Definition of Lipid:

Fat-soluble substances derived from animal or vegetable cells by nonpolar solvents (e.g. ether); the term can include the following types of materials: fatty acids, glycerides, phospholipids, alcohols and waxes.

Also: Lipids

Topics Related to Lipid

Adult Acne

...recommendation Vitamin E
“...The acne of both men and women improves with these treatments, probably by reducing the development of lipid peroxides.”

Alcohol Consumption a treatment
“...What would explain the apparent benefits of alcohol consumption?  ... Alcohol improves blood lipid profile by increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol and decreasing LDL ("bad") cholesterol...”
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Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...Men using synthetic testosterone supplementation should have their serum lipids carefully evaluated and rechecked periodically...”

Aneurysm / Rupture

...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Signs of lipid peroxidation were markedly elevated in all diseased arterial tissue compared to controls...”

Antioxidant Requirement

...the condition
“...If ROS or RNS outnumber the antioxidant stores in the body, they can inactivate enzymes, oxidize lipids and damage genetic material (DNA)...”

Arjun a treatment
“...It lowers beta-lipoprotein lipids and restores HDL components in cases of hyperlipidemia...”


...related topic
“...Characterized by calcified yellowish plaques, lipids, and cellular debris in the inner layers of the walls of large and medium-sized arteries.”


...related topic
“...This narrowing is caused by deposits of yellow plaques containing cholesterol, lipids, and lipophages within the arteries.”

Body Odor

...the condition
“...When we are stressed, the apocrine glands produce "stress sweat" which contains a milky fluid consisting of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.  This causes the smelliest types of body odor when broken down by bacteria...”

Chitosan a treatment
“...Because Chitosan is mostly indigestible, it can then prevent these lipids from being absorbed in the digestive tract...”

Cholesterol Level Check a treatment
“...The current recommendation is that everyone get a fasting lipid profile every five years starting at age 20 if the results are in the desirable range...”

Chromium a treatment
“Chromium is an essential trace element involved with proper metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids in the body...”

Concern Over Wrinkled Skin

...relationship to Sun Damage/Overexposure
“...UVA rays induce the formation of free radicals, which attack the skin's lipids.  The resulting damage gives rise to visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and leathery skin.”

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...recommendation Test Antioxidant Status
“...Increased lipid peroxidation is also a concern...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...the condition
“...Each plaque has a soft inner fatty (lipid) core which contains a strong clotting agent, and a tough, fibrous outer shell that keeps the liquid core away from the blood...”

Cosmetics / Moisturizers a treatment
“...A new treatment in the fight against dry skin is the use of topically-applied lipids such as ceramides, sphingolipids, or cholesterol...”

DHEA a treatment
“...Four months of supplementation with DHEA (50mg per day) had no effect on serum lipids, bone markers, body composition, exercise capacity, sexuality or mood scores in a double blind cross-over study of 22 healthy men (50-69 years old) with age-related physiological decline of...”

Eclampsia / Preeclampsia

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Several studies imply that harmful free radicals called lipid peroxides contribute to preeclampsia, and that women with this condition are low in the antioxidants that combat them...”

Effects of a High Fat Diet

...the condition
“...Such a diet can also be "thrombogenic," i.e. the fat will tend to form lipid particles in your blood after meals, which could lead to blood clots, meaning heart attack or stroke...”

Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet

...the condition
“...problems: "Complications such as heart arrhythmias, cardiac contractile function impairment, sudden death, osteoporosis, kidney damage, increased cancer risk, impairment of physical activity and lipid [cholesterol] abnormalities can all be linked to long-term restriction of carbohydrates in the diet...”

Enlarged Prostate

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...These effects appear to be due to the correction of an underlying EFA deficiency, since these patients' prostatic and seminal lipid levels and ratios are often abnormal...”

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“...Virii coated by a lipid glycoprotein envelope such as Epstein-Barr are vulnerable to the influence of ozone by its intense oxidizing properties.”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“...Replace foods that are high in saturated fat with healthier options in order to lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles (part of cardiac risk assessment to help determine an individual's risk of heart disease...”

