Palmitic acid is the first fatty acid produced during fatty acid synthesis and is the precursor to longer fatty acids."
Are you referring to hexadecanoic acid?
"The Essential & Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis (EMFA) evaluates the levels of essential and non-essential red blood cell membrane fatty acids important in metabolism and cellular function. Fatty acid imbalances can be a causative factor in a variety of chronic health conditions. The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis can indicate the need for fatty acid supplementation and/or dietary modification."
"When should testing for EMFAs be considered?
Dietary fat is emerging as one of the most important nutritional modifiers for overall health. There are many health implications which make measuring fatty acids vitally important. Relying on dietary recall may not be accurate since fatty acids can not only be obtained from the diet, but also created endogenously. Imbalances in fatty acids have been implicated in many clinical conditions including but not limited to:1-18
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cognitive decline
- Mood disorders
- Neurologic disease
- Eczema and Psoriasis
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease