Are n-3 fatty acids essential nutrients for fetal and infant development?

@article{Nettleton1993AreNF,
  title={Are n-3 fatty acids essential nutrients for fetal and infant development?},
  author={Joyce A. Nettleton},
  journal={Journal of the American Dietetic Association},
  year={1993},
  volume={93 1},
  pages={58-64}
}
Recent research indicates that n-3 fatty acids (FAs) are essential nutrients in early human development. In human infants, nonhuman primates, and animal models, the n-3 FA, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) is highly concentrated in brain and retinal tissues and accumulates during late fetal and early neonatal life. Diets deficient in n-3 FAs are associated with reduced levels of DHA in erythrocytes and brain and retinal tissues and with abnormalities in retinal function that may be… CONTINUE READING

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