Article by Herbal Powers states:
"Fatty acids are important to the health of the skin as a nutrient, and unsaturated fatty acids are particularly known to possess fungicidal and bactericidal properties. Palmitoleic acid when applied directly to the skin can increase triglyceride concentration in the lipid barrier of the skin, one of the naturally occurring stratum corneum lipid components, as well as consequently enhancing the protective nature of the stratum corneum."
Mink oil has over 32% Palmitoleic & Palmitolic acid.
Palmitoleic Acid is mono-unsaturated oil and is a highly effective antioxidant. It is found in the sebum particularly in youth, but diminishes with the aging process. The fatty acid is also a component of skin fat. Research suggested that Palmitoleic acid may be involved in the cell rejuvenation and the healing process, particularly in dry and/or mature skin. It also offers some protection from the harmful effects of the sun. This fatty acid supports cell regeneration and can help heal burns and wounds, and reduce dermatitis and eczema. Palmitoleic acid when applied directly to the skin can increase triglyceride concentration in the lipid barrier of the skin, one of the naturally occurring stratum corneum lipid components, as well as consequently enhancing the protective nature of the stratum corneum.
The skin is the largest of the body's organs and its first line of defense against potential external threats. The immune system relies on the skin to present a united front against invaders, including free radicals, which have been identified by recent advances in research as the primary villains that threaten the integrity of skin cell membranes.
Over time, sun exposure causes collagen, (structural component of the skin), to collapse and destroys the skins ability to produce new collagen. In addition normal age-related changes can lessen the skin's ability to moisturize itself, as oil glands beneath the surface become less effective.
The human body can produce all but two of the fatty acids it needs. These two, linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (LNA), are widely distributed in plant oils. In addition, fish oils contain the longer-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Since they cannot be made in the body from other substrates and must be supplied in food, they are called essential fatty acids. Mammals lack the ability to introduce double bonds in fatty acids beyond carbon 9 and 10. Hence linoleic acid and linoleinic acid are essential fatty acids for humans. In the body, essential fatty acids are primarily used to produce hormone-like substances that regulate a wide range of functions, including blood pressure, blood clotting, blood lipid levels, the immune response, and the inflammation response to injury infection.
Mink Oil has 16% Linoleic Fatty Acid
(Not to be confused with linolenic acid.)
About Linoleic Acid - From Wikipedia
Linoleic acid (LA) is an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is a colorless liquid. In physiological literature, it is called C18:2(n-6). Chemically, linoleic acid is a carboxylic acid with an 18-carbon chain and two cis double bonds; the first double bond is located at the sixth carbon from the omega end.
The word linoleic comes from the Greek word linon (flax). Oleic means of, relating to, or derived from oil or olive or of or relating to oleic acid since removing the omega-6 double bond produces oleic acid.
In physiology: Linoleic acid (LA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid used in the biosynthesis of arachidonic acid (AA) and thus some prostaglandins. It is found in the lipids of cell membranes. It is abundant in many vegetable oils, especially poppy seed, safflower and sunflower oils.
Linoleic acid is a member of the group of essential fatty acids called omega-6 fatty acids which are essential dietary requirements for all mammals. The other group of essential fatty acids is the omega-3 fatty acids, for example Alpha-linolenic acid. Omega-6 deficiency symptoms include dry hair, hair loss, and poor wound healing.
Linoleic acid is the raw material for a number of compounds vital for health (e.g. arachidonic acid which is involved in the inflammation response). Linoleic acid is especially important for the proper growth and development of infants. It was once known as vitamin F but is no longer regarded as a vitamin.
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