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life’s™ARA (Arachidonic Acid)

ARA is the primary omega-6 fatty acid in the brain, representing about 48% of the omega-6 fats there. It is also naturally found in breast milk and is important for optimal growth and development of the infant brain.
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What is ARA and why it's important for your health

Arachidonic acid (ARA) is a long-chain omega-6 fatty acid. It is the principal omega-6 in the brain, representing about 48% of the omega-6 fats in the brain. ARA is also abundant in other cells throughout the body and is important for proper brain growth and development in infants. It is also a precursor to a group of hormone-like substances called eicosanoids that play a role in immunity, blood clotting and other vital functions in the body.
A balanced diet will supply healthy levels of ARA through foods such as meat, eggs and milk. It also naturally occurs in breast milk and is important for the growth and development of the infant brain.

Production of life's™ARA

DSM manufactures ARA oil from the fungus Mortierella alpina. life's™ARA oil is processed according to strict U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (food) regulations. Extensive analysis is continually performed in-house as well as by an outside contractor to ensure the purity and quality of the products. Derived from a source that is not genetically modified, life's™ARA is both Kosher and Halal.