Omega 3 DHA & EPA
For brain-building and healthy healing
Why we need it
- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega 3 fatty acid that is considered essential for brain, retina, and nervous system development1.
- DHA may support improved reading and behavior in children2.
- DHA is one of the only fatty acids that can cross the placenta3.
- After birth, breastfed infants continue to receive DHA from breast milk.
- EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is considered most important for its role in supporting a healthy inflammatory response.
How much do I need?
There is no Reference 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 some types of sea algae and wild-caught fatty fish. Fish eat the algae and accumulate the DHA and EPA in their own tissue. But 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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