Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain

  title={Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain},
  author={Meharban Singh},
  journal={The Indian Journal of Pediatrics},
  • Meharban Singh
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Medicine
  • The Indian Journal of Pediatrics
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… 
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