ALGAL-900 DHA

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ALGAL-900 DHA

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Review

ALGAL-900 DHA is pure plant omega 3 DHA that is used as a dietary supplement for the heart and brain. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an essential fatty acid that makes up about 97% of the fatty acids in the brain. It is important for brain, cardiovascular, skin, hair and eye health. Spring Valley manufactures a pure plant (Algal) DHA that contains no fish oil or fish by-products that is made right here in the United States by a unique patented process. One softgel contains 300mg of algal DHA plus high oleic sunflower oil, sunflower lecithin, rosemary extract, mixed vitamin Es and ascorbyl palmitate. Research suggests that DHA improves memory function.

A recent study out of The University of Cincinnati showed that ADHD boys improved functioning in their pre-frontal cortex (verified through MRI studies) when taking 400 mg and 1200 mg of DHA. Both amounts were better than placebo.

Purpose

  • support brain function and health

Ingredients

1) Proprietary Blend none
2) Active Ingredients DHA 90 mg
3) Additives Caramel
Carmine
Glycerine
High Oleic Sunflower Oil
Porcine Gelatin
Purified Water
Rosemary extract
Sunflower Lecithin
titanium dioxide
Tocotrienol Complex

User Opinions

Consumers say this product works fine but is deceptive. It has head caption of 900 mg as the product is called Algal 900; but there is only 450 mg per capsule. One might also think this is a vegetarian product – probably the biggest reason someone would go for Algal DHA instead of the more common fish oil DHA. But the ingredients include “Porcine Gelatin”, or in other words, pig by-products such as their bones, skins, and tendons. The pleasant-sounding “Carmine” is also derived from insects. So, if you’re trying to avoid fish oil for vegetarian reasons, this might not be what you want.

They noticed some improvement in cognitive function after taking the product for a few weeks. Consumers find one pill every other day is sufficient to improve their memory and regulate their water intake.

Some say that this product can cause inflammation which blocks DHA absorption in the intestine if you are in your late thirties with food allergies. They take this product during meals, as it causes heartburn when taken with an empty stomach. As far as the comment about the smell, it might either be due to long time of storage or being kept in an environment that is too warm.

Dosage

For Adults: Take 1 softgel a day for heart and eye benefits. Take 3 softgels a day for memory benefits. Make sure to take with some food.

Precautions

Keep in a dry, cool place with the lid tightly closed. Protect from excessive heat or freezing.

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