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What Is Mead Acid?

Mead acid, 20:3 n-9, is also called Eicosatrienoic acid. It’s a polyunsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. If you have a deficiency of essential fatty acids, you can get an elevated presence of mead acid in the blood.

You can find mead acid in large quantities in cartilage.

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How Mead Acid Works

Mead acid is known as an unusual fatty acid that accumulates during dietary essential fatty acid insufficiency. (source đź——)

In the body, Mead acid can be synthesized from oleic acid if there is an essential fatty acid deficiency, EFAD. But the conversion of oleic acid to Mead acid has not been fully explained. (source đź——)

Essential fatty acid deficiency is a metabolic condition related to cancer development. (source đź——)

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