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TORRES GARCIA, Jairo  and  DURAN AGUERO, Samuel. Phospholipids: properties and health effects. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.76-83. ISSN 1699-5198.

Phospholipids are amphipathic lipids, which are found in all the cell membranes, organized as a lipid bilayer. They belong to the glycerol-derived lipids, showing a similar structure as triglycerides. The current interest of them comes from its effectiveness to incorporate different fatty acids in the cell membrane, as they exhibit better absorption and utilization than triglycerides. In this paper, the bibliographical data published about the benefits of the phospholipids in inflammatory processes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, liver disease and as an antioxidants transporter is reviewed.

Keywords : Phospholipids; Fatty acids; Phosphatidylcholine.

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