Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. It functions as an important component of brain tissue, and plays important
roles in controlling inflammation throughout the body.
What we can’t tell you
In the U.S. and some other industrialized countries, government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
have adopted censorship as a method for intensifying their control over the supplement industry and its customers.
Thus, FDA regulations prohibit us from telling you that any of our products are effective as medical treatments,
even if they are, in fact, effective.
Accordingly, we will limit our discussion of DHA, Neuromins® to a brief summary of relevant research,
and let you draw your own conclusions about what medical conditions it may be effective in treating.
DHA is significantly involved in cerebral brain development and retina function in the eye. DHA supplementation is good insurance
for anyone who wants a well-functioning brain, but it is especially important during preganancy. Pregnant mothers transfer DHA directly to the fetus to support rapid brain and retina development. During infancy, DHA is
also supplied via mother’s breast milk for continued cerebral development. Some people have inadequate concentrations of DHA
due to low-fat or vegetarian diets.
DHA supplements have been used since the 1930s, originally in the form of cod liver oil, later as a purified oil extracted
from microalgae. During the 1960s medical researchers became strongly interested in DHA as a neurological supplement. Since
then it has developed a strong reputation as a useful agent in the following areas of application:
- during pregnancy, to improve of brain and visual function (in both mothers and offspring)
- prevention of cognitive decline and dementia
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- colon cancer
- to enhance chemotherapy in treating prostate cancer
- postpartum depression
- cardiovascular disease, including stroke
- slowing aging due to telomere shortening
- metabolic disorders
- renal diseases
- multiple sclerosis
- bipolar disorder
- depression, including depression in Parkinson’s Disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Lupus erythematosus
- atopic eczema
- inflammatory bowel disease
- adult asthma
- cystic fibrosis
- macular degeneration
- recovery from spinal injuries
- dry eye
DHA deficiency has even been implicated as a possible cause of autism.
LifeLink’s suggested dosage is 200-400 mg (1-2 softgels) per day.
Are DHA, Neuromins® supplements useful for the conditions and purposes mentioned above?
We aren’t allowed to tell you, so you should take a look at some of the references cited here,
and then decide for yourself.