Vegetarian Sourced DHA

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Vegetarian Sourced DHA
30 vegetarian softgels
Item Catalog Number: 01640
Although the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA occur together in fish oil, studies show that each of these fatty acids delivers unique health benefits. While most people obtain enough DHA from fish oil supplements, some individuals wish to boost their DHA levels for cognitive health.

Among DHA's many important functions is that it accounts for 40% of the polyunsaturated fats in the brain.1 Brain synapses—the connectors through which brain neurons communicate with each other—have a higher concentration of DHA than almost any other tissue in the body. DHA stimulates the production of neuronal features that underlie learning. Recent studies show that DHA is required for the production of essential neuroprotectins to support healthy cell signaling. In fact, scientists have been focusing research specifically on how sufficient levels of DHA in healthy individuals may support normal mood and behavior in adults and children, as well as normal cognitive function at any age.2-4



DHA is a major structural fat in the retina of the eye, accounting for up to 60% of the total polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). And a wealth of research demonstrates that this important fatty acid plays other important roles in our bodies.5-16

Scientific research has found that the proportions of DHA in body tissue "are substantially lower in vegans and vegetarians" compared with those who regularly eat foods from animal sources.2 A study has found that 200 mg of DHA results in "a large increase in the proportion of DHA in blood lipids in vegetarians and vegans."17

Life Extension® members now have access to purified DHA oil derived entirely from algae cells in culture. Vegetarian Sourced DHA is a premium DHA derived from sustainable algae sources. It meets the most rigid standards of vegan and vegetarian diets.

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