DHA and EPA are Omega 3 fatty acids and crucial to our health. Algae contains a very high concentration of DHA and EPA. We usually think of salmon and flax seed as sources for Omega-3. Wild salmon has a higher concentration of DHA. Unfortunately most of the salmon on the market today is from farm raised sources and the amount of DHA is much lower in these fish.
NASA scientists have been studying how to keep nutrition levels up for our astronauts and have been studying algae since the 1980’s. And to date we now have safe sources of all the benefits of algae in supplement form. Either a pill or as an oil. Some foods are now adding this ingredient to their product for a health benefit such as: chocolate milk, muesli bars and bread.
Now the medical community is on the band wagon. Algae in supplement form is treating: depression, cardiovascular disease, brain injuries, and even being given to pregnant women to promote fetal development. DHA and EPA affect cell structure and cell communication which effects blood flow and inflammation. DHA is necessary for your brain health.
There have now been 30 years of research and over 10,000 studies on the effects of algae and it’s Omega-3 properties.
Studies are showing that football players with brain injury given DHA and EPA are reversing brain trauma.
Other studies are showing giving DHA and EPA along with chemotherapy to cancer patients are increases the chemotherapy outcomes and reducing side effects.
Higher levels of DHA and EPA during pregnancy children have better motor skills, attention span and also lowers the risk for pre-term birth.
- 1Scientist think that algae, as a supplement, can help treat diseases and possibly fetal development during pregnancy.
- 2Scientists believe it can help treat cancer and depression.
- 3Algae contains a high amount of DHA – Humans need DHA especially – it is a building block of the brain – but our bodies can’t produce it.
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