The Stuff That Makes You
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
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.
Fact : More than 60% of your
brain is fat!
Fact : The main fat of the brain
Fact :DHA stands for
docosahexaenoic acid-the longest of the long chain
Fact : DHA has been know to
affect intelligence, memory and mental performance