Foods High in Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

Foods High in Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega 3 fatty acid primarily responsible for the healthy development of the brain, skin, and retina. Further, some studies show cognitive benefits from DHA in older adults, improving memory and learning.

DHA is found primarily in fish and seafood. It can also be created by the body using alpha-linolenic acids (ALAs). Since DHA is important for cognitive development, it is also found in breast milk. This is true even if the mother does not consume fish or any animal products, as DHA is made from ALAs which are found in plants.

Foods high in DHA include salmon, tuna, canned tuna, trout, mussels, oysters, cod, fish eggs, pickled herring, clams, and snow crab. Pregnant women should avoid mackerel, swordfish, and striped bass due to their potential mercury content. All other sources should be considered safe and healthy as long as they are fresh and well prepared.

For more foods high in DHA see the list of 200 foods high in DHA fats, and the list of foods high in omega 3 fats.

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List of Foods Highest in DHA

Salmon Fillets1 Fish (Salmon)
  • 2477mg DHA per 6oz fillet
  • 1415mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 1457mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
-637mg DHA per 3oz of canned salmon

Nutrition Facts for Farmed Atlantic Salmon.
Tuna Fillet2 Tuna
  • 1940mg DHA in a 6oz fillet
  • 1240mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 1141mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
-535mg DHA per 3oz of canned tuna

Nutrition Facts for Bluefin Tuna (Cooked).
Trout Fish3 Trout
  • 744mg DHA per fillet
  • 693mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 520mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Mussels4 Mussels
  • 430mg DHA per 3oz
  • 588mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 506mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Oysters on a plate5 Oysters
  • 425mg DHA per 3oz serving
  • 613mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 500mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
A cod fillet6 Atlantic Cod
  • 277mg DHA per 6oz fillet
  • 293mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 154mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Salmon Roe7 Fish Roe (Ikura, Caviar)
  • 191mg DHA per tblsp
  • 1906mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 1363mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Herring8 Pickled Herring
  • 155mg DHA per oz
  • 417mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 546mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
Clams9 Clams
  • 124mg DHA per 3oz serving
  • 197mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 146mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)
A crab claw10 Snow Crab (Queen Crab)
  • 123mg DHA per 3oz
  • 252mg per 200 calorie serving
  • 145mg per 100 grams (3.5 oz)

See All 200 Foods High in Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

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Data Sources and References

  1. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28.