DHA for Adults 55+

Like bones need calcium, brains need DHA.

Are you one of those people who think brain health or memory loss as you age is a matter of genetics? Or luck? The truth is, the cause of normal brain decline is still a mystery.

However, we do know this: most of us have the power to positively influence our brain function throughout life.

DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid important for brain, eye and heart health, accounts for 97% of the omega-3 fats in the brain. The presence of DHA at adequate levels in neural tissue is important for optimal brain function during aging, as well as during other parts of life.

DHA plays a significant role in the maintenance of normal neurological function.* And it has been associated with a decreased risk of mental decline associated with aging.*

Just say "no" to the loss of memory.

Yes, a certain degree of memory loss and decline in cognitive function may be considered a normal part of aging. And brain health, including memory, is often listed as one of the top health-related concerns of aging populations in the U.S. and other countries.

But DHA is brain nutrition. And since our bodies don't efficiently make DHA, we need to consume it through food, beverages or supplements to keep our brains functioning to the best of their ability.

Yet most American adults age 55+ consume less than 100 mg of DHA daily, which is not enough.

The U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends adults take up to 160 mg/day DHA+EPA daily for general health. Numerous studies on safety and efficacy of DHA specifically at doses ranging from 26-5900 mg/day have shown no adverse effects.

Assuming you want to stay ahead, the question is how to improve your memory? Will you change your diet by adding DHA-rich food or will you take a DHA supplement?