More on Fish Oil

William S. Harris, Hans Olaf Bang, Michael H. Davidson, S. A. Reed, Malcolm B. Baird, Jane L. Hough, J. Edward Hunter, John A. Rogans, Artemis P. Simopoulos, Norman Salem, Michael A. Weiner

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To the Editor: In a letter to the Journal (Sept. 25 issue),1 Simopoulos and Salem suggested that terrestrial sources of omega-3 fatty acids might be cultivated to help increase the human intake of this class of fatty acids. They noted that omega-3 fatty acids are relatively concentrated in purslane as compared with other leafy vegetables, such as spinach, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce, and so forth. The omega-3 fatty acid present in land-based plants is linolenic acid (C18:3ω3), the predominant polyunsaturated fatty acid in linseed oil. The implication of their suggestion was that the omega-3 fatty acid linolenic acid would…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-628
Number of pages5
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 5 1987
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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