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Clinical Trial
. 1999 Jan;142(1):159-68.
doi: 10.1016/s0021-9150(98)00233-0.

Comparison of the Effects of Two Low Fat Diets With Different Alpha-Linolenic:linoleic Acid Ratios on Coagulation and Fibrinolysis

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Comparison of the Effects of Two Low Fat Diets With Different Alpha-Linolenic:linoleic Acid Ratios on Coagulation and Fibrinolysis

M A Allman-Farinelli et al. Atherosclerosis. .

Abstract

Fish oils rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been demonstrated to alter coagulation and fibrinolysis variables. This study compared the effects of a traditional cholesterol-lowering diet and a similar diet, which had 50% of the linoleic acid (LA) replaced with the 18 carbon n-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), on selected hemostatic variables. After a 2-week run-in diet with 39.5% total energy (en) from fat, 29 healthy male subjects consumed a 31.5% en fat diet with approximately 7% en from polyunsaturated fat and an ALA:LA ratio of either 1:1.2 (ALA-rich, n=15) or 1:21 (LA-rich, n=14) for 6 weeks. Blood was collected at the beginning, middle and end of test diets for analysis of Factor VIIc and VIIIc, fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor, activated protein C resistance (APC resistance), tissue plasminogen activator and plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 activities and/or protein concentrations and platelet fatty acids. The ALA-rich diet tripled the percentage of platelet EPA, (P < 0.0005) but had little effect on coagulation and fibrinolysis. The APC ratio demonstrated increased anticoagulant activity on the ALA-rich diet (P < 0.001) only. Studies in patients with vascular pathologies are indicated to corroborate the current findings. Greater ratios of ALA:LA, achievable only with greater amounts of polyunsaturated fat, may be necessary to produce the effects demonstrated after feeding fish oils.

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