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Crypthecodinium cohnii oil is extracted from the microalgae Crypthecodinium cohnii. This marine alga is primarily used for the production of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This oil is mainly employed in baby formula as a major source of docosahexaenoic (DHA) - an omega 3 fatty acid. Crypthecodinium cohnii is a species of dinoflagellate microalga.
Crypthecodinium cohnii is used for the industrial production of DHA. This DHA, valued as a food supplement, is authorized for use in infant formulas. DHA is also processed as a food additive. It is also effective to treat people with heart problems.
DHA has the properties, which help in brain developments in infants. It also helps in normal functioning of brain. Deficiency of DHA in diet may hinder the learning ability of child. DHA is a major component in fish and fish oil, which lowers level of triglycerides in blood and also prevents cardiac arrhythmias. It also has a good effect on various diseases like arthritis, depression, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, thrombosis and some cancers. DHA is abundantly found in seafood, cold water fish, algae and organ meat.
High doses of DHA can result into a number of side effects like bloating, nausea, abdominal gas, heartburn, constipation, nosebleeds, bad breath and fishy burps. It also causes allergic reactions in many individuals, like swelling, itchiness, wheezing, hives, breathing problem or difficulty in swallowing. Over indulgence of DHA may also cause thinning of blood, which hinders the wound healing capacity of the body. Diarrhea and stomach ache are other common problems, related with DHA supplements.
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