- The omega-3 fatty acid DHA plays an important role in helping support brain, heart, eye, and prenatal health.*
- But many of us may be falling short when it comes to meeting our recommended Omega-3 DHA intake. That’s why we suggest focusing on a diet including omega-3s, and supplementing with a quality multivitamin (with DHA).
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Omega-3 DHA. This omega-3 fatty acid (which is short for docosahexaenoic acid) plays an important role in helping to support brain health, heart health, and eye health. That’s true for all of us, but pregnant women in particular should pay extra attention to their DHA intake.*
So in the realm of health benefits, DHA is kind of a big deal, right? Unfortunately, when it comes to getting enough of this essential nutrient, many of us may be coming up short. “The amount of omega-3 DHA Americans are getting from their diet is typically below recommended levels,” notes Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD, and Ritual’s Senior Director of Scientific Affairs. And that’s where knowledge—and DHA dietary supplements—can come in handy.* (2)
How much Omega-3 DHA is recommended?
While experts and health organizations agree that getting enough omega-3 fatty acids is important, there actually isn’t an established FDA reference daily intake, or RDI. That said, the consensus for most adults is to aim for 250 to 500 mg of DHA and EPA. (3)
Again, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s even more crucial that you try to meet these levels of DHA. (95% of pregnant women in the United States are not getting their recommended daily intake of DHA.)* (4,5)