A Vegetarian Source of DHA
Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat in the brain and retina accounting for up to 97% of the 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.
Most people believe that fish are a rich source of DHA, when in fact fish get DHA from the algae in their foodchain. life’sDHA goes straight to the source, producing DHA from the same microalgae sources fish get it from. Grown in a controlled environment, life’sDHA is a vegetarian and sustainable source of DHA naturally free of ocean-borne contaminants.
life’sDHA’s manufacturing plants specialize in the production and refinement of DHA from algae. The process begins with the initial algae cell culture and results in a highly purified DHA oil. The microalgae are grown in fermentors that range in size from 80,000 to 260,000 liters. When grown, the microalgae is then harvested and processed to extract the clear, amber-colored oil rich in DHA.
When compared with fish oil, the DHA derived from microalgae offers some extremely important advantages:
- Vegetarian, sustainable source
- Free from the concern of ocean-borne contaminants
- Produced in an FDA-inspected facility under current Good Manufacturing Practices in a controlled environment from start to finish
- Trusted source used in over 99% of infant formulas in the USA
- Provides important brain, eye and heart health benefits
The Importance of DHA During Pregnancy and Nursing
Recognizing the importance of maternal DHA intake, a workshop sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (NIH/ISSFAL) recommended an intake of 300mg/day of DHA for pregnant and nursing women.