Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 64–69

Marine Macroalgae as Sources of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

  • M. L. COLOMBO
  • P. RISÈ
  • F. GIAVARINI
  • L. DE ANGELIS
  • C. GALLI
  • C. L. BOLIS
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11130-006-0015-7

Cite this article as:
COLOMBO, M.L., RISÈ, P., GIAVARINI, F. et al. Plant Foods Hum Nutr (2006) 61: 64. doi:10.1007/s11130-006-0015-7

Abstract

Algae from cold water (Canada) and warm water (China) were analysed for the total lipid content, and for their fatty acid (FA) composition and content. The major findings are that fatty acids (FA) from Canadian algae are generally richer in polyunsaturated FA (PUFA), with a higher n–3/n–6 FA ratio, and a higher degree of total unsaturation. The C 18:4 FA (stearidonic acid, morotic acid as synonym) was detected in greater amounts in cold water samples. The high levels of total PUFA, and especially of n–3 FA in Canadian algae, suggests possible utilization for nutritional purposes.

Key words:

Fatty acids Lipids Marine macroalgae 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. COLOMBO
    • 1
  • P. RISÈ
    • 2
  • F. GIAVARINI
    • 2
  • L. DE ANGELIS
    • 2
  • C. GALLI
    • 2
  • C. L. BOLIS
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Science and Drug TechnologySchool of PharmacyTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacological SciencesFaculty of PharmacyMilanoItaly

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