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Introduction about DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)

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about DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)

Major Functions:

Docosahexaenoic acid (abbreviated as DHA), chemical name shortened to C22:6(N-3), belongs to the family of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. It is a functional fatty acid that cannot be synthesized by human body itself but supplied by consuming foods. DHA is a highly-concentrated fatty acid, which is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, comprising 25-33%.It serves as the primary building block in the gray matter of the brain and retina of the eye.

DHA(Microalgal DHA)'s Function

*DHA is an integral component of the brain and eyes cells, dominating in the brain and visual development of infants. It has great impacts on bodies, like brain activity, fat metabolism, fetus growth, babies intelligence development and immunity system. Therefore, it is known as High-intelligence Facilitator.

*DHA can accelerate the growth of skeleton to prevent osteoporosis. Same time, DHA can reduce the incidence of postpartum depression and neurasthenic.

*In the treatment of myocardial infarction, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, DHA has been proved to have certain curing functions. And it has been successively confirmed both in clinical test and animal feed researching center, that DHA can lower blood total cholesterol, reduce blood viscosity, prevent blood platelet agglomeration, and increase the physiological function of HDL-cholesterol, therefore reducing the probability of occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.

*DHA can enhance immune system, for adult, it can promote the mononuclear cell proliferation in peripheral blood, and prevent the abnormal proliferation of tumor cells.

DHA(Microalgal DHA) 's Applications

1. Infant formula milk powder
    DHA fortified Infant formula milk powder has been launched to the market in many countries. Multinational companies like Dumex, Wyeth,Meadjohnson, name but a few in oversea's market; while in domestic field, a large number of famous milk powder manufacturer has successively listed DHA fortified products with Yili ,Sanlu,Mengniu,Yashili and Nanshan dominating the market on its catalogue , .leading a craze for its application in infant formula foods.

2. Functional beverages
    In beverages, there already presented functional cool drinks and protein riched drinks on the market with DHA added. (Including lactobacillus drinks),and gets Good feedback.

3.Applications in Foods.
    In oversea's market, products like fish tin. Besides, the applications has extended to fish sausages, ham sausage, hamburger, instant pickles, bean curd, egg yolk roll, bread, candies, chewing guns, DHA fortified eggs etc.

In 2000 , 2003,2004,Ministry of Health has successively authorized DHA consumption amount with the reference of GB 2760

Category(code) Nutritional fortifier
( 16.0 )
Nutritional fortifier
( 16.0 )
Nutritional fortifier
( 16.0 )
Implementation date 2000/03 2003/04 2004/04
Name DHA(MicroalgalOil) DHA(MicroalgalOil) DHA(Fish Oil)
Applications Infant formula milk powder Formula milk powder
Formula milk powder
For preschool children
For babies
Maximum consumption
Amount
0.4-1.8(g/kg)
 
0.09-0.15%(Percentage
of the fatty acids )
0.06-0.10(g/kg)