The Benefits of Algal DHA / Why Do I Need DHA?
Why Do I Need DHA?
DHA omega-3 is to our brains as calcium is to our bones. It accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. Yet, most Americans don't get enough of this nutrient. Cold-water, fatty fish like salmon are good dietary sources of DHA. But there are now many foods, beverages and supplements available that are fortified with a vegetarian and sustainable, algal-based source of DHA. Try incorporating DHA into your diet with products you already love to eat. Soymilks, juices, milks, breads, cooking oils, yogurts, eggs, even nutrition bars and drink mixes are now being fortified with algal DHA.
Because algal DHA does not come from fish, there is no risk of ocean-borne contaminants. Algal DHA provides brain, eye and heart health benefits.
Omega-3 fatty acids are "good fats," and are among the most important nutrients lacking in Americans' diets today. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fat in our brains. And, because our bodies don't efficiently make DHA, we need to eat foods rich in this important nutrient in order to keep our brains functioning optimally.
The average American consumes less than 100 mg of DHA daily. With increasing awareness of the importance of DHA, many people may realize that they need to make a change to their diet by adding DHA-rich foods or supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, have been shown to promote good health. Research suggests that DHA may:
- Support a healthy pregnancy
- Support length of gestation
- Support visual development and function
- Support cognitive development and function
- Support cardiovascular health
- Reduce risk of dementia
- Reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease
- Improve memory