Dietary Supplement for the Brain
100 mg and 200 mg Softgels
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid and functions as an important
component of brain tissue. High concentrations of DHA are found in the cerebral
cortex of the brain. DHA has been found to play a significant role in cerebral
development throughout the life cycle, especially during fetal development and
infancy. It is especially important for women and their offspring during pregnancy
DHA Neuromins - Feed Your Brain
Few people realize how important fats are to a healthy brain. In fact, our brains
are primarily fat, 60% by dry weight! And DHA, the most plentiful fatty acid
in the brain, is crucial to brain health, from infancy to old age.
The Building Block of the Brain
DHA is shorthand for docosahexaenoic acid. This omega-3 long chain fatty acid
is the primary building block of the brain and retina of the eye. The brain
is 60% fat, and DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, comprising
25-35%. DHA is found in even greater concentrations - 50- 60% - in the retina.
DHA is critical for infant development. Compelling research links DHA to the
rapid cerebral and eye development that occurs during pregnancy and in the first
few months after birth. DHA passes through the placenta to the fetus during
pregnancy, and to the nursing baby through breast milk. Optimal levels of DHA
in the bloodstream of pregnant women and the breast milk of nursing mothers
are crucial to babies.
In fact, DHA's presence in breast milk may explain why breast-fed babies have
demonstrable IQ advantages over babies fed formula without DHA. An emerging
body of research led an expert committee of the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture
Organization/World Health Organization to recommend that DHA be included in
infant formulas at levels comparable to those of mothers' milk. Yet DHA levels
in the breast milk of American women rank among the lowest in the world, and
DHA is still not available in U.S. infant formulas.
Supporting a Healthy Nervous System
DHA's benefits are not limited to infant development. Supplementation may be
helpful to anyone with a low DHA intake, especially for supporting a healthy
nervous system. DHA has been associated with optimal memory function, visual
acuity, and maintaining a positive mental state.
DHA is an integral component of all membranes with electrical activity. The
cells in our brain, retina and other parts of the nervous system have a complex
network of connecting arms that transport electrical messages throughout the
body. DHA's presence in nerve cell membranes is critical because this is where
messages are transmitted. It is at the membrane that nerve cells generate the
electrical impulses that are the basis of all communication in the nervous system.
Without the necessary fatty acids, this communication system can break down
or become less effective.
DHA supplementation may be especially important as we grow older. The body's
ability to synthesize DHA, which is very limited in all human beings, may decline
even further with age.
Research suggests that aging interferes with the activity of delta-6-desaturase,
the enzyme involved in the conversion of omega-3 fatty acids into DHA. Elderly
people with inadequate or DHAdeficient diets may benefit from a supplementary
source of DHA.
Insufficient in Today's Diet
Because human beings cannot adequately synthesize DHA, most of it is obtained
from our diets. The richest sources are red meats, animal organs and eggs -
among the first foods to be eliminated by people concerned about fat intake.
Today, the average American is getting less DHA from food, and vegetarians,
vegans, and people on lowfat diets are especially at risk.
Fish are a good dietary source, but must be eaten several times a week to provide
enough DHA for optimal brain function. Fish obtain their DHA from microalgae
- the nutritional basis of NEUROMINS.
Neuromins: a Pure, Safe Source
Source Naturals DHA is obtained from NEUROMINS, a dietary supplement derived
from algae in a base of sunflower oil. NEUROMINS DHA is a highly purified form
of DHA, produced under tightly controlled manufacturing conditions.
Unlike fish oil, which used to be the main supplemental source of DHA, NEUROMINS
does not contain the fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is not recommended
for infants or children.
Source Naturals NEUROMINS DHA is available in bottles of 30, 60 and 120 softgels,
in both 100 and 200 mg dosages. Pure, safe DHA in the 200 mg dosage may be especially
beneficial for pregnant or nursing women.
Supplement Facts for 200 mg
Serving Size: 1 softgel
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 200 mg
Derived from algal oil (oceanic phytoplankton), in a base of high oleic sunflower
oil, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) and natural Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil, Purified Water, Calcium Carbonate, Caramel, Carmine, Turmeric, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Mixed Tocopherols. Contains Soy.
Warning: If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health care professional
before using DHA Neuromins product.
Suggested Use: One DHA Neuromins softgel daily.