Health beneficial effects of docosahexaenoic acid: A marine treasure

Na Young Song, Young Joon Surh

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Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) contain multiple double bonds in the backbone structures, which might be crucial for their biological actions. PUFAs include omega-3 (n-3) and omega-6 (n-6) essential fatty acids that contain the first double bond localized at the third and the sixth carbon from the omega end, respectively. The n-3 and n-6 “essential” fatty acids are required for biological processes, but not spontaneously synthesized in the body (Das, 2006). Thus, the n-3 and n-6 fatty acids must be provided by exogenous sources, principally daily diet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine Biomaterials
Subtitle of host publicationCharacterization, Isolation and Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466505650
ISBN (Print)9781466505643
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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