DHEA

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Introduction

Docosahexaenoylethanolamine is an Endocannabinoid that is synthesized from docosahexaenoic acid / DHA, the major omega-3 fatty acid in the brain.

Chemical Name

Docosahexaenoylethanolamine

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Literature Discussion

obesity

endocannabinoids are derived from Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) with Anandamide and 2AG coming from Ω-6 PUFAs and EPA and DHA coming from Ω-3 PUFAs. The typical Western diet is low on PUFAs and has a low Ω-3/Ω-6 ratio. Shifting the balance to a higher Ω-3 content leads to weight loss, presumably through differential activation of the endocannabinoidsystem (Watkins and Kim, 2014).

References:

Watkins, B.A., and Kim, J. (2014). The endocannabinoid system: directing eating behavior and macronutrient metabolism. Front. Psychol. 5, 1506.

Synthetic Pathways

DHEA is synthesized from DHA, the most abundant Ω-3 Fatty Acid in the brain.