DHA - Dr. Fuhrman's Tip of the Month

I just received this via email from Dr. Fuhrman. I share his concerns about the rancidity of fish oils, so I thought I would pass this along. [It looks to me like he misspelled docosahexaenoic acid. I also removed his ad tracking from the link and instead linked to DHA on wikipedia in case you want to know more.]


Dr. Fuhrman's Tip of the Month

Docoshexanoic acid (DHA) is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid and is one of the crucial building blocks of human brain tissue. DHA has been shown to protect against dementia, depression, inflammatory diseases, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, and to offer significant benefits for overall cardiovascular health.

Much of the publicity about the beneficial effects of these essential fats has focused on fish oils. One problem with fish oils is that the fat quickly turns rancid. Many people complain of burping, indigestion, foul taste and lasting fish breath. I have also observed that rancidity of this fish fat places a stress on the liver. Patients of mine have had blood tests showing abnormal liver function when consuming fish oil and then have had these tests return to normal when the fish oils were stopped.

Fortunately, vegetable derived DHA, from micro-algae, is an alternative. However, even algae-derived DHA can become rancid if not cared for properly. When I was looking for an acceptable plant based DHA product, I tested some of the leading brands. They all returned high Thiobarbituric Acid (TBA) values, a test detecting oxidative rancidity. A contributing factor that seemed obvious was the lack of in-store refrigeration.

Since nothing was satisfactory, I went to great lengths to deliver the purest and freshest DHA product available on the market today.

I'm not endorsing Dr. Fuhrman's DHA product here, but you can visit his web site if you want to investigate it yourself.