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What Is Valeric Acid?

Valeric acid, 5:0, is a short-chain saturated fatty acid. It's the conjugate acid of a valerate. Valeric acid is found in our tissue and biofluids.

Valeric acid is not that common in nature.

Valeriana Officinalis

5:0 is a saturated fatty acid called valeric acid or pentanoic acid. (source đź——)

It's a colorless, oily liquid with a very unpleasant odor, described as stale cheese. (source đź——)

Valeric acid is found naturally in plant valerian, Valeriana officinalis, from which it gets its name. (source đź——)

Uses Of Valeric Acid

Valeric acid is mainly used in perfumes and cosmetics but also as a food additive. It is the esters of valeric acid that they use. They give a fruity flavor. (source đź——)

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