Docosahexaenoic Acid DHA
DHA, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid, is a type of fat. This particular fatty acid is
abundant in the gray matter of the human brain and in the membranes of the retinal
photoreceptors in the eyes.Research suggests that DHA from a motherâ€™s breast milk benefits an infantâ€™sÂ eye and brain development. For adults, some preliminary research points to cardiovascular andÂ cognitive health benefits of DHA .For infants, the best source is undisputedly breast milk.
The DHA in infant formula and organic milk comes from docosahexaenoic single cell oil
(DHASCO). These oils are extracted with the toxic chemical hexane from laboratory-grown
algae.Â Hexane is a chemical by-product of gasoline refining.15 It is used not only as an extractionÂ solvent for edible oils, but also as a solvent for glues, varnishes, and inks and as a cleaning agentÂ in the printing industry. Hexane is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant.
Hundreds of reports have been submitted to the FDA regarding adverse reactions in infants
consuming formula with DHASCO and ARASCO. Of these reports, 98 could be traced to the
DHA and ARA oils (for example, by stating that symptoms disappeared as soon as the infant
was given a non-DHA/ARA formula).Watery, explosive diarrhea, in many cases long-term, is the most commonly reported side effect.Â Vomiting, bloating, gastrointestinal discomfort, rashes, and seizures have also been reported.Â These are quite serious complications and a vulnerable population.
According to a panel of independent scientists convened by the Institute of Medicine, premarket
safety tests for these oils were inadequate. They concluded that too few safety tests were
performed. Certain tests were performed only on rats, when they should have been performed on
nonhuman primates as well. No chronic toxicity or chronic carcinogenicity studies were
performed, not even on rats.