April 26, 2010 |
Pregnant women need them for their babies' brains. Kids need them to learn. Adults get healthier hearts from them. The do-it-all nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis — and may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and prostate cancer. Even dogs and cats need omega-3s to stay healthy. So eat more fish. Take fish oil pills (or their vegetarian counterparts). Start buying fortified foods.
April 26, 2010 |
So how many omega-3 fatty acids are enough — and how should you get them? That likely depends on your age and your specific health concerns. The United States does not yet have guidelines for DHA or EPA, and consensus among nutrition experts is elusive. But specialty groups, some governmental agencies and individual experts have started to take a stand. For healthy adults without major medical issues, the European Food Safety Agency recommends a daily dose of 250 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA, while the National Heart Foundation of Australia suggests 500 milligrams.
September 7, 2009 |
Heart health is a numbers game. Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides -- you practically need a personal data assistant to know how worried you should be. Now some experts want to add yet another number to the mix: the "omega-3 index," a measure of the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. Omega-3 fatty acids, naturally found in fish, have a steadying influence on the entire circulatory system. Two of them in particular -- docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
September 8, 1999 |
Food makers have begun mixing trendy exotic ingredients--marine algae, for example--into basic staples, claiming they can help cure everything from depression to heart disease and even help pregnant women give birth to smarter children. The trend marks an important development in the processing of food that ends up on American tables, though items like bread and salt have been fortified since the 1940s with vitamins and minerals to ward off colds and build strong bones.
November 13, 1990 |
DHA Dental Inc., the operator of eight dental clinics in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, said it has received an offer from Torrance-based Community Dental Services Inc. to purchase five of its clinics for $400,000. The five clinics are in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Covina and Bellflower. Not included are DHA clinics in Orange, Carson and Riverside.