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What is DDDA?

DDDA as Metabolyte™
July 11, 2023

When thinking of dodecanedioic acid (DDDA), it’s best to begin with fat. Fats are made up of carbon atoms from 2 – 28 (also known as C2 – C28). Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) contain glycerol and medium chain fatty acids, typically categorized as C6, C8, C10 and C12. C12 is also known as lauric acid. The presence of two carboxylic acids (COOH) at the two terminal of the C12 molecule, instead of one COOH, such as in lauric acid, defines a DDDA –i.e. a dicarboxylic acid that Compound Solutions is pioneering in dietary supplements as patent-pending Metabolyte™.

Metabolyte™ is like “supercharged MCT.”

DDDA (as Metabolyte™) is not a protein, carbohydrate, fat, or even a ketone. It’s a “fifth macronutrient” – a dicarboxylic acid. DDDA contains approximately seven calories per gram, so its calorie content fits between a typical carbohydrate (~four calories/gram) and a fat (~nine calories/gram). This means DDDA is relatively energy dense, but without the downsides of higher-calorie foods.

While MCTs like with C6, C8, C10 and C12 are metabolized in the liver, dicarboxylic acids (“dicarbs”) are metabolized immediately as energy by multiple organs (i.e. muscle, brain, liver,…). The fact that DDDA bypasses liver metabolism to be consumed immediately as energy makes Metabolyte™ one of the most unique and healthy compounds for humans.


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