What’s the Deal with DHA?

If you’ve been reading a lot about fish oil or omega fatty acids recently, you’ve probably come across the term “DHA”, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid. So, what’s the big deal with DHA? Not to worry – we’re here to break it down for you. DHA is actually a pretty powerful ingredient found in many fish oil supplements and its health benefits can be beneficial to just about everyone. So, let’s dig into DHA, shall we?

DHA is a fatty acid that is found in cold water fish, such as tuna, salmon, cod liver, mackerel, halibut and herring. In most cases, you see DHA mentioned alongside EPA, which is something different (eicosapentaenoic acid). Actually, DHA can be converted into EPA in the body, so the two don’t always have to go together, but they usually are combined because of their respective health benefits.

DHA and EPA have been used together for quite some time for addressing a variety of health concerns, ranging from heart disease and cancer to painful menstruation and certain kidney diseases. Overall, both ingredients are found most commonly in fish oil supplements, which we all know have vast benefits for the cardiovascular system.

DHA on its own has been used in the treatment of coronary artery disease, dementia, ADHD, type 2 diabetes, depression, and macular degeneration. How does it work exactly? Well, in a nutshell, it plays an important roles in the development of eye and nerve tissues while also having benefits for the circulatory system, as it reduces the risk of heart and circulatory disease by thickening blood and lowering blood levels of triglycerides.

But besides fish oil, you may see DHA used in combination with evening primrose oil, thyme oil, and even vitamin E.

DHA can be obtained through eating some of the cold water fish mentioned above, or by taking an supplement that contains DHA, such as fish oil. For example, we highly recommend Nordic Naturals fish oils for their quality as well as their containment of DHA.

Want to learn more about DHA? Have questions? Give us a call and we’d be happy to help!


Ask Dr. Dan in Our New Feature

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that we’ve been rolling out some exciting changes to our website. We have a new look, we have a new logo, and we’ve been working hard to listen to all of your feedback so that we can make our site the best it can possibly be. But one of our best features is actually something that you can’t get from a website – our knowledge and experience. We’ve helped countless customers with their questions and with learning more about supplements and healthy living. So, when it came time to put together a new website, we knew there had to be a way to get that information out to you so that we can help others learn – and even learn ourselves! Finally, we can make this a reality.

On all of our product pages, and now our category pages, you’ll find a Questions & Answers tab where you can ask questions and get answers live – and share them with others who may have the same ones you did! This open dialogue allows for us to share our expertise with you at your convenience, so you don’t have to worry about getting on the phone with us to ask a question (though do call us if you do want to talk about something or need clarification – we’re always here to help!). We still ¬†support you 100% through phone and email – but now, to enhance our service further, we now have Q&A on all of our pages so you can read through and research before you try something – or you can just use this information to learn something new!

Check it out and start browsing around – let us know how you like it!


Why is Paleo So Powerful?

Also known as the “caveman diet”, Paleo is a way of eating the focuses on what ancient man might have eaten. Overall, this means eating like hunters and gatherers with a diet consisting mainly of lots and lots of fresh produce and lean animal protein. On the flip side, it also means avoiding sugar, processed grains, legumes, and dairy (or at least cutting way, way back on these sorts of ingredients).
While the Paleo Diet has been around since the 70′s, it’s recently gained more popularity as its health benefits have been reported to show that it’s a great diet for maintaining a healthy weight and overall, giving one a better sense of well being. Plus, many athletes who participate in fitness plans like CrossFit find the Paleo Diet to be a natural fit because of its high protein and low carbohydrate approach. But how does it work? What makes Paleo so powerful?
Well, for one thing, Paleo cuts out a lot of the junk that most people tend to find dominating their diets. Heavily processed grains, sugars, and other such finds are usually staples in the American diet. Cut them out and the effects can be profound – and they usually start showing up in the form of improved energy levels.
In addition to eliminating processed foods that load up our bodies with toxins or gluten, Paleo focuses on nutrient-rich foods like lean and free-range meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

In its own way, it can help us avoid inflammatory foods (such as gluten) which can make our bodies develop a host of health concerns. Dr. Dan has spoken widely on this topic and if you want to learn more, just check out our YouTube channel or our Gluten-Free Resources section.

Overall, Paleo has proven itself to be a viable dietary lifestyle for many. It’s helped that there are many, many more resources out there than there were years ago for Paleo Dieters. Grain-free crackers, kale chips, gluten-free alternatives, and other sugar-free food items are just the tip of the iceberg.
At OVitaminPro, we proud to offer free nutritional counseling to our customers and we can speak at length about Paleo and how it’s made an impact in our own lives. If you have questions about Paleo or want to learn more, give us a call and we’d be happy to give you more insight!

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