The Benefits of Algal DHA / Why Do I Need DHA?

DHA omega-3 is to our brains as calcium is to our bones. It accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. Yet, most Americans don’t get enough of this nutrient. Cold-water, fatty fish like salmon are good dietary sources of DHA. But there are now many foods, beverages and supplements available that are fortified with a vegetarian and sustainable, algal-based source of DHA. Try incorporating DHA into your diet with products you already love to eat. Soymilks, juices, milks, breads, cooking oils, yogurts, eggs, even nutrition bars and drink mixes are now being fortified with algal DHA.

Because algal DHA does not come from fish, there is no risk of ocean-borne contaminants. Algal DHA provides brain, eye and heart health benefits.

Omega-3 fatty acids are “good fats,” and are among the most important nutrients lacking in Americans’ diets today. DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fat in our brains. And, because our bodies don’t efficiently make DHA, we need to eat foods rich in this important nutrient in order to keep our brains functioning optimally.

The average American consumes less than 100 mg of DHA daily. With increasing awareness of the importance of DHA, many people may realize that they need to make a change to their diet by adding DHA-rich foods or supplements.


Omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, have been shown to promote good health. Research suggests that DHA may:

  • Support a healthy pregnancy
  • Support length of gestation
  • Support visual development and function
  • Support cognitive development and function
  • Support cardiovascular health
  • Support memory


Algal oil is the oil that is derived directly from algae. This oil contains DHA, which accounts for 97 percent of the omega-3 fats in the brain. Unfortunately, not enough American people get enough of it. Algal oil is a vegetarian DHA oil that does not come from cold-water fish. As scientists and doctors realized how important omega-3 fatty acids are for Americans, they began to research other ways to get these essential fatty acids other than using fish.

Cold-water, fatty fish, like salmon, are good dietary sources of DHA, but there are now many ways to get DHA into your diet; this is because algal oil is added to foods, beverages and supplements. Algal oil provides DHA, and because it does not come from fish, it’s sustainable and serves as a vegetarian option. There is also no risk of ocean-borne contaminants when using algal oil.

For getting good Algal DHA, please look into our Nutriceuticals product Alganics® DHA AB.




Posted in Uncategorized.