Myristic acid health benefit - uses of
this saturated fatty acid
A 14-carbon, straight-chain saturated fatty acid, review of research studies
Myristic acid is used in the food industry as a flavoring agent. Myristic acid is found widely distributed in fats throughout the plant and animal kingdom, including common human foodstuffs, such as nutmeg. Many Americans consume very little myristic acid because this fatty acid is found by coconut oil and dairy fats and most people don't eat coconuts on a regular basis and some people avoid dairy foods. Myristic acid is an important fatty acid, which the body uses to stabilize many different proteins, including proteins used in the immune system.
Saturated fatty acids
Saturated fatty acids in foods are the 16-carbon palmitic acid, the 14-carbon myristic acid and the 12-carbon lauric acid.
Myristic acid research studies
Fatty Acid Composition of Yak (Bos grunniens) Cheese Including Conjugated Linoleic Acid and trans-18:1 Fatty Acids.
J Agric Food Chem. 2008.
The esterified fatty acid composition of cheese from yak ( Bos grunniens), reared in the highlands of the Nepalese Himalayas, was studied using capillary gas-liquid chromatography and compared with that of dairy cow Cheddar cheese purchased in a local market. The yak cheese was collected from Dolakha, Nepal. The yak cheese had a lower myristic acid and palmitic acid content compared to cheddar cheese.
Myristic acid-conjugated polyethylenimine for
brain-targeting delivery: in vivo and ex vivo imaging evaluation.
J Drug Target. 2009. Meng Q, Yu M, Gu B, Li J, Liu Y, Zhan C, Xie C, Zhou J, Lu W. School of Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, P.R. China.
To investigate the potential of myristic acid (MC) to mediate brain delivery of polyethylenimine (PEI) as a gene delivery system, a covalent conjugate (MC-PEI) of MC, and PEI was synthesized. The significant in vivo and ex vivo results suggest that MC-PEI is a promising brain-targeting drug delivery system, especially for gene delivery.