The role of the ω-3 fatty acid DHA in the human life cycle.

@article{Carlson2013TheRO,
  title={The role of the ω-3 fatty acid DHA in the human life cycle.},
  author={Sarah J. Carlson and Erica M. Fallon and Brian T. Kalish and Kathleen M. Gura and Mark Puder},
  journal={JPEN. Journal of parenteral and enteral nutrition},
  year={2013},
  volume={37 1},
  pages={15-22}
}
Dietary consumption of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (LA; ω-6) and α-linolenic acid (ALA; ω-3) is necessary for human growth and development. In the past 150 years, the average Western diet has changed dramatically such that humans today consume a much higher proportion of ω-6 fatty acids relative to ω-3 fatty acids than ever before. The importance of ω-3 fatty acids in human development has been well established in fetal and neonatal development, with brain and retinal tissues highly… CONTINUE READING