Stearidonic acid as a 'pro-eicosapentaenoic acid'

William S. Harris

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-34
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in lipidology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012


  • dietary fatty acids
  • eicosapentaenoic acid
  • erythrocyte
  • stearidonic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cell Biology


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