Author/Editor     Fidler, Nataša; Koletzko, Berthold
Title     The fatty acid composition of human colostrum
Type     članek
Source     Eur J Nutr Print
Vol. and No.     Letnik 39
Publication year     2000
Volume     str. 31-7
ISSN     1436-6207
Language     eng
Abstract     Summary We reviewed 15 studies reporting on the fatty acid composition of colostrum lipids from 16 geographic regions: 11 European studies and one study each from Central America, the Caribbean, Australia and Asia. The contents of essential fatty acids, saturates and polyunsaturates were similar in the southern European countries Spain, Slovenia and France. Colostrum of St. Lucian women was high in saturates and low in oleic acid, reflecting a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Abundant fish intake was reflected in high contents of docosahexaenoic acid and total n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in St. Lucia. Two French studies published with an interval of two years showed a very similar colostrum fatty acid composition, whereas two German studies obtained with an interval of 14 years showed higher docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid contents in the later study, with an unchanged n-6/n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid ratio. Studies from Spain reported a decline of alpha-linolenic acid in colostrum over a time period of 13 years. Colostrum of Australian women contained the lowest polyunsaturated/saturated and n-6/n-3 longchain polyunsaturated fatty acids ratios (0.28 and 1.58) and the lowest contents of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids (7.8 and 0.4 wt.%). In contrast, the contents of docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and total n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (0.6, 0.4 and 1.4 wt.%) were higher in Australian than in European samples. Fatty acid composition of human colostrum appears to be markedly influenced by geographic differences in maternal dietary composition.
Descriptors     COLOSTRUM
FATTY ACIDS, UNSATURATED
DIETARY FATS
CHROMATOGRAPHY, GAS
LINOLENIC ACIDS
HEXANOIC ACIDS
8,11,14-EICOSATRIENOIC ACID
OCTANOIC ACIDS