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Table 4 Effects of different ratios of n-6:n-3 PUFA in the sow diet on the fatty acid composition of colostrum

From: Effects of dietary ratio of n-6 to n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on immunoglobulins, cytokines, fatty acid composition, and performance of lactating sows and suckling piglets

Item Dietary n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio SEM P
  3:1 9:1 13:1   
Fatty acid composition (mg/g)
C14:0 0.51 0.52 0.41 0.10 0.71
C16:0 6.99 7.46 6.46 0.94 0.76
C18:0 1.99 2.02 1.65 0.53 0.86
SFA 9.50 9.99 8.51 1.42 0.76
C16:1n-7 0.71 0.72 0.63 0.17 0.92
C18:1n-9 8.72 9.74 9.12 1.06 0.79
C18:1n-7 0.65 0.73 0.66 0.08 0.72
MUFA 10.08 11.20 10.40 1.20 0.80
C18:2n-6 10.89 11.43 11.90 1.32 0.87
C20:4n-6 0.33 0.32 0.35 0.17 0.95
N-6 PUFA 11.23 11.75 12.25 1.52 0.89
C18:3n-3 1.75a 1.03b 0.88b 0.14 < 0.01
C20:5n-3 0.06 0.05 0.04 0.01 0.32
C22:6n-3 0.05 0.04 0.04 0.01 0.72
N-3 PUFA 1.85a 1.12b 0.95b 0.16 < 0.01
Ratio of n6:n3 PUFA 5.93a 10.56b 13.84b 1.22 < 0.01
  1. *Within a row, treatments with unlike superscripts are different (P < 0.05).