Natural Phospholipids

Natural phospholipids contain a heterogeneous mixture of fatty acids that is dependent on organism type, dietary history, and environmental growth conditions. The fatty acid composition of phospholipids changes in response to environmental factors where different fatty acid compositions have unique functions. Natural phospholipids contain relatively high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids, particularly in the sn-2 position. The amphiphilic nature of phospholipids is the source of their ability to form cellular membranes.


Fatty Acid Composition of Matreya's Natural Lipids

Natural sphingolipids contain a heterogeneous mixture of fatty acids attached to the sphingosine moiety. The fatty acid composition is dependent on several factors including species, location within the organism, age, and environmental conditions. Normal variations in the fatty acids include chain-length, hydroxylation, and unsaturation. The percentages listed are only approximates as the actual amount will vary between lots.

Table for typical fatty acid content of products prepared from natural sources (PDF)