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Seeking Health Optimal DHA


Optimal DHA softgels contain 676 mg of concentrated and readily absorbed DHA and 118 mg of EPA per single softgel serving. This highly absorbable monoglyceride fish oil has been shown to provide better absorption than other fish oils.*(1)

The two most well-researched omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA forms essential structural components within the central nervous system, while EPA plays important roles in supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. DHA is the most abundant structural fatty acid in the eyes, brain, and central nervous system and plays important roles in their normal development.*

DHA also plays vital roles in fetal and infant eye, brain, and cognitive health and development. During pregnancy, DHA is transferred from mother to fetus, especially during the last trimester, and after birth via breast milk. DHA-supplemented and breastfed infants score significantly higher on mental, psychomotor, visual, developmental, vocabulary, and IQ tests later in life.*(2,3,4,5,6,7)

Levels of DHA decline with aging and supplementation with DHA may help to support healthy cognition, including memory and vocabulary. Studies have also shown that having higher levels of DHA supports a healthy inflammatory process, normal blood pressure, maintenance of healthy lipid (cholesterol) levels, normal resistance to oxidative stress, as well as contributing to the overall health of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, immune system, brain, eyes, and healthy metabolism.*(2,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15)

Optimal DHA helps to support:

  • Brain and eye health and development in babies
  • Healthy cognition and brain health
  • The cardiovascular system
  • A healthy immune system
  • A normal inflammatory response
  • The nervous system
  • Eyes and retinas
  • Normal metabolism

Optimal DHA Highlights:

  • Patented MaxSimil® DHA monoglyceride fish oil. This highly absorbable fish oil is in the monoglyceride form which has been shown to provide better absorption than other types of fish oil such as ethyl ester fish oils.(1)

  • IFOS five-star certified. Optimal DHA is certified by IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards) which tests products for the highest quality, safety, and purity standards in the world. IFOS certifies that the amount of omega-3 in the product matches the label, that the fish oil has not gone bad (oxidized), and that the product contains the lowest levels of contaminants.

  • The total omega-3 fatty acid content of Optimal DHA is 806 mg per single softgel serving. The source of fish oil comes from anchovies, sardines, and/or mackerel. The amount of DHA per softgel is 676 mg. The amount of EPA per serving is 118 mg.

  • The gelatin softgel capsule is made from fish gelatin and is GRAS-certified.
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  14. FDA Announces New Qualified Health Claims for EPA and DHA Omega-3 Consumption and the Risk of Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease [update]. Silver Spring, MD: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Constituent Update, US Food and Drug Administration; June 19, 2019. fda-announces-new-qualified-health-claims-epa-and-dha-omega-3-consumption-andrisk-hypertension-and. Accessed July 18, 2019.

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