Foods High in Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

Foods High in Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid required for the healthy development of the brain and retina (eyesight). (1,2) Further, some studies show cognitive benefits from DHA in older adults, improving memory and learning. (3)

DHA is found primarily in fish and seafood. (4) It can also be created by the body using alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). (5) Since DHA is important for brain development, it is present in breast milk. (6) This is true even if the mother does not consume fish or any animal products, as DHA is manufactured in the body from ALA, which is found in plant foods.

Foods high in DHA include salmon, tuna, canned tuna, trout, mussels, oysters, cod, fish eggs, pickled herring, clams, and snow crab. (4) 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.


List of Foods Highest in DHA

Salmon Fillets

#1: Fish (Salmon)

4mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 6oz Fillet
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
2477mg1457mg1415mg

637mg DHA per 3oz of canned salmon

Tuna Fillet

#2: Tuna

25mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
in a 6oz Fillet
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
1940mg1141mg1240mg

535mg DHA per 3oz of canned tuna

Trout Fish

#3: Trout

4mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per Fillet
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
744mg520mg693mg
Mussels

#4: Mussels

25mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 3oz
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
430mg506mg588mg
Oysters on a plate

#5: Oysters

25mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 3oz Serving
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
425mg500mg613mg
Oysters are also very high in iron.
A cod fillet

#6: Atlantic Cod

29mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 6oz Fillet
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
277mg154mg293mg
Salmon Roe

#7: Fish Roe (Ikura, Caviar)

84mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per Tblsp
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
191mg1363mg1906mg
Herring

#8: Pickled Herring

7mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per Oz
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
155mg546mg417mg
Clams

#9: Clams

13mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 3oz Serving
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
124mg146mg197mg
A crab claw

#10: Snow Crab (Queen Crab)

61mg Omega 3 per 1mg Omega 6
DHA
per 3oz
DHA
per 100g
DHA
per 200 Calories
123mg145mg252mg

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Data Sources and References

  1. Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
  2. Essential fatty acids in visual and brain development.
  3. Beneficial effects of docosahexaenoic acid on cognition in age-related cognitive decline.
  4. U.S. Agricultural Research Service Food Data Central
  5. Conversion of alpha-linolenic acid to eicosapentaenoic, docosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids in young women.
  6. Docosahexaenoic and arachidonic acid concentrations in human breast milk worldwide

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