Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain: metabolism and neuroprotection.

  title={Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain: metabolism and neuroprotection.},
  author={Wenting Zhang and Peiying Li and Xiaoming Hu and Feng Zhang and Jun Chen and Yanqin Gao},
  journal={Frontiers in bioscience},
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) are a group of essential fatty acids that serve as energy substrates and integral membrane components, and therefore play crucial roles in the maintenance of normal neurological function. Recent studies show that n-3 PUFAs display neuroprotective properties and exert beneficial effects on the cognitive function with aging. The brain's need of n-3 PUFAs is predominantly met by the blood delivery due to their limited synthesis in the brain. The… CONTINUE READING
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