Jarrow Formulas Max DHA 180 softgels is highly concentrated in omega-3 fatty acids and enriched in DHA. The DHA is derived from fish oil of cold water fish (anchovies, sardines) and is ultra purified and concentrated by molecular distillation.
The predominant fatty acid in the brain, nervous system and retina of humans is DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is necessary for fetal and infantile neurological development during pregnancy and lactation.
DHA also helps support neurological function in seniors.
who can benefit from maxDHA?
The benefit of DHA supplementation appear to be life-long so almost anyone can benefit from maxDHA.
Pregnant or lactating women and children with developing nervous systems stand to benefit the most from supplementing with DHA.
what distinguishes maxDHA from similar products?
• highly concentrated natural triglyceride form of DHA
• 7:1 DHA to EPA ratio
• 250mg of DHA per softgel
• purified by molecular distillation
In the 1970’s, researchers began to realize that essential fatty acids from fish oil were beneficial. We can thank Greenland Eskimos for this discovery, because it was their high fat diet from cold water fish that made their low incidence of coronary artery disease so striking.
Two members of the omega-3 family of fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are particularly noted for their health promoting properties. DHA, in particular, plays a key role in the proper formation, development, and function of the brain, retina and central nervous system.
Hooray for DHA
DHA is selectively incorporated into the nerves, retina and gray mat- ter of the brain—all being tissues responsible for nerve transmission. In fact, DHA makes up about 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain and roughly 60% in the retina. DHA is so important that the body is able to recognize it and transport it preferentially to the nervous system. There are even special mechanisms to allow it to cross the blood-brain barrier. The prevalence of DHA in brain cell membranes results in a powerful impact on the fl uidity and function of cell membranes. DHA levels may also affect the capacity to regulate brain cell membrane proteins, which are critical to neuronal function
DHA for expecting mothers and newborns
DHA is essential for the proper neurological development of a growing fetus and infant. Our bodies are capable of producing some DHA from other omega-3 precursors, but what we are able to convert is only a small percentage of what is needed to promote optimum brain health and, in particular, brain development. Because of this developmental advantage to babies, DHA has found its way into breast milk via evolution. And of importance to modern mothers is research showing that increased maternal dietary intake of DHA leads to higher levels in breast milk. Consequently, sufficient intake of DHA during and after pregnancy is vitally important.
Some pediatricians suggest that maternal stores of DHA be augmented ideally as early as three months prior to conception to ensure an adequate supply for the fetus. Scientists have pointed to DHA as one reason why breast-fed children tend to have higher IQ scores and better visual acuity than formula-fed children. The evidence is substantial enough that infant formula manufacturers have begun adding DHA to their products.
DHA in mental health and aging
ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a term used to describe otherwise normal children who exhibit hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive behavior. Current studies indicate a possible link between essential fatty acid defi ciencies and ADHD. Blood samples from children diagnosed as having ADHD, show significantly lower levels of several essential fatty acids, including DHA. Although research in this area continues, these preliminary findings further sug- gest DHA’s importance in developing children.
Switching gears from young to old, aging leads to an increased risk in developing abnormal deposits in the brain and damage to brain-cell interconnections. This can lead to the deterioration of memory and the decreased ability to carry out daily tasks. DHA displayed some protection against both dendritic damage in one mouse model (Calon, 2004) and the accumulation of amyloid plaques in another (Quinn, 2007). Decreased DHA blood levels can also often be found in people experiencing age-related cognitive impairment. Some research has suggested that supplemental DHA may even have some effects on mood, but other studies find no changes. The results are preliminary, but these potential effects seem logical given DHA’s fundamental role in ensuring neuronal membrane fluidity and thereby facilitating cell function and communication.
DHA versus fish oil
Typical omega-3 fish oil products usually contain higher concentrations of EPA and less DHA. Jarrow Formula Max DHA is a special molecular distillate of fi sh oil that provides highly concentrated amounts of DHA along with EPA. Max DHA’s molecular distillation process ensures the removal of harmful contaminants.
Max DHA delivers a high level of pure DHA and is ideal for enhancing brain function in all ages, but especially in children and seniors. It’s your best value for this vitally essential fatty acid.
Usage and safety
Overall, DHA from fish oil in supplement form is a relatively safe compound. Caution should be noted for anyone taking coumadin/warfarin or any other type of oral blood thinner. In adults, the typical amount of fish oils that has been used in clinical studies ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 mg per day. In infants and children, the recommendation has been 40 mg/kg of body weight. Max DHA includes five mg of gamma tocopherol and two mg of ascorbyl palmitate for antioxidant protection of the long-chain fatty acids from oxidative degradation, which causes rancidity.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Nootropics is the accepted term for substances that enhance learning and memory function.
Nootropics work in various ways depending on the characteristic of the substance.
Some work by enhancing oxygen transport to the brain, an improved energy turnover in the brain, better neurotransmitter availability, or enhancing the creation of other substances that influence brain activity.
Uridine is a nucleotide that acts as a precursor of brain synapses and membrane phospholipids in conjunction with the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and choline sources. It may enhance some brain cholinergic functions.
Uridine also supports the health and function of liver mitochondria.
Take 1 to 2 softgels with each meal or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
pregnancy or lactation
Take 1 to 2 softgels per day or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
Give 1 softgel per day.
contains per daily serving (2 softgels)
fish oil 1200mg †
DHA (docosahexanoic acid) 560mg †
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 100mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (fish oil from sardines and anchovy), anti-oxidant (gamma tocopherol and ascorbyl palmitate added for protection of long-chain fatty acids), capsule (bovine gelatin, glycerin and water), light barrier (caramel and carob) free of chemical solvents!
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
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If you have a medical condition (especially seafood allergies or coagulopathy), are taking medications (especially anticoagulants), or facing surgery, consult your health care practitioner before using this product.
contains fish oil
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, shellfish or mollusks)
contains fish oil and gelatin