The Surprising Truth About DHA Omega-3 Benefits
You would have to be hiding under a rock to be blind to the fact that Omega 3 is good for you.
“It’s doctor recommended. It’s proven effective by thousands of scientific studies. And it’s a simple ten second solution you can implement every day to improve your brain, heart, and eye health.”
Here’s the problem.
Until recently, many people believed that you must consume more EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) than DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). In fact, most nutraceutical companies jumped on the bandwagon so they can charge you extra money for unnecessarily exorbitant quantities of EPA, while neglecting to provide the basic amount of DHA your body really needs.
Why do you need more DHA than EPA?
Because DHA is the long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid that is found in every structural and functional fat and tissue in your body. It’s vital to your life.
Now more than ever DHA is being recognized for its’ health-benefits across the board (7-11), meaning it has become vital to the health and wellbeing of everyone, not just pregnant women, and developing fetuses.
In fact, a growing mountain of new evidence suggests that your Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement should contain far more DHA than EPA if you’d like to continually see the best benefits to brain, eye and heart health, because 97% of your brain’s healing fatty acids (1), and 93% of your eyes fatty acids are made up of DHA Omega-3, and your heart is 100% tissue—so it functions at optimal levels, only when you support it with DHA.
What do doctors and medical scientists think?
The more doctors and scientists review the research, the more they’re finding that DHA is vital throughout your entire life, to ensure brain and nervous system function, support memory function, aid in lifelong psychomotor development (hand-eye coordination), support nerve cell transmission, maintain heart health, aid in optimal mental health, and maintain the protective structural fat layer that ensures visual function.
That’s why it’s a problem that most Omega-3 supplements are EPA heavy, and DHA light. Plus scientists now realize that your body can suddenly pull any additional EPA it needs from your DHA fatty acids—but your body cannot pull DHA from EPA.
You see, DHA has an extra double bond (six in DHA, versus only five in EPA), plus it’s longer at 22 carbons, versus the 20 carbons you’ll find in EPA. This means DHA takes up more space than EPA, making your brain membranes more fluid (so you clear out more toxins from your brain) (2).
Why is DHA better for your eye health?
DHA’s ability to increase fluidity in your brain means your eye receptors rotate more efficiently, protecting and aiding optimal health in your synaptic vesicles and your retina’s (2). When this unique process is enhanced, you increase how quickly your brain can get your eyes interpretive signals, so your eyes strain less, and you see more, faster.
But there’s more.
While you need more DHA if you’d like to maintain optimal brain and eye health, consuming a supplement with more DHA, than EPA can save your life…
By helping you maintain optimal heart health.
Why should your Omega-3 Supplement Contain More DHA than EPA to Maintain Optimal Heart Health?
After a systematic review of double-blind studies that spanned nearly 40,000 patients, medical scientists have finally concluded that the DHA found in Omega-3 fatty acids is the number #1 natural prevention you can take to reduce life-impacting cardiovascular events (3). Because DHA is larger than EPA, DHA seamlessly increases the size of LDL particles, helping reduce the chance of entry of these enlarged, heart-trauma related LDL particles from entering the muscle cells that line arteries (4).
Please note, it’s not time to throw away your EPA.
While you should have considerably more DHA than EPA in any Omega-3 supplement you choose, EPA is still required for optimal functioning.
Both DHA and EPA are equally effective at reducing triglyceride levels (3), and activating your anti-inflammatory gene transcription factor (PPAR-gamma) (5). Plus both make resolvins, which are absolutely necessary to reduce inflammation (6).
So while you need both, your wisest investment is still in an Omega-3 supplement that contains more 100% natural sources of DHA than EPA.
Because the truth is that DHA and EPA deficiency can cause a multitude of painful health issues, and trigger the chronic inflammation that results in more than 70% of all terminal disease.
Nutrusta DHA Omega-3 Ultra can aid you in maintaining optimal levels of the DHA and EPA you need with a few more additional boosts to your health you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else—like 6:1 DHA to EPA ratio, and Vitamin D3 plus Astaxanthin.
Many people love this premium Omega-3 because they will NEVER experience dreaded fish burps, the #1 problem with other fish oil pills.
Beyond the fact that it’s made up of 100% Natural Triglycerides (much easier for your body to digest), every mg of Nutrusta Omega-3 fish oil comes in an easy to swallow Vesisorb® capsule—which is clinically proven to deliver up to 600% more Omega-3 long-chain fatty DHA and EPA, exactly where you need them most, by maximizing absorption.
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