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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Are You Getting Sufficient Supply of DHA

Research has proven that healthy eating habits can have a considerable affect on your omega-3s levels in blood, including 2 main omega-3 fatty acids i.e.  Decosahexanoic acid (DHA), and Eicosaenoic acid (EPA). Two servings of non-fried fish like wild-caught Pacific salmon per week, is enough to control omega-3s levels in your blood. Here is the list of foods high in DHA:

Best sources: salmon fish, walnuts and flax seeds are the best sources of DHA.
Very good sources: cauliflower, scallops, cloves, mustard seeds, and cabbage are very good sources of DHA.

Good sources: shrimp, tuna, cod, halibut, soybeans, kale, tofu, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens are some good sources of DHA.

DHA in dietary supplements: DHA is also available in supplemental form i.e. bottled liquids or soft gels such as capsules of vitamin ‘E’ etc, a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid is Flaxseed oil, and  a rich source of DHA and EPA is cod liver oil, all these supplements are the most famous omega-3 products.

All DHA supplements are extremely sensitive to damage from light, heat, and oxygen, so, try to buy a certified organic product that is packed in a green or dark brown glass jar and stored in freezer or refrigerator by the shopkeeper, and after buying these DHA supplement store them in your refrigerator away from the light and the height. 

Moreover, vitamin E is a great antioxidant so, it is highly recommended to buy a supplement that contains vitamin E, because it is mixed to the oil to protect the DHA from becoming rancid or oxidized.

Healthy Eating to get DHA:
Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences states that a healthy eating lifestyle must contain 1.6 grams of linolenic acid per day for men and  1.1 grams per day for men. Because, it is an initial element require to build DHA in the body.

They further advised that your daily amount of DHA required by your body can be fulfilled by adding to foods in your list of foods high in DHA i.e. wild-caught salmon and Flax seeds. In salmon, 1.5 grams of DHA is present in every piece of 4 ounce, while 3.5 grams of DHA is present in 2 tablespoons of flax seeds. Therefore, it is not difficult for any individual to fulfill daily requirement of DHA by maintaining  healthy life style by maintaining a healthy eating habits.


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