Category Archives: Arachidonic Acid

Long Chain Fats Regulate Inflammation

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Dietary Fats That Regulate Inflammation

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Why Do The Essential Fatty Acids Prevent Insulin Resistance?

There are two essential fatty acids in human nutrition and both are polyunsaturated fats formed in plants. Alpha linolenic (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) is fatty acid belonging to the omega 3 family of fatty acid and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) … Continue reading

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Docosanoids: A Newly Discovered Group of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

Oxidative stress and inflammation are a major driver of cell dysfunction and can cause chronic disease. Inflammation and oxidative stress are now thought to contribute significantly to brain diseases and cognitive degeneration. In particular, oxidative stress can disrupt cellular signalling … Continue reading

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Alcohol Alters Eicosanoid Metabolism

Alcohol is known to have health benefits in humans. Consuming alcoholic beverages may provide some health benefits because of the phytochemicals within the drinks. These phytochemicals are derived from the fruits used to make the drinks. For example, cider contains … Continue reading

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Fatty acid profiles in normal and obese individuals

Deficiency of the essential fatty acids can occur with the feeding of high glucose enteral or parenteral nutrition in as little as two weeks. This is because of the absence of dietary essential fatty acid precursors as well as the … Continue reading

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Essential Fats, Breast Feeding and Infant Brain Development

A group of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are known to be important to human health. Two such fats, alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) are essential to health as they are required for … Continue reading

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Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Lower Inflammation: Don’t Forget The Vitamin E

Chronic low grade inflammation is now thought to be involved in the aetiology of a number of diseases, most notably metabolic syndrome, obesity and cardiovascular disease. The association of inflammation with all three of these conditions is not surprising as … Continue reading

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The Essential Fatty Acid Pathway

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DHA: Boost Your Brain

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) is a long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid found in cold water fatty fish such as trout, tuna, mackerel, salmon and sardines. These fish bioaccumulate DHA from marine algae that are able to synthesise the fatty … Continue reading

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