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The Benefits of DHA and DHEA for Fertility: What You Need to Know

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DHA and DHEA are both important when it comes to fertility, but they have very different roles and functions.

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid that has many health benefits. DHA is important for brain health, as well as for healthy vision and development. It is also an essential nutrient fore fertility, during pregnancy and for infant growth and development. DHA plays a vital role in the structure of cell membranes and can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Your body is unable to produce DHA in adequate amounts and therefore, it must be consumed in your diet or via supplements. DHA is mainly found in oily fish including salmon, mackerel and herring as well as algae.

Many people may choose to supplement with DHA as intake of oily fish is generally low in the UK (recommendation is 2 portions per week) and due to safety concerns (eating certain types of fish can increase your exposure to mercury and other contaminants). When purchasing a DHA supplement it is therefore important to ensure that the supplement is molecularly distilled to remove all known contaminants.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands and is important for maintaining overall health and well-being.


It helps regulate a variety of hormones, such as testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone. DHEA can also help reduce inflammation and is believed to have anti-aging properties.

When it comes to fertility, both DHA and DHEA can be beneficial. DHA can help improve egg quality and increase the chances of conception. It is especially beneficial for women over 35, as the egg quality naturally declines with age.
DHEA can also help improve fertility, particularly in women with low ovarian reserve or diminished ovarian reserve. It can help improve egg quality and increase the chances of successful implantation. Doctors often prescribe DHEA for those trying to get pregnant.

Ultimately, both DHA and DHEA can be beneficial when considering your fertility. DHA is found in many foods and is available as a dietary supplement, while DHEA is a hormone and requires a prescription. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider to determine which is best for you.

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