Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain

@article{Singh2005EssentialFA,
  title={Essential fatty acids, DHA and human brain},
  author={Meharban Singh},
  journal={The Indian Journal of Pediatrics},
  year={2005},
  volume={72},
  pages={239-242}
}
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… Expand
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