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Nervonic Acid


This is one supplement that I found by accident when researching borage seed oil.  Borage oil actually contains a small amount of this special long chain fatty acid.  Nervonic acid is an essential nutrient for the growth and maintenance of the brain. It is highly recommended to pregnant and nursing women and small children but can be beneficial to exercising adults as well.  Nervonic acid is an important ingredient in nervous cell membranes because it is vital in regulating the ion channels and receptors. It plays a part in the biosynthesis of myelin (10) (the white matter insulating the nerves- that allows the conduction of impulses from one part of the body to another).

Nervonic acid can regulate the function of brain cell membranes and have a neuroprotective effect which is important to hard training individuals. Nervonic acid can enhance neuron “firing” thereby increasing mental focus and maybe even muscle contraction (although this is just a theory right now).  So I guess taking nervonic acid may make you less of a “meathead”! Dosages range from 200-300 mg taken in divided doses daily. 



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