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Table 5 Effects of different ratios of n-6:n-3 PUFA in the sow diet on the fatty acid composition of milk at d 21 of lactation

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 1.86 2.04 1.93 0.25 0.88
C16:0 17.30 18.39 17.25 2.22 0.92
C18:0 2.77 2.55 2.34 0.30 0.60
SFA 21.94 22.98 21.53 2.66 0.92
C16:1n-7 4.46 4.40 3.64 0.67 0.64
C18:1n-9 15.82a 15.83a 11.89b 1.05 0.03
C18:1n-7 0.92ab 1.04aa 0.62bb 0.10 0.04
MUFA 21.20 21.26 16.16 1.58 0.07
C18:2n-6 12.84 11.60 12.06 1.65 0.87
C20:4n-6 0.24 0.27 0.24 0.03 0.78
N-6 PUFA 13.08 11.87 12.30 1.68 0.88
C18:3n-3 3.97a 1.08b 1.00b 0.58 < 0.01
C20:5n-3 0.07a 0.03b 0.04b 0.01 0.02
C22:6n-3 0.04 0.04 0.04 0.01 0.74
N-3 PUFA 4.08a 1.15b 1.07b 0.58 < 0.01
Ratio of n-6:n-3 PUFA 3.21a 10.33b 11.48c 0.33 < 0.01
  1. *Within a row, treatments with unlike superscripts are different (P < 0.05).