DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential fatty acids that are often grouped together as the two most important types of omega-3. Each of these polyunsaturated long-chain fatty acids has its own unique benefits. DHA can provide support with a number of health benefits, such as brain function, heart health, and vision.
DHA and EPA are called essential fatty acids because they are vital to our health, but since the body can’t produce these by itself, they must be obtained through the diet.
Some foods naturally contain DHA, and it’s also a key component of many omega-3 supplements, including our MINAMI® fish oil and algae oil supplements.
How Does DHA Work?
When we take in DHA, it finds its home in our cell membranes, where it plays an important role in ensuring their fluidity, supporting the cells within our nervous system to send and receive signals more efficiently. This is why supplements containing DHA can have such a significant effect on maintaining normal physiological functions.
What are the Benefits of DHA?
Taking a regular dose of DHA can have many health benefits, including:
- Helping to maintain heart health
- Maintaining eye health and vision
- Providing support to mother and baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Assisting with foetal brain and eye development
Which Foods Contain DHA?
Foods that naturally contain DHA omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, anchovies, tuna and herring
- Algae-based foodstuffs, such as spirulina
DHA in Omega-3 Supplements
While fatty fish can be a good source of DHA, some fish can contain potentially harmful contaminants including traces of metals and chemicals that can affect their quality and purity.
What’s more, the level of DHA in foods such as eggs can be very small, requiring an unsustainable amount to be consumed in order for you to experience the benefits of additional DHA.
This is where fish oil supplements come into play. MINAMI® omega-3 fish oil supplements are made using fish sourced from sustainable waters off the coast of Peru, which helps to ensure the greater purity of the DHA that ends up in our supplements. The concentration of fish oil in each supplement can also be controlled, helping you to avoid a deficiency and maintain many of the important functions in your body.