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 ◳)
Essential fatty acid deficiency is a metabolic condition related to cancer development. (source ◳)
Where To Find Mead Acid?
Mead acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid and is found in vegetable oils and animal fats.
Mead acid is also an intermediate product in the production of valeric acid, a chemical used in the production of plastics and other products.
Mead acid is an important chiral compound that is used in the manufacture of many pharmaceuticals, such as the cholesterol-lowering drug, atorvastatin, and the neuroleptic, thiothixene.
Produce Mead Acid
Mead acid is typically produced by a process that includes a fermentation of carbohydrates, such as corn syrup, with an ethanologenic microorganism, such as a yeast, followed by an acid hydrolysis of the fermentation product to form mead acid.