What is DHA?
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that makes up approximately 20% of the human brain and nervous system. Though very important for functioning the human body, DHA is not a product of the body and must be obtained through diet or supplementation.
What does DHA do?
- DHA plays a significant role in the normal physical and mental development of the fetus. DHA is transferred from the mother to the developing baby in the last trimester, supporting the fetal “nervous system growth spurt.”
- DHA provides mood and nerve support for pregnant and nursing mothers.
- DHA levels impact the long-term mental and physical health of children.
How much is enough?
For pregnant women, international experts recommend 300mg DHA to satisfy the minimum intake required for a healthy pregnancy.
Make sure to read the supplement facts to know how much EPA + DHA you are getting. A 1000 mg fish oil soft gel refers only to the size of the soft gel, not the levels of EPA + DHA.
Did you know Omega-3 fish oil…
- Is the safest source of the essential fatty acid, DHA
- Can increase birth weight and gestational length
- Improve attention and focus in infants and children
- Reduces the risk of allergies in infants
- Lowers the risk of child-onset diabetes
- Promotes the healthy development of the fetal brain, eyes, nervous system, and immune system.