SmartyPants Nutrient Guide

Omega-3 DHA & EPA

For brain-building and healthy healing

Why we need it

  • Omega-3 fatty acids like DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential for proper brain development and for overall health and growth.*
  • DHA supports brain, retina, and nervous system development1, and studies suggest that DHA may improve reading and behavior in children2*
  • DHA is also the only fatty acid that can cross the placenta3., making it a crucial nutrient for infants and pregnant women.* After birth, breastfed infants continue to receive DHA from breast milk.
  • EPA supports a healthy inflammatory response*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How much do I need?

There is no recommended daily intake (RDI) for DHA or EPA, but many experts recommend adults and children consume between 100 mg and 160 mg4 of DHA. Some research shows sufficient daily minimum intake of EPA and DHA to be around 250mg5.

Why we include it

The best sources of DHA and EPA are wild-caught fatty fish and some types of sea algae. Fish eat the algae and accumulate the DHA and EPA in their own tissue. The problem is, many kids and adults don’t eat fish, let alone algae, on a regular basis.

It is possible to convert the omega-3 fatty acid ALA – found in vegan food sources such as flax and chia seeds – into DHA and EPA, but the human body isn’t very good at it: the rate of conversion is less than 5%6.

Since DHA and EPA are such a critical nutrients for brain function and a healthy inflammatory response, we include these omega-3 fats in our gummies so parents and kids have a tasty way to get their DHA and EPA without having to choke down horse pills or a can of stinky sardines.

How can I get it?

  • 5 oz caviar – 3,800 mg DHA / 2,741 mg EPA
  • 5 oz wild Atlantic salmon – 1,429 mg DHA / 411 mg EPA
  • 5 oz fish roe – 1,363 mg DHA / 1,260 mg EPA
  • 5 oz anchovies – 1,292 mg DHA / 763 mg EPA
  • 5 oz mackerel – 699 mg DHA / 504 mg EPA
  • 5 oz tuna – 629 mg DHA / 47 mg EPA
  • 5 oz sardines – 509 mg DHA / 473 mg EPA
  • 5 oz rainbow trout – 520 mg DHA / 211 mg EPA
  • 5 oz halibut – 504 mg DHA / 91 mg EPA

We recommend you seek the advice of your pediatrician or primary care provider before making changes to you or your child’s nutrient intake.

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  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15812120
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22970149
  3. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/94/6_Suppl/1908S.full
  4. http://www.dhaomega3.org/Overview/DHAEPA-and-the-Omega-3-Nutrition-Gap-Recommended-Intakes
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19244379
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1184497
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