The Brain Needs Animal Fat

DHA conducts electricity in the brainWe think of fat as bad—the less of it we eat, and the less of it we carry on our bodies, the better. But this isn’t the right way to think about it. Fat is not just for insulation and energy storage, it’s also for nutrient absorption, cell signaling, immune function and many other critical processes.

Our brains are extremely rich in fat. About 2/3 of the human brain is fat, and a full 20% of that fat is a very special essential omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexanoic acid, or DHA.

In this post I delve into the fascinating world of DHA, a fatty acid that may just be responsible for higher intelligence. Read the full post on Psychology Today.

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