Effect of Alpha-Linolenic acid on retnal function in mammals
Sinclair, Andrew and Abedin, Lavina 2001, Effect of Alpha-Linolenic acid on retnal function in mammals, in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health Effects, American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., Wash., pp.79-90.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chemistry, Nutrition, and Health Effects
ACS symposium series; 788
American Chemical Society
Place of Publication
Washington, D.C., Wash.
The retinal function of several different species is compromised by a dietary deficiency of α-linolenic acid. A review of the literature revealed that diets containing less than O. 1 gIl OOg diet as α-linolenic acid could not sustain retinal docosahexaenoic acid levels over a prolonged period and that such diets were associated with a reduced response of the retina to light. In these studies the median α-linoleinic acid intake of control animals was 1.25g/100g diet. A study on the comparative ability of dietary α-linolenic acid and dietary docosahexaenoic acid to provide for retinal docosahexaenoic acid in the guinea pig found that α-linolenic acid was only approximately 10% as effective as docosahexaenoic acid in this regard.
Field of Research
060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified