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What Is Palmitoleic Acid?

Palmitoleic acid, 16:1, or hexadecenoic acid, is an omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid. In our body is it present in all tissues.

Palmitoleic acid is an important fatty acid for pharmaceutical applications.

Palmitoleic acid Is A Common Omega-7 Fatty Acid

Palmitoleic acid is an omega-7 monounsaturated fatty acid. It is mostly found in plants and marine sources. Palmitoleic acid is one of the most common omega-7 fatty acids. (source 🗗)

In the body, palmitoleic acid is present in all tissues but is generally found in higher concentrations in the liver. (source 🗗)

Palmitoleic Acid In Food

Dietary sources of palmitoleic acid include a variety of animal oils, vegetable oils, and marine oils. Macadamia Nuts, Macadamia oil, and sea buckthorn oil have high concentrations of palmitoleic acid. (source 🗗)

The consumption of palmitoleic acid in Western diets is limited. Because its main dietary sources are foods we sporadically consume. Like macadamia and codfish liver oil. Despite that, are deficiency rare. (source 🗗)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out palmitoleic acid .

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Sara Niemelä

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I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!