docosahexaenoic acid

do·​co·​sa·​hex·​a·​e·​no·​ic acid | \ ˌdō-kō-sə-ˌhek-sə-ˌē-ˈnō-ik- How to pronounce docosahexaenoic acid (audio) \

Definition of docosahexaenoic acid

: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters abbreviation DHA

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Recent Examples on the Web In the human body, ALA can be converted to two other omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "The Health Benefits of Chia Seed Water, According to a Registered Dietitian," 26 Nov. 2019 There are three types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The One Nutrient You Probably Aren't Getting Enough Of, According to a Nutritionist," 15 Apr. 2019 The key components of fish oil, two polyunsaturated fatty acids called eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, are designed to be in the membranes of cells all throughout the body. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Fish Oil: Hunting for Evidence to Tip the Scales," 2 Jan. 2019 These two omega-3s are EPA, which stands for eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, which stands for docosahexaenoic acid. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 The better known is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), said to benefit brain structure and function and found in infant formula, baby food and prenatal vitamins. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 Salmon contains a crucial compound called docosahexaenoic acid that helps maintain the central nervous system, not to mention all of the boosts this fish gives your heart and metabolism. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018 The ingestion of red ochre, suggests Duarte, combined with consumption of seafood, boosted early humans’ supply of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and iodine as well as, potentially, iron and other nutrients essential for brain development. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Pigment of Our Imagination," 23 Mar. 2018 Second, fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which seems to have an important role to play in your neurons’ (brain and nerve cells) normal functions. Episcopal Retirement Services,, "4 Brain-Enhancing Foods That Could Help Prevent Memory Loss," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of docosahexaenoic acid

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for docosahexaenoic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary docosanoic acid (a crystalline fatty acid) + hexa- + -ene + -oic

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“Docosahexaenoic acid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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: an omega-3 fatty acid C22H32O2 found especially in fish of cold waters abbreviation DHA

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