Dietary combination effects of conjugated linoleic acid and flaxseed or fish oil on the concentration of linoleic and arachidonic acid in poultry meat

Poult Sci. 2011 Jun;90(6):1340-7. doi: 10.3382/ps.2010-01167.


This study was conducted to determine the effects of the combination of dietary conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and n-3 fatty acids on the linoleic acid (C18:2n-6) and arachidonic acid (C20:4n-6) concentrations of broiler chicken breast and thigh muscles. One hundred and twenty broilers were raised to 6 wk of age. All chicks were fed a basal corn-soybean meal diet containing 5 different fat sources at an inclusion level of 2% total fat: 1) CLA, 2) flaxseed oil, 3) menhaden fish oil, 4) CLA and flaxseed oil, and 5) CLA and menhaden fish oil. Eight broilers from each treatment were processed at 4 and 6 wk of age. Breast and thigh muscle samples were collected and analyzed for total fat content and fatty acid composition. The results showed that broilers from the CLA and fish oil treatment had lower arachidonic acid concentrations in both breast and thigh muscles than those fed the flaxseed oil diet or the CLA and flaxseed oil diet (P < 0.05). The arachidonic acid concentration and n-6:n-3 ratio of breast and thigh samples from the menhaden fish oil diet were similar to those of the CLA and fish oil diet (P > 0.05), but the inclusion of linoleic acid into chicken thigh muscles of broilers fed the CLA and menhaden fish oil diet improved significantly when compared with that of the diet containing menhaden fish oil only. Thus, the combination of CLA and menhaden fish oil is recommended to reduce the concentrations of linoleic and arachidonic acids in broiler chicken breast and thigh muscles.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed / analysis
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Arachidonic Acids / chemistry*
  • Arachidonic Acids / metabolism
  • Chickens / metabolism
  • Diet / veterinary
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Fish Oils / administration & dosage
  • Fish Oils / pharmacology*
  • Flax*
  • Linoleic Acid / chemistry*
  • Linoleic Acid / metabolism
  • Linoleic Acids, Conjugated / administration & dosage
  • Linoleic Acids, Conjugated / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Meat
  • Muscle, Skeletal / chemistry*


  • Arachidonic Acids
  • Fish Oils
  • Linoleic Acids, Conjugated
  • Linoleic Acid