DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3, long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid derivaitive and is a primary building block of the human brain tissue and eye tissue. The human brain is about 60% fat, and DHA is one of the functional structural fatty acids in the brain and the retina. Approximately 30% of the structural lipid in the gray matter of the brain is DHA. DHA is required for the proper functioning of the neural systems. DHA is vital for normal brain development of the fetus and infant and for the maintenance of normal brain function throughout life.
DHA is the building block of human brain tissue. It is important for pregnant or nursing women, because babies initially received it through the placenta and from breast milk.
It is essential that children and adults alike have adequate levels of DHA. Research has shown that low levels of DHA are correlated to changes in disposition, memory loss, and visual and other neurological conditions.
A 22-chain long chain carbon molecule.
DHA only occurs naturally in foods, such as fatty fish,organ meat and eggs.
Deficiency Signs or Symptoms:
Low levels of DHA result in reduction of brain serotonin levels and have been associated with ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and depression, among other diseases, and there is evidence that DHA may be effective in combating such diseases.
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