An omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid or DHA has been making quite the buzz lately. DHA is said to improve cardiovascular health and relieve rheumatoid arthritis. The body cannot manufacture DHA and so you need to get it from dietary sources and supplements. Nutritionist Urvashi Sawhney breaks down the sources of DHA.
Eggs: Eggs naturally contain small amounts of DHA, but the new DHA enriched eggs can contain up to 57mg of DHA.
Fatty fishes: Fatty fishes like salmon mackerel and tuna contain DHA. Salmon has the highest content of DHA in fishes ranging from 2000 to 3000 mg per 6 ounces serving.
Algae: Algae and seaweed are vegetarian sources of DHA that can be used for supplementing the vegetarian or vegan diet.
Legumes: Some legumes like kidney beans and soybeans are also good sources of DHA. They provide more omega-3 nutrients than chickpeas and hummus.
Soy products: Soy milk is naturally rich in ALA, and some soy products are fortified with DHA.
Leafy vegetables: Vegetarians looking for omega-3 fatty acids can find them in leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and collard greens. These vegetables contain alpha-linolenic acid that the body can use to produce EPA.