What Exactly is DHA?

Chances are you’ve heard 4bout DHA, and that it’s good for you and your children. DHA (scientific shorthand for docosahexaenoic acid) is an Omega-3 fatty acid and it’s a key building block of the brain and eyes. It is a particularly important nutrient during the early years when your child’s brain is developing so quickly.

Why is DHA important?

DHA is important for the healthy structure and function of the brain. As a baby develops, DHA supports not only brain development, but the eyes and nervous system, too. And there’s even more good news. Evidence in infants suggests DHA helps support respiratory health.

Good for babies and for toddlers

Clinical studies show that DHA in infancy helps support cognitive abilities and visual acuity. Because DHA is beneficial both in utero and after a baby is born, this nutrient is found in prenatal supplements and infant formulas. Once a baby outgrows formula, DHA continues to be important during the first three years of life when a child’s brain grows to 85% of its final size.

Related Articles