Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that has various health benefits. It is most commonly found in fish, but is now available in the form of supplements. Such supplementation may be beneficial for pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants, and people with high cholesterol or heart disease. Side effects that may occur with this product include gas, bruising, nausea, and prolonged bleeding.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. Most comes from marine sources (mainly fatty fish and certain algae and plankton). Because many people do not eat much fish -- and since omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid, are recommended as part of a heart-healthy diet -- these supplements have become popular in recent years.
Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation may be useful for people with high cholesterol, heart disease, and numerous other conditions. It may also be beneficial for pregnant and breastfeeding women and in infant formula.
(Click Docosahexaenoic Acid Benefits for more information on what this product is used for.)
Docosahexaenoic acid can cause several side effects, such as:
- Prolonged bleeding.
(Click Side Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)