Effects of Aronia melanocarpa juice on plasma and liver phospholipid fatty acid composition in Wistar rats

Manja Zec 1 , Jasmina Debeljak Martačić 1 , Slavica Ranković 1 , Biljana Pokimica 1 , Mirko Tomić 2 , Đurđica Ignjatović 2 , Maria Glibetić 1  and Tamara Popović 1
  • 1 Center of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade; 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2 Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković“, University of Belgrade; 11000 Belgrade, Serbia


A nutritional placebo-controlled study was performed in Wistar rats in order to investigate the effects of 5-weeks aronia juice consumption towards fatty acid (FA) composition of phospholipids in the plasma and liver, as well as plasma glucose (Glu) and cholesterol levels. The animals were divided into 3 groups of 8 animals each, and randomized to receive either the full polyphenol dose of Aronia melanocarpa juice (AMJ), 4 times less polyphenol dose (¼-AMJ) or polyphenol-lacking placebo beverage (PLB). Each group of 8 male adult Wistar rats received the liquid ad libitum. AMJ decreased the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) (P < 0.05) vs. PLB. AMJ increased dihomo-γ-linoleic acid (DGLA, 20:3n-6) (P < 0.05) and decreased arachidonic acid content (AA, 20:4n-6) (P < 0.05) vs. PLB in liver phospholipids. AMJ significantly increased monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) levels both in the liver (P < 0.05) and plasma (P < 0.05). Both aronia juice doses elevated the levels of beneficial n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the plasma and liver. There was a dose-dependent, significant increase (P < 0.001) in cis-vaccenic acid (VA, 18:1n-7) in phospholipids in the plasma and liver. Our results indicate favorable effects of aronia juice intake on lipid parameters in Wistar rats. These findings suggest the potential of aronia dietary intake in cardiometabolic diseases primary prevention strategies in the human population.

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