The role and potential of sialic acid in human nutrition

  title={The role and potential of sialic acid in human nutrition},
  author={Bing Wang and JC Brand-Miller},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Nutrition},
Sialic acids are a family of nine-carbon acidic monosaccharides that occur naturally at the end of sugar chains attached to the surfaces of cells and soluble proteins. In the human body, the highest concentration of sialic acid (as N-acetylneuraminic acid) occurs in the brain where it participates as an integral part of ganglioside structure in synaptogenesis and neural transmission. Human milk also contains a high concentration of sialic acid attached to the terminal end of free… CONTINUE READING
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