Vegan DHA: Dr. Fuhrman's DHA Purity

What is DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid. You have probably heard reports that fatty fish is good for you. This is because the fat in fish is mostly omega-3.

DHA Purity bottle
Dr. Fuhrman's DHA Purity comes in a little bottle with a dropper, which makes it ideal for children.

Why is DHA good for you?

DHA is essential to brain development. DHA deficiency is linked to
  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning problems
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer
Low levels of DHA are also linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

What are plant sources of DHA?

Fish get their DHA from algae. Of course, so can vegans. Because humans generally do not consume algae, it is easiest to get your DHA from a supplement that derives the DHA from algae. This may also be healthier than getting DHA from fish, because fish also contain relatively large amounts of mercury.

What about flaxseed or flax oil?

Flax seed and flax oil are excellent sources of ALA, but do not contain DHA. ALA is another omega-3 fatty acid. Your body can convert ALA to DHA. This is why DHA is not an essential fatty acid. However, in many people this conversion does not work well. This is the case for people who eat many omega-6 fatty acids (in nuts, seeds, sunflower oil, meat etc.) or people who eat an unhealthy diet.

Who should take a DHA supplement?

DHA is probably useful for all vegans, since there are no vegan foods that are high in DHA. Pregnant and nursing women and people who suffer from depression are strongly advised to take a DHA supplement.

What should you buy?

DHA Purity by Dr. Fuhrman

Dr. Fuhrman's DHA Purity is very concentrated and comes in a handy dropper, which makes it ideal for children or for people who do not like to swallow large pills. They are both good quality and free from mercury and other contaminants that are often present in fish oil.