Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid (PUFA) found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat found in the brain and eye accounting for up to 97% of the total omega-3 fats in the brain and up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in a specific part of the eye, called the retina. It is also a key component of the heart. Numerous research studies confirm that everyone, from infants to adults to the elderly, can benefit from a regular intake of dietary DHA.
- DHA accounts for up to 97% of the total omega-3 fats in the brain
- Research studies confirm that everyone, from infants to elderly, can benefit from a regular intake of dietary DHA omega-3 fatty acid
- Typical American diet contains less than 100mg of DHA per day, well below the amount recommended
- Fish do not produce their own DHA and EPA, it comes from the algae in their food chain
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DHA at Every Age
Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid (PUFA) found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat in the brain and retina accounting for up to 97% of the total omega-3 fats in the brain and up to 93% of the omega-3 fats in the retina. It is also a key component of the heart. Numerous studies confirm that everyone, from infants to adults, benefits from an adequate supply of DHA. The following information is based on available science. Depending on where you live, you may see these benefits on product packaging.
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ARA During Infancy
Arachidonic acid, or ARA, is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid (PUFA) found throughout the body. It is the primary omega-6 fatty acid in the brain, representing about 48% of the omega-6 fats found there. ARA, in combination with DHA, is always present in breast milk and plays a key role in infant development. Together, they are considered conditionally essential nutrients1 during early life and are related to cognitive, visual and immune development during infancy and throughout childhood. Numerous studies highlight the importance of an adequate supply of ARA and DHA in infant development. The following information is based on available science.
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1Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2010. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper 91.
Vegetarian EPA and DHA
life’s™OMEGA goes directly to the source – algae – to deliver vegetarian EPA and DHA omega-3 to help support overall health throughout all stages of life. The vegetarian equivalent to fish oil, life’s™OMEGA is the first plant-based EPA and DHA combined product that gives consumers an alternative to traditional fish oils.
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DHA omega-3 is naturally found throughout the body and is most abundant in the brain, eyes and heart. Just as calcium is essential for building strong bones, DHA ensures that the cells in the brain, heart and other parts of the nervous system develop and function properly through all stages of life.