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European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, ISSN: 2347-5641,Vol.: 6, Issue.: 3 (July-September)

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Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Health Impacts


Mahyara Markievicz Mancio Kus-Yamashita1*, Jorge Mancini Filho2, Brent Mcdonald3, Graziela Ravacci4, Marcelo M. Rogero5, Raul Dias Santos4,Dan Waitzberg4, María Soledad Reyes6, Shlomo Yehuda7, Juergen Gierke8,Hector Cori9, Tatiana Pires10 and Franco Maria Lajolo2
1Adolfo Lutz Institute, Brazil.
2Faculty of Sciences Pharmaceutics, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
3Nutritional Lipids, DSM, Canada.
4Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
5Faculty of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
6University of Chile, Chile.
7Bar Ilan University, Israel.
8Human Nutrition, BASF, Germany.
9Department of Nutrition Science, Latin America at DSM Nutritional Products, Chile.
10Regulatory Affairs at Herbalife, Brazil.

Article Information


(1) Dr. Morten Poulsen, Head of research group, Div. of Toxicology and Risk Assessment, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

(2) Prof. Bernhard Watzl, Head, Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition, Max Rubner-Institute, Karlsruhe, Germany.


In order to encourage discussions on "polyunsaturated fatty acids" and health, the Brazilian branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) promoted the XII International Workshop Series on Foods with Functional Properties and/or Health Claims (28-29 November 2013) which consolidated knowledge, presented scientific advances, and promoted exchange of experiences on "Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Health Impacts". Various topics were addressed at this meeting including: nutritional needs and consumption issues; impact on chronic diseases: cardiovascular diseases and cancer; influence on gene expression; immunological system and inflammation; sources of these fatty acids; benefits during pregnancy and childhood; cost and benefit of supplementation; and regulations (legislation). In general terms, the event presented evidence of the benefit of polyunsaturated fatty acids on cardiovascular diseases, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and infant development, as well as possible influence on gene expression, contributing to their relationship with the immunological system and, therefore, inflammatory processes. The recommendations of consumption and/or supplementation with these fatty acids are specific to particular groups and still require further studies. With respect to regulations in terms of legislation, each country/authority recommends different content properties and/or health claims. The event generated prospects for research fields, development, and regulation of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the scientific community and industries.

Keywords :

Polyunsaturated fatty acids; docosahexaenoic acid; arachidonic acid; eicosapentaenoic acid; benefits of health.

Full Article - PDF    Page 111-131

DOI : 10.9734/EJNFS/2016/23018

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