Dr. Oz was a featured speaker at a luncheon in New York City titled “Beautiful Minds: An Assessment of the Nation’s Brain Health,” where he gave recommendations on keeping your brain fit, sharp and youthful.
DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid, also known as omega-3 fatty acids, has been attributed to maintaining memory function and preventing dementia. The human brain is about 60% fat, and DHA is one of the fatty acids found in the brain, as well as the retina. Known for being present in fish, Oz told the audience he recommends using the vegetarian form of DHA found in algae.
Algal DHA is where fish get it from, and is not only an appropriate version for vegetarians and vegans, according to one London nutritionist who spoke about a study examining academic performance in school children taking DHA from fish oil, it’s more sustainable.
“For all of our children in the country taking fish oil simply isn’t sustainable option. We don’t have enough fish,” said Yvonne Bishop-Weston of www.foodsforlife.org.
Algal DHA may be grown in laboratories under sterile conditions that prevent otherwise expected ocean contaminants like fish bone. One company that manufactures the algal form of DHA is Deva.
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