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. (Stedman, 26th ed) 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. (Wikipedia)


Zinc oleate is a chemical compound of zinc. Zinc is a metallic element with the atomic number 30. It is found in nature most often as the mineral sphalerite. Though excess zinc in harmful, in smaller amounts it is an essential element for life, as it is a cofactor for over 300 enzymes and is found in just as many transcription factors. (L48, L49)

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