural algae based supplements.
In view of the widespread reluctance of the public to consume sufficient amounts of fish, supplements containing DHA/EPA will become increasingly important sources of these important nutrients in the coming years to support optimal brain/visual performance, for heart care, dementia, and other health conditions for all of us.
?So you could say it?s very important.
So if you want to get closer to being a superhero – Take your DHA/EPA the Omega 3 way with Nuique. Remember we don’t bulk out our Omega 3 with Omega 6. Omega 6 is one of the bad guys!