What does myelin do?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The cover over nerve fibers called myelin ensures that impulses move quickly and correctly from one nerve cell to another. Myelin is made up of DHA or docosahexaenoic acid. Watch the animation to learn more about myelin and DHA.

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