Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a structural component of the brain’s gray matter and the eye’s retina. Also called brain food, it is an omega-3 fatty acid, unlike linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid.
DHA can be found in our products from a number of ingredients such as salmon meal, fish oil, eggs and chicken meal.
Other important omega-3 fatty acids include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which also comes from marine sources, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which comes from flaxseed. All of these omega-3 fatty acids are important in a variety of bodily functions.
DHA is so important it is considered essential for children and is now, by law, being added to baby formula.
It is now proven that DHA is critical for central nervous system development, good vision and sense of smell. 1 DHA helps to improve learning ability and cognitive function. 2 It may even positively impact temperament and memory.