Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)   



Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

 
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Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is truly unique. It is the longest of the long chain fatty acids that is found in nature. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid. 1bis means that it has a long carbon backbone and a double bond assigned to the third carbon.

The structure of Omega 3s is unique. Your body cannot make it. In fact, no animal species makes it. It can only be made by some land plants and many varieties of sea  algae. Contrary to popular belief, fish cannot make DHA. They feed the ocean algae at the base of the marine food chain and merely concentrate it in their bodies.

DHA is an extremely complex molecule. DHA has 22 carbons and 6 double bonds. This makes it highly flexible despite its length. The structure renders easy re-alignment. The double bonds make it functionally able to conduct electrical messages throughout the body.

This is unlike the saturated fatty acid structure like most animal fats.

Electrical ActivityThe most unique thing is that DHA is concentrated in parts of the body that need high electrical conductivity. Thus, DHA is found largely concentrated in the central nervous system - mostly in the brain. In fact, it is the most common structural fat of the human brain. The many double bonds also allow it to absorb free radicals. Thus, high amounts of DHA in the brain may also delay free radical damage and the aging process.

The source of the DHA is either from microalgae or tuna fish oil. 

DHA fact

Fact : More than 60% of your brain is fat!

Fact : The main fat of the brain is DHA

Fact :DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid-the longest of the long chain fatty acids

Fact : DHA has been know to affect intelligence, memory and mental performance

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Evelyn



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