What is Myristic Acid? High and low values | Lab results explained

Myristic acid is a medium chain fatty acid (=MCFA). It is present in palm kernel oil, coconut oil, butterfat, milk and to some extent in animal fats.

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Various studies have shown that myristic acid was the saturated fatty acid most strongly related to the average serum cholesterol concentrations [L]. Hence, myristic acid is positively correlated with higher cholesterol levels as well as raising triglycerides in plasma and increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease (=CVD).

Higher values:

– High levels of Myristic acid can raise Cholesterol [L, L, L] and hence increase your risk for cardio vascular disease and others.

– Follow a healthy plant-based diet and lower your MCFA intake (oils/butters)


– Effects of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), myristic acid, and oleic acid on serum lipoproteins in healthy subjects. [L]

– Effects of dietary fatty acids and carbohydrates on the ratio of serum total to HDL cholesterol and on serum lipids and apolipoproteins: a meta-analysis of 60 controlled trials. [L]

– Impact of myristic acid versus palmitic acid on serum lipid and lipoprotein levels in healthy women and men. [L]

– Saturated Fats: A Perspective from Lactation and Milk Composition [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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