Dietary inclusion of salmon, herring and pompano as oily fish reduces CVD risk markers in dyslipidaemic middle-aged and elderly Chinese women

Br J Nutr. 2012 Oct 28;108(8):1455-65. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511006866. Epub 2012 Jan 6.


Dietary intervention studies to assess the cardioprotective effects of oily fish are scarce in China. The present study aimed to examine the effects of the oily fish, Norwegian salmon, herring and local farmed pompano (Trachinotus ovatus) on CVD risk markers when included in the Chinese diet. In this 8-week, parallel-arm, randomised intervention study, 126 Chinese women with hypertriacylglycerolaemia, aged 35-70 years, were assigned to four groups to consume an experimental lunch containing 80 g fillets of either one of three oily fish or a mix of commonly eaten meats (pork/chicken/beef/lean fish) for 5 d/week. The results showed that inclusion of the three oily fish significantly increased the intake of n-3 long-chain PUFA (LC-PUFA) while decreasing the dietary n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio. Compared to the control group, significant increases of DHA, EPA+DHA and total n-3 PUFA in plasma choline phosphoglyceride were observed in the three oily fish groups. Plasma TAG levels were significantly reduced only in the salmon and herring groups. When compared to the baseline level, the three oily fish diets significantly decreased serum concentrations of TAG, apoB, apoCII and apoCIII, but only the salmon and herring diets significantly lowered TNF-α and raised adiponectin levels in serum. The salmon diet additionally decreased the serum concentration of IL-6. To conclude, dietary inclusion of salmon, herring and pompano as oily fish can effectively increase serum n-3 LC-PUFA content and are associated with favourable biochemical changes in dyslipidaemic middle-aged and elderly Chinese women, and these beneficial effects are mainly associated with n-3 LC-PUFA contents.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiponectin / blood
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Apolipoproteins / blood
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / blood
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • China
  • Diet*
  • Dietary Fats / blood
  • Dietary Fats / pharmacology
  • Dietary Fats / therapeutic use*
  • Dyslipidemias / blood
  • Dyslipidemias / diet therapy*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / blood
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / pharmacology
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Fish Oils / blood
  • Fish Oils / pharmacology
  • Fish Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Fishes*
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-6 / blood
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Meat
  • Middle Aged
  • Phosphatidylcholines / chemistry
  • Risk Factors
  • Salmon
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / blood


  • Adiponectin
  • Apolipoproteins
  • Biomarkers
  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Fish Oils
  • Interleukin-6
  • Lipids
  • Phosphatidylcholines
  • Triglycerides
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha