docosahexaenoic acid


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do·co·sa·hex·a·e·no·ic acid

 (dō′kō-sə-hĕk′sə-ĭ-nō′ĭk)
n. Abbr. DHA
An omega-3 fatty acid, C22H32O2, found in cold-water fish and in certain algae.

[docosa-, twenty-two, from its twenty-two carbon atoms (do- from Greek dō-, two, as in dōdeka, twelve; see dodecagon + Greek eikosi, twenty; see wīkm̥tī- in Indo-European roots) + -hexaene, having six double bonds (hexa- + -ene) + -oic.]
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Noun1.docosahexaenoic acid - an omega-3 fatty acid with 22 carbon atoms; found in fish (especially tuna and bluefish)
omega-3, omega-3 fatty acid - a polyunsaturated fatty acid whose carbon chain has its first double valence bond three carbons from the beginning
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Is docosahexaenoic acid, an n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, required for development of normal brain function?
The study also revealed that concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) of the Omega-3 series -main component of brain cell membranes- depend on maternal and offspring genotypes.
PreNexa prenatal vitamins are now available in a new formulation with a higher dose of plant-based docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and vitamin [D.
Dose-Dependent Effects of Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation on Blood Lipids in Statin-Treated Hyperlipidaemic Subjects," Lipids 42(2), 109-115 (2007).
There has been considerable interest in the role that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) might play in neurodevelopment, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid.
And they rejected a series of child health claims for foods containing the additives docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), including that they help vision, mental development, calming and serenity to children.
They also suggested that healthy people consume the equivalent of 500 mg per day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)--equal to around two fatty fish (such as salmon) meals per week.
Leading experts are recommending docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as a key omega-3 fatty acid for prenatal development.
Half took three grams a day of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid; the other half got olive oil as a placebo.
In a study that is good news for endangered fish stocks, a team in The Netherlands have found that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation does not improve cognitive performance in the elderly.
Since docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) helps support brain and eye development, it's only natural that Parsippany, N.
Health benefits would be greatest from oily fish such as salmon, herring, or sardines; these have larger quantities of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid.