Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Retina

  • Martha Neuringer
  • William E. Connor


The retina and brain contain exceptionallyy high concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, or 22:6 omega-3).1–3 This fatty acid is a component of the phospholipids, especially phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylserine, which are basic structural constituents of cell membranes. Particularly rich in DHA are specialized neural membrans, such as those of synaptic endings45 and photoreceptor outer segments.6,7


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Neuringer
    • 1
  • William E. Connor
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Clinical Nutrition, Department of MedicineOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Division of NeuroscienceOregon Regional Primate Research CenterBeavertonUSA

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