About DHA

What is DHA?

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, is well recognized for its brain, eye and heart health benefits for humans, and now, there is growing evidence suggesting that algal DHA supports many of these same benefits for animals.

DHA - a “good fat”

DHA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is an important structural component of the nerve cells in the brain and eyes and a key component of heart tissue. In fact, in humans, DHA accounts for 97% of the omega-3s in the brain and 93% of the omega-3s in the retina.

Benefits of DHA supplementation include:

  • Dogs - DHA supports brain and eye development in puppies and a healthy skin and coat in dogs, as well as supporting trainability
  • Horses - DHA/EPA supports exercise recovery and reproductive health
  • Aquaculture - DHA supports normal growth and development in fish, as well as providing increased DHA levels in meat 
  • Laying Hens - DHA fed to laying hens produces eggs containing supplement levels of DHA
  • Swine - DHA fed to swine supports litter health

Not all omega-3s are created equal

Only DHA omega-3, the longest chain omega-3 fatty acid, can provide the above benefits. ALA, most commonly found in flax, and EPA, found in fish oil, are not direct sources of DHA. Since most animals are inefficient in converting these shorter chain omega-3s into DHA, a preformed source of DHA, such as DHAgold, is preferred.

DHAgold™ - a natural source of algal DHA omega-3

While most people believe that fish produce their own DHA, it's actually the algae in their food chain that makes them a rich source of DHA. DHAgold is made from algae grown in a cGMP, FDA-inspected facility. Because DHAgold is from algae and not fish, it provides a vegetarian, sustainable source of DHA that is free of ocean-borne contaminants. DHAgold is used to fortify animal feeds, treats and supplements and can be fed to fish and production animals, enriching the meat, eggs and milk they produce.