DHA (as Docosahexenoic Acid from Algae)

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is one of the three main omega-3 fatty acids (or n−3 fatty acids), along with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain, with high concentrations in gray matter and the cerebral cortex, where it is a main structural component of the neuronal cell membrane and supports cell signaling functions [1]. DHA is also found in high concentrations in the retina, where it supports healthy vision. Although DHA can be produced in the body via conversion from its precursor α-linolenic acid (ALA), this occurs only to a limited extent, with diet being the major source of DHA. Cold-water fish are one of the best food sources of DHA (as well as EPA). Most of the DHA in fish originates from the microalgae they consume. DHA from algae, in essence, takes the middleman out of the equation, and is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly way of increasing dietary intake of DHA without having to consume fish or other animal products.* 


Supports brain health *

Supports healthy vision *


DHA (as Docosahexaenoic Acid from Algae) is supplied by Evonik, a leading German healthcare company, as AvailOm® Algal DHA.

AvailOm® Algal DHA is sustainably sourced and was developed to be a best-in-class DHA powder with superior bioavailability and stability.

AvailOm® Algal DHA is a gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan ingredient.


While there is no established recommended dietary intake for DHA, a number of health organizations have suggested ~250 mg of DHA plus EPA a day as a target. Relatively few adults meet this target—one study found only about 1 of 8 adults consumed at least 125 mg (i.e., met half this intake level) [2]. Vegetarian diets typically contain limited amounts of DHA, and vegan diets contain almost no DHA [3], so persons following those diets would be even less likely to meet the target amount. DHA has been used in clinical studies at a wide range of daily servings, from a few hundred milligrams to a few grams. The higher amounts used in clinical trials are substantially higher than what the body gets from the diet and makes daily, whereas a study with a lower amount would be more consistent with dietary intake targets. Because of such a wide range, the serving chosen for a formulation would depend on why DHA is included. In general, a lower serving would be used to augment the dietary intake and support the functional benefits of DHA.* 


Supports neuronal structure*

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in cell membrane phospholipids* [1]

DHA is the main structural component of the neuronal cell membrane* [1]

Supports synaptic neuronal membrane fluidity* [4]

Supports neuronal (dendritic) structure* [5]


Supports brain function and cognition*

Supports cognitive health* [6–10]

Supports working memory* [11]

Supports reaction time* [11] 

Supports neuroprotective functions* [4,9,10,12]

Supports brain antioxidant defenses* [9,10] 

Supports brain phospholipid levels* [13]

Supports dopamine signaling* [14]

Supports serotonin signaling* [14]

Supports the HPA axis* [14]

Supports neuronal choline uptake* [15]

Supports a healthy mood*

Supports a calm mood and healthy stress responses* [16–19]

Supports positive affective responses* [14,20]

Promotes healthy aging and longevity*

Supports healthy blood lipid levels* [21,22]

Supports AMPK activity* [23,24]

Supports SIRT-1 activity* [23]

Influences mTOR activity* [24]

Supports healthy autophagy* [24]

Complementary ingredients*

Uridine in supporting memory, dendritic spine density, synaptic protein levels, and phospholipids in the brain* [13,25–28]

Phosphatidylserine in supporting memory and cognitive health* [29,30]

*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.

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