Docosahexaenoic acid

Our docosahexaenoic acid or DHA is an essential fatty acid belonging to the omega-3 family, the anti-inflammatory form of unsaturated fatty acids.

Scientific evidence

PUFAs play an important role in brain, visual and cognitive development from fetus to adult. EFSA recommends an additional increase of AA in EPA and DHA (250 mg/day) for pregnant and lactating women by 100 to 200 mg for DHA (EFSA, 2012).

Good for

Nervous system, heart health, cell wall elasticity

Found in

Fatty fish, seafood, vegetable oils (flax, rapeseed, walnut, soy) in lower doses also contain omega 3, for example.


The body can synthesize DHA from another omega-3 (ALA or alpha-linolenic acid). Therefore, it is essential to find a sufficient amount in the diet.

It contributes to:

  • the maintenance of normal triglyceride levels
  • normal development of the brain, including in pregnancy
  • a healthy heart function

Science in numbers

Alternative name

Omega-3 fatty acid

Number of studies


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