It isn’t just the Omega 3 fats that are good for you, it’s the DHA more specifically.

You’ve probably heard by now that Omega 3 fats are good for your health. That’s not news any more. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll keep reading about 2 particular components of omega 3 fats. DHA and EPA. Lets have a look at DHA today.

DHA is short for Docosahexaenoic acid. Sorry, long name.

Omega 3 fats are a collection of what is known as long chain fatty acids. It’s probably not essential to get into the chemistry because for our readers it’s pretty incomprehensible, and boring. But if you really want to read more chemistry try reading Wikipedia.

There are 3 important long chain fatty acids in Omega 3, DHA, EPA and ALA. The bottom line is that DHA is the most important acid in Omega 3, and is essential to your health. And the critical point to remember is that your body cannot make enough of it’s own DHA. Unlike some essential compounds, which your body can make, the DHA you get must come to you through diet.

DHA is the most important fatty acid found in your brain, which is predominantly fat, and that is one of the reasons why Omega 3s are so beneficial to brain function. Over 50% of the brain is made up of fats.

DHA and EPA are found primarily in fish oils. ALA can be found in plants, but fish supplies the best quantities of the other 2 essential fatty acids. So when you eat fish you get those fats automatically via eating it. The original studies done on Omega 3 fats were done on Eskimos who eat fish almost exclusively.

There’s a range of various conditions that are beneficially affected by increasing the intake of DHA. We’ll look at that in another article.

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