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What Is cis-Eicosatetraenoic Acid (20:4 c)? What Foods Can I Find It In?

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cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid, 20:4 c, is a straight-chain polyunsaturated cis fatty acid.

It is the cis-isomer of Eicosatetraenoic acid 20:4, and belongs to the family of eicosanoids.

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid is a major component of phosphatidylcholine and is involved in the biosynthesis of prostaglandins.

Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection that are involved in dealing with injury and illness.


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cis-Isomer Of Eicosatetraenoic Acid

20:4 c is the cis-isomer of eicosatetraenoic acid 20:4.

It’s a polyunsaturated fatty acid. (source )

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid is believed to be a product of the enzymatic conversion of arachidonic acid and might be formed by the peroxidase system of conifers.

Benefits Of cis-Eicosatetraenoic Acid

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid is believed to be able to prevent retinal degeneration induced by light injury.

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid can be found in human blood cells and seems to be a potent anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antimetastatic agent.

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid is beneficial for a reduction of vascular risk and also reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

cis-Eicosatetraenoic Acid In Marine Lipids

cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid is mostly found in animal sources and can be found in marine lipids.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids that are contained in marine lipids appear to have a protective effect against coronary heart disease and thrombosis. (source )

But you can also find cis-Eicosatetraenoic acid in plant sources like flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts, oats, spinach, and peanut butter.


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Foods You Can Find cis-Eicosatetraenoic Acid (20:4 c) In

You find cis-Eicosatetraenoic Acid (20:4 c) mostly in poultry, pork, sausage and luncheon meat, dairy and egg, products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Ground Turkey
  • Cured Bacon
  • Chorizo
  • Italian Pork Sausage
  • Butter
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Broilers Or Fryers Drumstick

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