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!


Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundup

Holiday MealsKeep gluten out of your diet all season long by trying out gluten-free holiday recipes. We have scoured the web looking for delicious, gluten-free eat and discovered some amazing gluten-free recipes that are perfect for your family, a holiday work event, or a winter party with some of your close friends.

  • Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Pecans – Instead of serving a bread-based stuffing, you can offer this delicious option. It is magnificent when served with roasted, free-range poultry, like goose or Cornish hens.
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie – Make your vegan guests smile and impress your family members with this amazing gluten-free pie that uses buckwheat flour.
  • Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies – Whether you are looking for something to bring to a potluck or just another dessert dish, these cake-like cookies are delightful.
  • Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon – Give your guests a light and flavorful option with this mouthwatering green bean dish.
  • Wassail Punch – When you are throwing a holiday gathering, hot wassail punch is sure to warm your guest’s bodies, as well as their spirits.
  • Alice’s Brussels Sprouts and Maple Syrup – Brussels sprouts are a standard Thanksgiving dish, but you’ve never had them like this! Alice Bast, founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, created this simple and flavorful dish.

What are some of your favorite gluten-free recipes? We’d love if you can share a link to them in the comments!


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