Most people know that DHA, or Docosahexaenoic acid, is an essential fatty acid that is the building block of your brain and eyes. DHA is so much more than that, though. Not only does it help control cholesterol, but it also aids in cardiovascular health and communication between your brain and nervous system. Another benefit of DHA is that it can reduce inflammation in your body as well as help prevent the formation of cancer cells. DHA also helps raise your good cholesterol (HDL) as well as lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). DHA can also be very beneficial to women who are pregnant because it helps build a baby’s brain and nervous system. A person’s body does not produce DHA, so it is essential to get DHA from your diet or through supplements. Foods high in DHA include salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, beef, shrimp, eggs and tofu. If you feel you are not getting enough DHA, you can purchase supplements from companies such as Nordic Naturals or Carlson, which provide excellent sources of DHA in either fish oil, cod liver oil or salmon oil. Come into FRESH By Brookshire’s today, and ask any partner in the Health and Wellness department for more information about any of our products.