Understanding how DHA benefits the body.
A Definition of DHA
DHA, otherwise known as docosahexanoic acid, is a highly unsaturated essential fatty acid.
With good fats and bad fats, saturated fats, trans fats and unsaturated fats, it’s no wonder so many people are getting headaches just trying to sort it all out.
What DHA Does
DHA is a major structural component of the retinal membranes, the nerves and the brain and DHA benefits the body in a number of ways.
The body on its own cannot produce DHA. Because of this, you need to get DHA from your diet. While it is almost impossible to safely get enough DHA through diet alone, there are fish oil supplements that can help you obtain enough DHA to be beneficial.
DHA Benefits Cholesterol
In addition to being an integral part of our vision, our hearts and our nerves, DHA also benefits our cholesterol. Studies show that those who took DHA on a regular basis achieved lower levels of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).