Comparative Uptake in Rats and Man of ω3 and ω6 Fatty Acids

  • Wulf Becker


The tissue uptake and metabolism of the various ω3 and ω6 fatty acids are influenced by a number of factors. Of great importance is the fat content and the fatty acid composition of the diet. Both linoleic and α-linolenic acid are metabolised by the same enzyme system and the affinity for the enzyme system depends upon the degree of unsaturation and chain-length. This means that the ratio of linoleic to α-linolenic acid in the diet, rather than the absolute amount, strongly influences their conversion and incorporation into lipids (Alling et al., 1972, 1974; Becker, 1985). Taking these factors into account, the problems in making relevant comparisons of essential fatty acid (EFA) metabolism within and between species are obvious.


Linoleic Acid Fatty Acid Composition Arachidonic Acid Essential Fatty Acid Tissue Lipid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wulf Becker
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  1. 1.Nutrition LaboratoryNational Food AdministrationUppsalaSweden

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