Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-01-21 (EDT)

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is a carboxylic acid with a 22-carbon chain and six cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the third carbon from the omega end.[1] Foods high in DHA are manufactured internally from the essential alpha-linolenic acid.[2]


Food Sources

DHA is either obtained from the diet or synthesized from eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).[7]

  • Most of the DHA in fish comes from microalgae[8]


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