DHA

Why DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that supports the normal maintenance of brain function and helps support normal visual development, especially in infants. DHA serves as an important building block and is commonly introduced during the periods of rapid growth, such as during pregnancy and childhood.

Where do I get DHA?

DHA is naturally found in certain foods, like oily or fatty fish. We know how important fish is as part of a healthy lifestyle, providing key nutrients and essential fatty acids that our bodies have limited ability to make on their own.

Few foods are naturally high in DHA and some have omega-3s added to them, known as fortified foods. You can find DHA in fish like sardines and anchovies, and in enriched foods like eggs.

How much DHA do I need?

Health experts recommend we eat at least 2 portions of fish a week, and all children should be eating one 140g portion of oily fish every week.

Research shows, on average, many of us are not meeting the recommended daily intake levels for seafood!4 This suggests many of us could be missing key nutrients that play an important role in our overall health. Thinkmist® is available for those concerned their child is not receiving enough DHA and is ideal for those who have difficulty swallowing capsules.

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[1] National Institutes of Health. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet for Health Professionals”. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Apr 2019. Available at https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/. Accessed Jun. 2019.

[2] Bradbury J. “Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): An Ancient Nutrient for the Modern Human Brain.” Nutrients.;3(5):529–554. doi:10.3390/nu3050529.

[3] Greenberg, James A.. “Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy.” Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology, National Center for Biotechnology Information, Sept. 2018, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621042/.

[4] Huelke, Donald F.. “An Overview of Anatomical Considerations of Infants and Children in the Adult World of Automobile Safety Design.” Annu Proc Assoc Adv Automot Med. 1998;42:93–113. [online] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3400202/.

[5] Koletzko, B. et al. “The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations.” Journal of Perinatal Medicine, J. Perinat. Med., 2008;36:6-9. doi:10.1515/JPM.2008.001.

[6] Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "Consumers - Eating Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should KNOW." U.S. Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Aug 2017, https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm393070.htm.

 

 

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