Mothers Milk DHA

Consumption of DHA

WRITTEN BY/REVIEWED BY: Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.

Consumption of a DHA-containing functional food during pregnancy is associated with lower infant ponderal index and cord plasma insulin concentration. READ MORE

DHA and the developing central nervous system

WRITTEN BY/REVIEWED BY: INRA, UR909 Unité de Nutrition et Régulation Lipidique des Fonctions Cérébrales (Nurélice), CRJ, F-78352 Jouy-en-Josas cedex, France. philippe.guesnet@jouy.inra.fr

The accretion of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in membranes of the central nervous system is required for the optimum development of retina and brain functions. DHA status is determined by the dietary intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), both the metabolic precursor α-linolenic acid (α-LNA) and DHA. READ MORE

Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain.

WRITTEN BY/REVIEWED BY: Child Care and Dental Health Center, Arun Vihar, Noida, UP, India. meharbans.singh@gsk.com

Essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the body but they are required for maintenance of optimal health. There are two classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)--omega-6 and omega-3. The parent omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid (LA) is desaturated in the body to form arachidonic acid while parent omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is desaturated by microsomal enzyme system through a series of metabolic steps to form eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA). But there is a limited metabolic capability during early life to metabolize PUFAs to more active long-chain fatty acids. READ MORE