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Oleic Acid

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Oleic Acid


Oleic acid is an omega- 9 fatty acid and is naturally found in animal and plant oils. In its natural form, Oleic acid is odorless, colorless and sometimes may have a yellow tinge to it. Oleic acid is mainly derived from olives, hence the name oleic. It also found in grape seed oil, peanut, sesame seed oil, almonds, pecans and many other types of nuts. It is also found in the adipose tissues of the human body.

There are numerous benefits of Oleic acid; aside from its health benefits, Oleic acid is also used as an emulsifier in aerosol products and in various other industries as well.

History and Origin

The name Oleic acid means that it is derived from or related to olives. It is abundant in many types of nuts and is also emitted by decaying bodies of insects which is used as a pheromone and as a warning sign to other insect species.

Ancient Uses

During ancient times, Oleic acid is considered to be essential in many remedies and therapies. Its natural sources, olives and various nuts, were considered part of a staple diet and were also used in the treatment of skin disorders and for gastrointestinal illnesses.

Modern Uses

Oleic acid has many uses during modern times. It is used to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure. It reduces the occurrence of blood clots and has the ability to remove plaque and debris in blood vessels ensuring healthy blood flow.

It is considered a source of good cholesterol and lowers the levels of LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein ultimately decreasing blood cholesterol levels and systemic blood pressure. It can also be a potential treatment for weight loss. Oleic acid is also known to be rich in antioxidants that help remove harmful toxins and free radicals in the body. It helps prevent premature aging in cells and increases immune system functioning. There are also studies regarding the ability of Oleic acid to boost memory and to increase the speed of neurological transmission. It also helps in increasing cardiovascular health and increases heart function. Oleic acid can also help relieve asthma symptoms and can also increase respiratory functioning.

It is an active ingredient in many cosmetics and can help provide smooth and supple skin. Hair is thicker and shinier with hair care products that have the Oleic acid as the main ingredient.
Oleic acid is also seen as a treatment in joint pain, and for swelling and redness that are common in arthritis and many who have used supplements with Oleic acid have reported increased joint mobility and function.

Side Effects

Avoid taking Oleic acid supplements when you are using blood thinners; it may significantly increase blood pressure and cause bleeding. It is also important to consult a doctor regarding the use of Oleic acid for your illness since it may cause adverse reactions with the medications you are currently taking.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not advised to take Oleic acid supplements. There are studies regarding the potential risk of developing breast cancer in women with an increase of Oleic acid in the blood stream.

Read also: Ledebouriella Divaricata Root

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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