Scientific Substantiation

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid. Studies show that it plays an important role in the visual and cognitive development of infants as well as helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is predominantly found in wild catch oily fish and algal oil.

Research

Nu-Mega Ingredients has provided support for over 100 research projects across 50 different research centres located in 15 countries. This has resulted in the publication of more than 150 papers, all of which are listed below and are available upon request.

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  • 2023 Research

    James, G., et al., Docosahexaenoic Acid Stability in Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food. Foods, 2023. 12(2): p. 308.

    Gould et al., Subgroup analyses of a randomized trial of DHA supplementation for infants born preterm with assessments of cognitive development up to 7-years of age: What happens in infants born <29 weeks’ gestation? PLEFA, 2023.

    Pipingas et al. Post-Prandial Cognitive and Blood Pressure Effects of a DHA-Rich Omega-3 Powder in Middle-Aged Males: A Pilot Study. Nutrients. 2023, 15(9)2198.

    Xuan et al., Effect of enzymatically produced tuna oil acylglycerol on the characteristics of gelatin O/W emulsion during microencapsulation using complex coacervation. LWT, 2023.

  • 2022 Research

    Nosratpour, M., et al., Fatty acid distribution and polymorphism in solid lipid particles of milkfat and long chain omega-3 fatty acids. Food Chemistry, 2022. 381: p. 132245.

    Gould, J.F., et al., Neonatal Docosahexaenoic Acid in Preterm Infants and Intelligence at 5 Years. New England Journal of Medicine, 2022. 387(17): p. 1579-1588.

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New Science

Nu-Mega is continually involved in new scientific research, and our scientists closely follow other new developments in our field. New studies can be found below, and also on our Research page.

Among omega-3 long chain poly unsaturated fatty acids in the brain (n-3 LCPUFA), DHA accounts for the largest fraction (~40%). During the last trimester of pregnancy, the foetus is estimated to acquire ~60mg/day of n-3 LCPUFA.

Brain cells are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is essential for normal brain growth and function. DHA in the brain comes entirely from the blood. It was not known how DHA crosses the protective blood-brain barrier (BBB) to enter the brain.

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These papers look in detail at the impact of DHA on human health.

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Health Benefits

Many research studies point to the critical importance of DHA and EPA for brain development and cognitive function, development and maintenance of visual acuity, immune system support and cardiovascular health

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