Responses of LDL and HDL particle size and distribution to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and aerobic exercise.
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the independent and combined effects of aerobic exercise and omega-3 fatty acid (n-3fa) supplementation on lipid and lipoproteins. Sedentary, normoglycemic, nonsmoking men (n = 11) were assigned to perform rest and exercise before and during n-3fa supplementation. Exercise consisted of 3 consecutive days of treadmill walking at 65% maximum O(2) consumption for 60 min. Supplementation consisted of 42 days of 4.55 g/day of n-3fa. A two-way factorial ANOVA with repeated measures revealed significant reductions in total cholesterol (P = 0.001, -9.2%) and triglyceride (P = 0.007, -32.4%) concentrations postexercise. In addition, exercise increased LDL peak particle size (P = 0.001) from 26.2 to 26.4 nm, but not HDL size. The n-3fa supplementation resulted in a significant shift in the distribution of HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) carried by HDL(2b+2a) (P = 0.001, 14.2%) and HDL(3a+3b) (P = 0.001, -22.8%), despite no significant changes in lipid and lipoprotein-cholesterol concentrations. The majority of the shift in HDL-C was noted in HDL(2b) (P = 0.001, 20.9%) and HDL(3a) (P < 0.001, -31.0%) particles. There were no combined effects of exercise and n-3fa supplementation on lipids and lipoproteins. Three consecutive days of aerobic exercise reduced triglyceride and total cholesterol concentrations with a concomitant increase in LDL peak particle size. In contrast, n-3fa supplementation shifted HDL-C from HDL(3) particles to HDL(2) particles, despite no significant changes in HDL(2)-C and HDL(3)-C concentrations. Exercise and n-3fa supplementation do not synergistically improve serum lipids and lipoproteins, but rather independently affect the metabolism of lipids and lipoproteins.
Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA. email@example.com,
Fatty Acids, Omega-3
Pub Type(s)Journal Article