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Lipids, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Use

  1. Ernesto Hernandez

Published Online: 13 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471238961.lipihern.a01

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

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Hernandez, E. 2012. Lipids, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Use. Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 1–19.

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  1. Texas A&M University

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  1. Published Online: 13 JUL 2012

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Lipid nutritional supplements have been in use before the term nutraceutical was coined. Products such as fish oils, shark cartilege, shark liver oil, and vitamins have been in the market since the beginning of the twentieth century. Some of the health claims of these products lacked strict scientific documentation in the past, and their curative properties were mostly anecdotal. However there is a better understanding of the biological properties of lipids and their application has extended to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics fields, such as disease prevention and treatment, excipients and coadjuvants, trans-dermal carriers and skin emolliency agents. This has led to the development of bioactive cosmetic and pharmaceutical products whose name is coined as cosmeceutical.


  • lipids;
  • cosmetics;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • cosmeceuticals;
  • nutraceuticals