Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Information

Other infant formulas supplemented with DHA include:
-- Nestlé Good Start
-- Similac Advance
-- Bright Beginnings
-- Parent's Choice with Lipids
-- Berkley & Jensen Enhanced with DHA & ARA
-- Many generic store brands sold under various names across the country

Sources of DHA
Approximately 220 mg of DHA per day is recommended. The average American diet contains less than half of this amount. Fatty fish and organ meats are the primary dietary sources of DHA. Although fish oil is a common source of the nutrient, consumers are often concerned with potential toxic chemicals or organic pollutants that may find their way into the oil. Women who've chosen to limit their fish intake can try a vegetarian source (such as Martek DHA) produced from microalgae grown for this purpose. Many infant formulas as well as eggs and nutrition bars (such as the Oh Mama! nutrition bar for pregnant and nursing mothers) contain the algae form of DHA. The following contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids: oils from seeds; eggs from chickens fed a special diet high in essential fatty acids; certain supplements; and fatty fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel.

A sampling of foods containing DHA
-- Large hard-boiled egg (non-enriched): 19 mg
-- 2 pieces of chicken: 37 mg
-- 12 large steamed shrimp: 96 mg
-- 1 cup chicken livers: 112 mg
-- Oh Mama! nutrition bar: 115 mg
-- 3 ounces steamed crab: 196 mg
-- 3 ounces smoked salmon (lox): 227 mg
-- 3 ounces beef liver: 246 mg
-- 3 ounces white tuna canned in water: 535 mg
-- 3 ounces broiled pink salmon fillet: 638 mg

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