Prenatal supplement…or brain health supplement?
OmegaVia DHA 600 is our newest product.
You kept bugging us. Now here it is.
What is it?
- It’s an ultra-pure DHA-only supplement made from Anchovy, Sardine, and Mackerel
- Each capsule has 600 mg of DHA Omega-3
- The DHA is in the well-absorbed triglyceride (rTG) form
Who should take it:
- Men and women considering parenthood ( 4 months before conception)
- Pregnant and nursing women (600 to 900 mg DHA per day)
- Adults concerned about brain health
- Adults concerned about eye health
How much does it cost?
$25.99 for 120 softgels
Why it’s special:
- It has the most DHA available in one pill. (Yet it’s not a horse pill)
- It’s made using a new gentle, heat-free technology called enzymatic concentration. Less heat equals less damage to delicate Omega-3 molecules.
- Purified to remove mercury
- The Omega-3 is in the well-absorbed triglyceride form
- It’s enteric coated to reduce odor and burping
- It is third-party tested for your peace of mind
What’s the right DHA dosage for brain health?
There is always some news report about why fish oil doesn’t work.
Recently, there was a lot of media attention about one study that used 320 mg of DHA per day. The media reported that it does nothing for brain health or eyes. A ‘waste of money,’ said Newsweek.
Case closed. Toss your fish oil pills.
Not so fast.
While we were developing this formula, I spent a lot of time reviewing DHA studies (certainly more time than Jessica Firger from Newsweek) from the last decade that focused on cognitive health.
I noticed a couple of things:
- Studies that used less than 500 mg per day consistently failed to provide cognitive benefits.
- Studies that used more than 600 mg or so showed fairly consistent benefits.
600 to 700 mg of DHA per day seemed to be the sweet spot – the least amount of DHA that could be expected to provide benefits. It seems fair to say that if you take two pills (1200 mg DHA per day) that you’d tilt the odds in your favor.
This is the reason why our formula is ‘DHA 600’ and not ‘DHA 500.’ DHA 700 would have been better but we wanted to keep cost and pill size approachable.
In the chart below, I have shamelessly combined my data with Adam’s eye-opening chart. (Yes, there are a couple of studies that used > 500 mg DHA that failed to provide benefits and if I keep looking, I’ll probably find a study or two that shows benefits at sub-500 mg dosage. That’s how science works.)
DHA & Brain Health Clinical Studies:
Dosage and Results
As Dr. Barry Sears regularly explains to his readers, if you take a placebo dose, you can expect a placebo result.