DHA

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid, 22:6) is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid found in cell membranes throughout the body and is present in all tissues. It is the most prominent omega-3 fatty acid in neural, retinal and cardiovascular connecting tissue.

Accounts for 97% of the omega-3 fats in the brain
Accounts for 93% of the omega-3 fats in the retina
Key component in heart tissue
Naturally found in breast milk
Health Benefits
Many scientific studies have proven that DHA has positive health benefits for everyone from pregnant or nursing mothers and infants, to healthy adults, the elderly and especially our pets.

DHA is essential for the proper development and function of brain and eye development throughout life and for maintaining optimal function of the nerve cells in the brain and retina. Increased levels of DHA have also been shown to improve cholesterol, decrease the risk of eye disorders like ARMD, glaucoma, and DES, and lower the risk of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Studies conducted with puppies have shown increased capacity for learning.

General

Brain, eye & heart health
Structural & reparative support
Anti-inflammatory effects
DHA is the only Omega-3 to readily accumulate in important neural tissues
Heart

Lowered triglycerides
Lowered LDL (Bad Cholesterol)
Increased HDL (Good Cholesterol)
Stabilizes heart rhythm
Improves vascular reactivity
Eyes

Decreased risk of ARMD
Decreased risk of glaucoma
Decreased risk of DES
Brain

Increased cognitive activity
Decreased risk of dementia or memory loss
May slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease
May support cognitive function throughout life

For Healthy Eyes

As the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the eye (retina), supplementing diets with DHA:

Supports visual and retinal development and function
Better visual acuity
Promotes normal development of the eyes
Helps maintain visual health
What the Research Shows

There is convincing evidence from numerous studies suggesting that increasing the amount of DHA in the diet can have positive benefits on eye health and the mitigation of certain eye-related disorders.
An increase in dietary DHA has been associated with the following benefits:

Improved development of the rod photoreceptor
Boost in visual acuity
Membrane fluidity
Protective effects against Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), especially in women
Decreased avascular area of the retina
Increased vessel regrowth after injury
A deficiency in DHA has been associated with the following effects:

Increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Impairment of normal retinal function
For A Healthy Brain

As the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in brain phospholipids and an important structural component of the lipids in the central nervous system, supplementing diets with DHA:

Supports brain development and function
Promotes cognitive development
May help maintain normal cognitive function throughout life
What the Research Shows

There is convincing evidence from numerous studies suggesting that increasing the amount of DHA in the diet can help support a healthy brain and aid in the prevention of certain brain-related disorders.
An increase in dietary DHA has been associated with the following benefits:

Facilitation of synaptic transmission
Support of myelination
Improvement in learning and memory
Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
For A Healthy Heart

As a major component of heart tissue, supplementing a patient’s diet with DHA:

Supports a healthy heart
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Promotes good cardiovascular health
What the Research Shows

There is compelling research suggesting that diets high in DHA have positive benefits for healthy people, and especially those at risk for, or who have, cardiovascular disease. Numerous studies have shown that increasing the amount of DHA in the diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death and can have the following effects on cardiovascular health:

Blood Lipid Profile

Reduced triglycerides
Increased HDL
Improved LDL particle size
Decreased rate of atherosclerotic plaque
Anti-platelet and anti-inflammatory effects
Blood Pressure

Improved arterial compliance
Anti-thrombotic effect
Improved vascular reactivity
Role in the protection of ischemic stroke
Lowered blood pressure, slightly
Cardiac Rhythm

Decreased risk of arrhythmias
Lowered heart rate
Healthy resting heart rate