Nervonic acid (IUPAC
name cis-15-Tetracosenoic acid
is a monounsaturated Ω-9 fatty acid with the molecular formula C24
. It is prevalent in rapeseed, wallflower seed, and
, making up 40 to 50 percent of their oils.
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 (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).