What is Palmitic acid? High and low values | Lab results explained

Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid.

Palmitic and stearic acids are significant markers for high consumption of saturated fats.

The liver can convert fatty acids into cholesterol. Although any fatty acid can enter this pathway, palmitic acid is the most stimulatory one known. Palmitic acid is high in palm kernel and coconut oils.

Higher values:

High levels can lead to increased serum cholesterol and increased risk of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Treatment options:

– Reduce saturated fats in your diet


– Palmitic Acid: Physiological Role, Metabolism and Nutritional Implications [L]


The information on is NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

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