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What makes DHA different from other fatty acids?

 


A. DHA is indeed unique. It has twenty-two carbon atoms and six double bonds, making it the most unsaturated fatty acid available in the diet. It is also an omega-3 fatty acid, which just means that its first double bond occurs after the third carbon atom.

The technical descriptions are important only for a detailed, biochemical understanding of how DHA works. We need only appreciate that its numerous atoms and double bonds allow it to twist and turn in ways no other fatty acid can. These features make it uniquely suitable for special roles in cells that no other fatty acid can play. For instance, its presence in the brain, synapses, eyes, and mitochondria are vital to their healthy functioning.


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