Blood docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in vegans: Associations with age and gender and effects of an algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement.

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TitleBlood docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in vegans: Associations with age and gender and effects of an algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSarter B, Kelsey KS, Schwartz TA, Harris WS
JournalClinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Volume34
Issue2
Pagination212-8
Date Published2015 Apr
ISSN0261-5614
Abstract

Several studies have demonstrated that vegetarians and vegans have much lower plasma concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids (i.e., docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids) when compared to those who eat fish. The purposes of this study were 1) to define the age and/or sex-specific docosahexaenoic plus eicosapentaenoic acids levels in red blood cell membranes (expressed as a percent of total fatty acids; hereafter the omega-3 index) in long-term vegans, and 2) to determine the effects of a vegetarian omega-3 supplement (254 mg docosahexaenoic plus eicosapentaenoic acids/day for 4 months) on the omega-3 index.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0261-5614(14)00076-4
DOI10.1016/j.clnu.2014.03.003
Short TitleClin Nutr
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