Table 1.

Changes in rat WAT fatty acid composition induced by either α-linolenic acid or DHA supplementation (16, 19)

Fatty acids (mol%)α-Linolenic acid
DHA
Control (n = 12)Supplemented (n = 14)Control (n = 7)Supplemented (n = 6)
Saturates
    16:015.217.322.920.8
    18:02.72.92.83.4
    Total*19.421.82728.9
Monounsaturates
    c-18:1ω956.948.352.743.8
    Total62.454.757.948.9
ω6 PUFA
    18:2ω613.913.412.211.1
    Total§14.413.712.711.3
ω3 PUFA
    18:3ω31.36.90.60.8
    22:6ω30.10.10.18.2
    Total1.47.00.79.3
Ratio
    ω6/ω310.31.918.11.2
  • * Including: 14:0, 15:0, 17:0, 20:0, 21:0, 22:0, 23:0, and 24:0.

  • Within diet, significantly different from control values (P < 0.05).

  • Including: 14:1, 15:1, 16:1, 17:1, c-18:1ω7, and 20:1.

  • § Including: 18:3ω6, 20:2ω6, 20:3ω6, and 20:4ω6.

  • Including: 20:3ω3, 20:5ω3, 22:5ω3, and 22:6ω3.