An omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is making quite the buzz lately.
The New York Times is reporting that DHA additives in many (or almost all) foods may be in the near future. Martek Biosciences has been trying for years to persuade food makers to add an omega-3 fat found in algae to everything from cheese puffs to cornflakes so that we can all end up with healthier hearts, sharper minds and better vision. DHA is already added to infant formulas to help newborn baby eye and brain development. But is it a magic elixir?
Nutritionists aren't convinced -- While they think that DHAs are certainly worth pursuing, there is not yet enough proof to warrant telling people to go out of their way to take DHA supplements (with the exception of people with a history of heart disease and premature infants who are proven to benefit from DHA). DHA may reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s, but more study is needed before any definitive claims can be made.
Watch for it in the news as I predict a big year for Omega-3s.