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Current Opinion in Lipidology:
doi: 10.1097/MOL.0b013e32834f0f0c
NUTRITION AND METABOLISM: Edited by Paul Nestel and Ronald P. Mensink

Stearidonic acid as a ‘pro-eicosapentaenoic acid’

Harris, William S.a,b

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Abstract

Purpose of review: ω-3 Fatty acids continue to be promoted as cardioprotective, generating an increased demand for these nutrients. Ocean-based supplies are limited, and so land-based sources are being sought. Stearidonic acid-fortified soybean oil may help to meet this demand.

Recent findings: Stearidonic acid has been shown in animal and human studies to be more effective than its precursor, α-linolenic acid, in enriching membranes with eicosapentaenoic acid. Hence, stearidonic acid can serve as a ‘pro-eicosapentaenoic acid’.

Summary: Stearidonic acid-fortified soybean oil may be able to help close the gap between actual and recommended intakes of ω-3 fatty acids in an environmentally friendly manner.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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