Fatty Acids

...related topic
“Chemical chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms that are part of a fat (lipid) and are the major component of triglycerides...”

Ginkgo Biloba a treatment
“...This increased brain circulation, when combined with PAF's ability to "recharge" nerve cells (via increased Na+-K+ ATPase activity) and the flavonoids blocking the lipid peroxidation along the nerve myelin sheath, have given GBE a well-deserved focus in brain function research...”

Green Tea a treatment
“...Their anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial and lipid controlling properties have been the center of many studies over the past several years...”

Guar Gum a treatment
“...This undigestible "fiber" is responsible for taking in water as well as binding lipids.”

Gugulipids a treatment
“...They have been used in classic Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of conditions including lipid disorders, obesity and arthritis...”

Gymnena Sylvestre a treatment
“...In studies, extracts of the plant have decreased fasting blood sugar levels, normalized blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides,) lowered insulin requirements and enhanced insulin production...”


...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Ann Epidemiol 1993;3: pp.217-24 Mezes M, Par A, Nemeth P, Javor T. Studies of the blood lipid peroxide status and vitamin E levels in patients with chronic active hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease...”

High Levels Of Triglycerides

...recommendation Digestive Enzymes
“...[Lipids 32: p.1147, 1997].”

High Total Cholesterol

...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...The effect of vegetarian diets on plasma lipid and platelet levels...”
...recommendation Nut and Seed Consumption
“...[A Monounsaturated Fatty Acid Rich Pecan Enriched Diet Favorably Alters the Serum Lipid Profile of HealthyMen and Women, Jnu 2001;131: pp.2275-2279] Whole almonds or almond oil (replacing half of the habitual fat intake) reduced plasma triglyceride, total and LDL-cholesterol...”
...recommendation Olive Oil
“...fatty acids – as contained in olive oil – reduce total and LDL cholesterol concentrations without reducing the levels of HDL cholesterol, thus leading to favorable changes in the serum lipid profile and possibly to changes in the physicochemical properties of lipoproteins...”


...recommendation BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
“...Since the virus generally believed responsible for AIDS contains a lipid envelope, BHT warrants investigation as a potential antiviral agent against the AIDS virus...”

Hydroxycitric Acid a treatment
“...It serves as an appetite suppressant and reduces productions of cholesterol and other lipids.  HCA acts as an inhibitor in the enzymatic reaction that allows the body to release acetyl-CoA from citrate to make and store fats...”
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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...Dietary restrictions can help control diabetes mellitus, obesity, and blood lipid abnormalities...”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...recommendation Probiotics
“...Soil Based Organisms (SBOs) (bacillus subtilis and licheniformis) produce surfactin that inactivates lipid envelope viruses (HIV, CMV, herpes etc), kills mycoplasmas, many bacteria and candida albicans...”

Inositol a treatment
“...Inositol is also lipotropic, meaning it associates with lipids (fats).  Its lipotropic characteristics have been used to help move fatty material from the liver, into the intestines where they can be effectively removed with fiber...”

Intermittent Claudication

...the condition
“...Blood pressure, lipids and blood sugar (in diabetics) should be lowered and monitored closely...”

LDL/HDL Ratio, High

...recommendation Digestive Enzymes
“...[Lipids 32: p.1147, 1997].”

Lecithin / Choline a treatment
“...Choline is a vitamin that is lipotropic (has an affinity for lipids – fats).  Lipotropics are fat metabolism assisting agents...”

Lipase a treatment
“Lipase describes a number of enzymes that catabolize lipid or fats.  Most often used in digestive enzyme preparations, lipase, or the pancreatic derived pancrelipase, helps the body break down the fat in the small intestines...”


...related topic
“Molecules composed of lipids and proteins that carry fats and cholesterol through the bloodstream.”

Liver Detoxification Profile a treatment
“...In the comprehensive version of this profile, the urine specimen is analyzed for levels of lipid peroxides...”

