People look to fish oil for the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. While both provide important benefits to human health, DHA has an edge when it comes to brain health and development, cognitive ability, and preventing cognitive decline.
Medford, MA (PRWEB) July 16, 2015
Since the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids became known, fish oil has become the go-to supplement for overall brain and heart health. But not all fish oils are made equal. More recently, studies have begun to paint a picture of high-DHA fish oil’s superiority in supporting adult cognition, as well as, early brain development. Moreover, the purity and bioavailability of supercritical triglyceride (TG) fish oil is unmatched.
People look to fish oil for the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). While both provide important benefits to human health, DHA has an edge when it comes to brain health and development, cognitive ability, and preventing cognitive decline.
For example, one University of Pittsburgh study found that DHA had a direct impact on nonverbal reasoning in adults with virtually no impact from EPA. Another Massey University study two years ago found that omega-3 DHA drastically improved memory and reaction time in young adults.
Leveraging this knowledge, Tranquility Labs have recently released CogniDHA: a high-DHA omega-3 fish oil, which boasts 775mg of DHA and 200mg of EPA per 1250mg serving, or 74 percent pure DHA (a total 84 percent omega-3 fatty acids). At its advanced German manufacturing facility, high-tech supercritical CO2 extraction techniques are used to remove impurities like mercury, and prevent oxidation.
Fish Oil Purity and Preventing Rancidity
Even among high-DHA fish oils, one should always check how it was manufactured. With the high mercury content in today’s fish and a sensitivity to spoiling when exposed to oxygen, fish oil purity is absolutely critical. The finest fish oils are extracted without oxygen, and refined to remove heavy metals and other toxins.
A large percentage of fish oil sold in stores is actually rancid before the consumer ever buys it, due to exposure to oxygen during less expensive extraction methods. These oils can actually be harmful to your health and should be avoided (recognizable by an incredibly fishy odor).
Supercritical extraction avoids this by using harmless CO2 to extract the oils into TG form (the natural and most bioavailable form of omega-3 fatty acids). Cheaper fish oils are often put into ethyl ester (EE) form, which is generally not found in nature - and never converted back into the natural TG form.
“It is no longer enough to simply state how much omega-3 a fish oil contains,” said Rob Barry, founder of Tranquility Labs. “The educated consumer should look for how many milligrams of DHA they’re getting. Most cheaper store brands won’t even tell you how much DHA is in their fish oil.”
“It is a shame that many consumers are still buying impure fish oils with only 20-30% percent omega-3s,” Barry continued, “Which is standard because it’s cheap to manufacture. Apart from those critical fatty acids, what’s left in fish oil is basically filler. But that’s what recent history shows us you can expect from store brands."