Table 3: Median (25th, 75th quartile) fatty acid concentrations of plasma phospholipids (PL) (weight%) in colorectal cancer patients separated by low and high dietary daily intake (<0.82 and 0.82+ g/day) ( )a.

Fatty acids in plasma PL
(weight%)
Subjects with dietary EPA + DHA intake <0.82 g/day ( )Subjects with dietary EPA + DHA intake 0.82+ g/day ( ) value

18:2 -6 (LA)21.1 (18.4, 23.6)19.5 (17.3, 21.4)0.12
20:4 -6 (AA)9.4 (7.8, 10.4)8.9 (7.9, 11.3)0.96
Sum LA + AA31.3 (28.7, 32.5)29.1 (27.5, 31.1)0.05
20:5 -3 (EPA)1.2 (1.0, 1.6)1.6 (1.1, 2.3)0.06
22:6 -3 (DHA)5.1 (4.4, 6.3)6.3 (5.5, 7.6)0.004
Sum 6.4 (5.6, 7.7)7.8 (6.8, 9.6)0.006
Ratio AA/EPA7.7 (5.7, 9.6)5.5 (4.1, 8.0)0.05
Ratio -3/ -6 fatty acids0.21 (0.18, 0.27)0.27 (0.23, 0.35)0.006

aAbbreviations are as follows: AA: arachidonic acid; DHA: docosahexaenoic acid; EPA: eicosapentaenoic acid; LA: linoleic acid; PL: phospholipids.