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What is Dha (docosahexaenoic Acid) used to treat?

 

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Dha (docosahexaenoic Acid) is possibly effective for:
  • Reducing the risk of death in people with coronary artery disease, when DHA is consumed as part of the diet.
  • Preventing an eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), when DHA is consumed as part of the diet.
  • Psoriasis, when given along with EPA intravenously (by IV) by a healthcare provider.


Dha (docosahexaenoic Acid) is possibly ineffective for:
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many children with ADHD have low levels of DHA in their blood. But taking DHA doesn’t seem to improve ADHD symptoms. However, some beginning research suggests that DHA might help children with ADHD become less aggressive and get along better with others.
  • Type 2 diabetes. Taking DHA does not seem to lower blood sugar or cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Depression.


Dha (docosahexaenoic Acid) has insufficient evidence for:
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Some research suggests that getting more DHA from the diet might help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
  • High cholesterol and high triglycerides (blood fats). Early evidence suggests that taking 4 grams of DHA daily can reduce triglyceride levels by 20% in men with high triglycerides. DHA does not seem to significantly lower total cholesterol levels or increase “good cholesterol” (high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol) levels. Unfortunately, DHA might increase “bad cholesterol” (low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol) by around 8%.
  • Improving infant development. There is some evidence that infants who do not get DHA from breast milk or formula have delayed mental and visual development compared to those who do receive enough DHA. Some researchers reasoned that giving DHA in formula might improve development. But when they tested this theory, study results did not agree. The reason for the differences may be due to the way the studies were designed. For now, experts generally recommend breast-feeding instead of formula-feeding. However, if formula is used, some experts suggest a formula providing at least 0.2% of fats from DHA.
  • Improving night vision in children with dyslexia. Taking DHA seems to improve night vision in children with dyslexia.
  • Improving movement disorders (dyspraxia) in children. Taking DHA in combination with evening primrose oil, thyme oil, and vitamin E (Efalex), seems to improve movement disorders in children with dyspraxia.
  • Depression.
  • Dementia.
  • Improving vision.
  • Reducing aggressive behavior in people under stressful situations.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate DHA for these uses.

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