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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA) for brain function

Highly unsaturated fatty acids have also been researched in regard to eye and brain function. 20% of the dry weight of a normally functioning brain and 30% of the retina in the eye are composed of HUFA’s not EFA’s. A nutritionally complete diet that includes a combination of certain fatty acids can play a vital role in the development of vision, co-ordination, learning ability, memory and concentration. So it is vital to get sufficient essential fatty acids from the diet to meet the body’s requirements.
This is becoming much harder in the modern world with the result that the body often must try to manufacture HUFA’s from essential fatty acids, a process that can be easily blocked by dietary and lifestyle factors including malnutrition which includes a deficient level of omega 3 essential fatty acids, a common condition.


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