Oleic acid is used as an excipient in pharmaceuticals and as an emulsifying or solubilizing agent in aerosol products. It may hinder the progression of adrenoleukodystrophy, a fatal disease that affects the brain and adrenal glands, and it may help boost memory.
An unsaturated fatty acid that is the most widely distributed and abundant fatty acid in nature. it is used commercially in the preparation of oleates and lotions, and as a pharmaceutical solvent. Major constit. of plant oils e.g. olive oil (ca. 80%), almond oil (ca. 80%) and many others, mainly as glyceride. Constit. of tall oil.
Also present in apple, melon, raspberry oil, tomato, banana, roasted peanuts, black tea, rice bran, cardamon, plum brandy, peated malt, dairy products and various animal fats. Component of citrus fruit coatings. Emulsifying agent in foods Oleic acid is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid found in various animal and vegetable fats. The trans isomer of oleic acid is called elaidic acid.
Oleic acid is used as a component in many foods, in the form of its triglycerides. It is a component of the normal human diet, being a part of animal fats and vegetable oils.
Oleic acid as its sodium salt is a major component of soap as an emulsifying agent. It is also used as an emollient. Small amounts of oleic acid are used as an excipient in pharmaceuticals, and it is used as an emulsifying or solubilizing agent in aerosol products