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Table 2 Levels of selected PUFAs as % weight of total serum phospholipids, in total and according to reported intake of n-3 supplements

From: Leukocyte telomere length and serum polyunsaturated fatty acids, dietary habits, cardiovascular risk factors and features of myocardial infarction in elderly patients

 Totaln-3 supplementationp
YesNo
Linoleic acid (LA) 18:2 n-619.00 ± 3.1318.83 ± 3.0219.16 ± 3.220.401
Arachidonic acid (AA) 20:3 n-39.65 ± 2.228.96 ± 1.8910.24 ± 2.32< 0.001
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) 18:3 n-30.23 ± .080.23 ± .080.23 ± .090.242
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 20:5 n-32.74 ± 1.383.20 ± 1.542.34 ± 1.10< 0.001
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)5.71 ± 1.436.31 ± 1.385.21 ± 1.27< 0.001
n-6/n-3 ratio3.64 ± 1.293.10 ± 1.044.09 ± 1.31< 0.001
  1. Mean ± SD are given. p-values are given for difference between n-3 supplementation or not