Everyone should consider taking plant-based (yeast- or algae-derived) long chain omega-3 fatty acid (DHA/EPA) supplements.
Even flexitarians might be at increased risk for developing arthritis.
Because even distilled fish oil has been found to contain toxic industrial pollutants, the safest source is algae or yeast derived EPA/DHA (our bodies can retroconvert DHA into EPA and vice-versa). See some of my reasoning here. My recommendation is to ideally get 250 to 500 mg a day
Very few people in this country eat the recommended amount of fish, and those who do probably glow in the dark and are so flame retardant they can probably broil their fish fillet over an open fire with their bare hands.
There are at least six sources of micro-algae based DHA currently on the market. There’s Deva. Omega-zen capsules, omega-zen liquid, Dr. Fuhrman’s brand, Spectrum makes one, and V-Pure brand. Udo’s oil makes one too.
This is not even negotiable for all pregnant and breastfeeding women. Just within the last year, mothers given DHA supplements had infants with significantly better vision at two months, significantly better problem solving at 9 months, and were significantly smarter at 4 years old—it bumped their IQ as well.
We can make DHA ourselves from the shorter chain omega-3’s in flaxseeds, but probably not enough for optimum health. Still, flax is amazing stuff.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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M.P. Judge, O. Harel, C.J. Lammi-Keefe. Maternal consumption of a docosahexaenoic acid-containing functional food during pregnancy: benefit for infant performance on problem-solving but not on recognition memory tasks at age 9 mo. Am J Clin Nutr, 85(6):1572-1577, 2007.
E.E. Birch, S. Garfield, Y. Castañeda, D. Hughbanks-Wheaton, R. Uauy, & D. Hoffman. Visual acuity and cognitive outcomes at 4 years of age in a double-blind, randomized trial of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid-supplemented infant formula. Early Hum Dev, 83(5):279-284, 2007.
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on omega-3 fatty acids. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!
By choosing algae-based sources of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, one may be able to get the benefits of fish consumption without the risks.
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