Lycopene a treatment
“...As reported in the journal Lipids, a group from Canada demonstrated that lycopene significantly lowers LDL oxidation in human blood...”

Monolaurin a treatment
“...By disrupting the lipid bilayer of the virus, Monolaurin inactivates the virus by preventing attachment (absorption) to susceptible host cell walls...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...Deficiencies of the omega-3 oils are thought to interfere with lipid elongation and permanently impair formation of normal myelin.”


...related topic
“A substance made of protein and lipid (fat) that protects the nerves, especially in the brain...”

NADH a treatment
“...Yet another study sought to see whether oral NADH might lower blood pressure and affect lipids in a hypertensive animal model...”


...the condition
“...Gaucher's Disease is an inherited disease of lipid metabolism caused by the failure to produce the enzyme glucocerebrosidase...”

Peripheral Vascular Disease

...the condition
“...Examples are heparin and warfarin (Coumadin); Other risk factors, such as diabetes, poor lipid levels, and high blood pressure should be reduced as far as is possible...”


...related topic
“A fat or lipid containing phosphorus found in high quantities in the brain and very important to the function of cellular membranes and to the nervous system.”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...recommendation Weight Loss
“Weight reduction can not only reverse testosterone and luteinizing hormone abnormalities and infertility seen with PCOS, but also improve glucose, insulin and lipid profiles.  Obesity is an important feature with regard to hirsutism because it is associated with decreased sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation Vitamin E
“Several studies imply that harmful free radicals called lipid peroxides contribute to pre-eclampsia, and that women with this condition are low in the antioxidants that combat them...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Several studies imply that harmful free radicals called lipid peroxides contribute to preeclampsia, and that women with this condition are low in the antioxidants that combat them...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome
“...Syndrome (Syndrome X) is as follows: Central obesity (or a BMI index of over 30) AND any two of the following ... Raised triglycerides: > 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L), or specific treatment for this lipid abnormality...”


...related topic
“...Sometimes this can indicate liver, gall bladder or lipid metabolism diseases...”
...our question about Undigested fat in stools
“Stool fats (or fecal fats, or fecal lipids) are fats that are excreted in the feces...”

Supplemental Fiber a treatment
“...Having regular blood panels taken, including a lipid profile, will allow you and your physician to monitor the positive changes taking place.”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Anyone with a family history of type 2 diabetes who is also overweight and who gets little exercise should be evaluated for the glucose, lipid and blood pressure abnormalities associated with Syndrome X...”

Test Antioxidant Status a treatment
“...They can stabilize and destroy lipid peroxides – damaged fats in your body caused by excess free radicals and the consumption of high-fat food...”

Test for Cardiac Risk Factors a treatment
“...Post-challenge insulin, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), Lp(a), iron levels, additional lipid fractions, homocysteine, fibrinogen and others can be done to provide a clearer picture of your risk...”


...related topic
“...Triglycerides are fat storage molecules and are the major lipid component of the diet.”


...recommendation Vitamin E
“A membrane's lipid bilayers are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids which are subject to oxidation...”

Vinpocetine a treatment
“...Blood cell membranes lose flexibility under the influence of free radicals that oxidize some of their component lipids.  Vinpocetine has effects on brain blood vessels, brain blood flow, and brain cells themselves...”

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) a treatment
“...A deficiency in pantothenic acid affects the adrenal gland, the immune system, the cardiovascular system as well as the overall metabolism of lipids.  While severe deficiencies are rare, many systems are compromised by insufficient pantothenic acid...”

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) a treatment
“...P5P is crucial in a number of different metabolic activities including glucose production, niacin formation, lipid metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis, hormone modulation and more...”

Vitamin E a treatment
“...The major function of vitamin E is the protection from lipid peroxidation, an effect of free radical oxidation in membranes and LDL particles...”

Vitamin Niacinamide a treatment
“...One of its functions is to stabilize blood lipid (fat) levels...”

Zinc a treatment
“...These enzymes are critical for the immune system, overall cellular metabolism, control of protein synthesis and protection of membrane lipid peroxidation...”
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