Myristic Acid (MA)

Myristic acid, a saturated fatty acid with a 14-carbon chain, is found in various animal fats, dairy products, and some plant oils. It plays a role in various biological processes but is also noted for its influence on increasing cholesterol levels when consumed in large amounts....

Myristic Acid (MA)

What is myristic acid (MA)?

Myristic acid is a type of saturated fatty acid characterized by a 14-carbon chain. It is commonly found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, butter, and nutmeg, as well as in animal fats. Myristic acid is a component of various fats and oils and is used by the body in energy metabolism and as a building block for more complex molecules.

Who would benefit from monitoring myristic acid intake?

  • Individuals with or at risk of cardiovascular disease, as myristic acid can raise blood cholesterol levels.
  • People managing their dietary fat intake for weight control or metabolic health.
  • Those seeking to balance their intake of various types of fatty acids for overall health.

What is the role of myristic acid in the body?

In the body, myristic acid is involved in the formation of complex lipids, including triglycerides and phospholipids. It is also a component of myelin, which insulates nerve fibers. While it is a source of energy, its excessive intake is associated with increased levels of serum cholesterol, making it a dietary concern for heart health.

What are the symptoms of excessive myristic acid intake?

Excessive intake of myristic acid does not lead to immediate symptoms, but over time it can contribute to:

  • Elevated levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Increased risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Potential contribution to weight gain if consumed in excess as part of a high-fat diet.

Test(s) that measure/test for Myristic Acid (MA)

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