ARA Powder 10% is an arachidonic acid consisting of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid. It is an essential fatty acid and is an important structural lipid which enhances physiological activity. ARA Powder 10% can be used in product such as infant food and formula.Arachidonic acid
, sometimes ARA
) is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid 20:4(ω-6). It is structurally related to the saturated arachidic acid found in Cupuaçu butter.
Arachidonic acid is not one of the essential fatty acids. However, it does become essential if there is a deficiency in linoleic acid or if there is an inability to convert linoleic acid to arachidonic acid.
Some mammals lack the ability to, or have a very limited capacity to convert linoleic acid in to arachidonic acid, making it an essential part of their diets. Since little or no arachidonic acid is found in common plants, such animals are obligate carnivores; the cat is a common example having inability to desaturate essential fatty acids .
A commercial source of arachidonic acid has been derived, however, from the fungus Mortierella alpina
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