Mothers Milk DHA

FAQ

Why should I be taking mothers milk DHA?
The scientific community agrees that the consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids during pregnancy and while lactating provides a significant benefit to the growth and development of a baby.  A large number of studies have demonstrated the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diets of both pregnant and breast feeding mothers.

Omega 3 exists in natural form in the human body, although in excessively low quantities. Omega 3 is a critical component for the development and functionality of the human brain.

What is DHA?
DHA is the most beneficial fatty acid for human healthcare.  It is essential for the cardiovascular system, brain development, and learning capacity of children.  It also promotes healthy development of the eyes and nervous system.

Are all Omega 3 fatty acids the same?
No.  There are a number of different Omega with different functions and different properties.   They include:

  • Nutritionally important n−3 fatty acids include α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), all of which are polyunsaturated. The human body cannot produce DHA but can convert a limited amount of ALA into DHA in a very biologically inefficient process.   
  • DHA is so critical to the body as compared to ALA and EPA that you will convert ALA and EPA into DHA in order to meet requirements.       

What is DHA more important than the other omega 3's?
All of the Omegas are important as each has a specific function within the body.  DHA is critical to the central nervous system, eye function and sperm motility.   As a result DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and retina. DHA comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain and 60% of the PUFAs in the retina. Fifty percent of the weight of a neuron's plasma membrane is composed of DHA.

DHA deficiency is also associated with cognitive decline.  DHA is found in Phosphatidylserine (PS) which is a critical phospholip that controls programmed cell death, apoptosis.   Low DHA levels lower neural cell PS and increase neural cell death. DHA is depleted in the cerebral cortex of severely depressed patients.

Can I get enough DHA from my regular diet?
Unfortunately, most diets are lacking in DHA.  Even healthy, nutrition-conscious individuals do not consume enough foods rich in DHA to provide for healthy growth and development. While pregnant and breast feeding, it is especially important to complement your healthy diet with DHA supplements. 

What are the various sources of DHA?
Cold-water oceanic fish oils are rich in DHA. Most of the DHA in fish originate in the micro algae they consume which becomes increasingly concentrated further up the food chain. DHA is also commercially manufactured from micro algae. 

What is the difference between these sources?
The DHA found in fish and algae is not similar to the type a mother passes to her child.  In breast milk, DHA is predominantly carried in the middle or sn-2 position on the triglyceride.  Fish and algae based DHA have most if not all of their DHA bound to the outer sn-1 and sn-2 positions on the triglyceride.   Think of a triglyceride as a three pronged pitch fork - the outer tongs are position sn-1 and sn-3.  The center position, the protected position, is sn-2.   The reason the mother places the DHA in the center sn-2 position for her baby is due to increased absorption and increased stability.   When we ingest DHA found in either the sn-1 and/or sn-3 position the body goes through the very inefficient process of reconfiguring the triglyceride to place the DHA in the sn-2 position before it can be absorbed.  As this reconfiguration is inefficient the result is the loss of a significant portion of the DHA.  In mothers milk DHA, as in breast milk, the majority of DHA is found in the sn-2 position on the triglyceride resulting in much higher absorption. 

What makes the mothers milk DHA product unique?
Since mothers milk DHA naturally places the DHA in the same biological form found in breast milk the body's ability to recognize and absorb it is increased by an estimated 300% to 400%.   It has been clinically demonstated that the conversion of ALA to DHA is very inefficient with an estimated conversion rate of 9%.  That means 91% of the ALA consumed is excreted by the body without being utilized.  Research on the conversion of DHA found in the sn-1 and sn-3 position into the sn-2 position for absoprtion shows a similar profile.

How often should I be taking mothers milk?
Recommended dosage while pregnant and breast feeding is two softgels once a day.

Is mothers milk safe for me and the baby?
mothers milk DHA is the only DHA that replicates the DHA naturally produced in breast milk.  Our product is 100% safe for both mother and baby.

Will it help my infant to grow and thrive?
Adequate levels of DHA can reduce the risk of premature births and numerous studies have shown that DHA can help a fetus and infant to grow and thrive.

Can DHA promote brain development in babies?
Several studies have shown that children who receive a suitable contribution of DHA during the fetal period and first years of life evidence a higher brain development, greater functional capacity, and higher IQ.