Palmitic Acid: Occurrence, Biochemistry and Health Effects


Lucas F. Porto (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: SCI007000

Fatty acids have traditionally been described as artery clogging species that is detrimental to overall health. The most prevalent fatty acid is palmitic acid (PA), a sixteen carbon chain fatty acid that is ubiquitous in biological systems. PA is prevalent in most eukaryotic cell membranes and in the mitochondria derived from the Krebs’ cycle utilizing acetyl-coenzyme A as its precursor.

PA is found in a variety of plants with high amounts in coconut oil. Many cosmetics, shampoos, and commercialized beauty products contain PA providing structure and substance to the gel or reagent. This book discusses the occurrence, biochemistry, and health effects of palmitic acid. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Fatty Acids in Vascular Health (pp. 1-16)
Reggie Hui-Chao Lee, Carl S. Wilkins, Alexandre Couto e Silva, Stephen E. Valido, Celeste Yin-Chieh Wu and Hung Wen Lin (Cerebral Vascular Disease Laboratories, Department of Neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 2 – Occurrence, Biochemical, Antimicrobial and Health Effects of Palmitic Acid (pp. 17-44)
Melissa Johnson and Daniel A. Abugri (Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL, USA, and others)

Chapter 3 – Palmitic Acid: Effect of Diet Supplementation and Occurrence in Animal Origin Food (pp. 45-62)
P. G. Peiretti (Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italian National Research Council, Grugliasco, Italy)

Chapter 4 – General Aspects of Palmitic Acid (pp. 63-104)
Deusdélia Teixeira de Almeida, Mariana Melo Costa and Sabrina Feitosa (Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil)

Chapter 5 – Palmitic Acid As a Cardiometabolic Risk Factor (pp. 105-124)
Danijela Ristić-Medić and Vesna Vučić (Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)

Chapter 6 – Palmitic Acid in Higher Plant Lipids (pp. 125-144)
R.A. Sidorov, A.V. Zhukov, V.P. Pchelkin and V.D. Tsydendambaev (Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism, K.A.Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 7 – Palmitic Acid in Infant Nutrition (pp. 145-158)
Fabiana Bar-Yoseph, Yael Lifshitz, Tzafra Cohen and Ita Litmanovitz (Enzymotec Ltd., Israel, and others)
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Chapter 8 – Processing of Palmitic Acid and Its Derivatives Using Supercritical Fluids (pp. 159-210)
C. E. Schwarz (Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa)

Chapter 9 – Palmitic Acid in Tunisian Olive Oil: Updating and Perspective (pp. 211-218)
Ghayth Rigane and Ridha Ben Salem (Laboratoire de Chimie Organique-Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Département de Chimie, Sfax, Université de Sfax, Tunisie, and others)



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