eleostearic acid


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eleostearic acid

[¦el·ē·ō′stir·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
CH3(CH2)7(CH:CH)3-(CH2)3COOH A colorless, water-insoluble, crystalline, unsaturated fatty acid; the glycerol ester is a chief component of tung oil.
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For tung oil, with mostly conjugated double bonds from eleostearic acid (~ 77-82 percent eleostearic acid), the rate of autoxidation is much higher than that observed in linolenic acid, due to the conjugation.
The range includes Baobab, with soothing properties for skin and scalp; Parinari and Mongongo, which contain a high content of eleostearic acid for regenerativeand moisturizing properties; Ximenia, with long-chain fatty acids that provide good substantivity for skin and hair; Marula, which is hydrating and skin softening and Kalahari Melon, with a high essential fatty acids (EFA) content for skin restructuring.
But tung nuts and Chinese melon seeds also contain enzymes that can serve as a catalyst to convert the linoleic acid in soybean oil to eleostearic acid.