DHA is vital for normal brain development of the fetus and infant, and for the maintenance of normal brain function throughout life. An omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid and it is the primary building block of the human brain tissue and eye, the human brain is about 60% fat, and DHA is one of the crucial structural fatty acids in both the brain and the retina. Approximately 30% of the structural lipid in the gray matter of the brain is DHA. Thus, it is required for the proper functioning of the neural systems. Also, many scientists are suggesting supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids as they have been shown to contribute to cardiovascular health by lowering and normalizing certain blood lipids. DHA may lower triglyceride levels and in some, may elevate HDL cholesterol, the one that is good. Without taking in fish oils, most vegans and vegetarians have no quality source of DHA, therefore supplementation is a wise idea for those wishing to maintain optimal health. One other benefit of these softgels are that they are now designed to pass through the stomach more easily to digest in the small intestine - this means better absorption and less of the "fishy aftertaste" that most people do not enjoy.
Available in 90 serving softgel bottle (3 month supply) for $21.99.
Servings Per Container
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 5
Microalgae Oil (40% DHA) - 500mg Which typically provides:
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) [Ω-3] - 200mg / *
Other Ingredients: Non-GMO tapioca starch, vegetable glycerin, mid-oleic sunflower oil, purified water, mixed tocopherols, lemon oil; less than 1% of: canola oil, annatto color, rosemary extract, ascorbic acid
* = Daily value not established
** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
They changed the formula on these a while ago to add lemon oil. I've used both the old (no lemon oil) and the new version, and these new ones are the absolute best. I think the lemon oil completely gets rid of the fishy burps/aftertaste problem. I've tried a lot of DHA brands, and this is the only one that (in its new formula) never gives me fishy burps. I think the reviewers who commented on algae- or fish-taste tried the older version. This is absolutely the best for me.
I've been taking these for about two months, and have noticed the daily migraines dropping off dramatically -- and when one does start, I can usually chase it with an extra Omega-3 and a glass of water.
Since I am vegetarian, I have never tried fish oil supplements, so I can't make a comparison. But this product does cause me to have algae-flavored burps for a while after I take it. It's not the end of the world, but it is mildly unpleasant.