Transcript: Algae-Based DHA vs. Flax
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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