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Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA)



Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is used to prevent age related macular degeneration (loss of vision due to aging), coronary artery disease (blockage in arteries supplying blood to the heart), high cholesterol, type II diabetes, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (a type of brain disorder in which there are problems paying attention, excessive activity or difficulty controlling behavior), stroke, menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) and memory disorders. DHA in combination with Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is prescribed for the treatment of heart diseases, bipolar disorders (a mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression), rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints), renal diseases, Systemic lupus erythematosus (a type of autoimmune disorder), asthma and ulcerative colitis (disease causing inflammation and ulcer in the colon) .

How it works

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) belongs to the class of medications called as nutritional supplements. DHA plays a vital role in the brain development. DHA decreases cholesterol and triglyceride levels, inhibits platelet aggregation and oxidation of LDL, decreases the synthesis of inflammatory markers such as prostaglandins. Overall, DHA plays a vital role in reducing the heart and circulatory disease risks.

Common side effects

Allergy, Heartburn, Weight gain, Nausea, Diarrhoea


Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have diabetes.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any allergic symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to DHA or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if having problem with aspirin-sensitivity and hypertension.
  • Do not take if allergic to fish products.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)