Cetyl myristoleate is a chemical compound which is a type of fatty acid esteror, more specifically, a cetylated fatty acid (CFA). It is the cetyl ester of myristoleic acid.



In alternative medicine, cetyl myristoleate is said to help with the following health problems:

  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • chronic back pain
  • emphysema
  • fibromyalgia
  • lupus
  • multiple sclerosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • psoriasis
  • rheumatoid arthritis


Although research on the health effects of cetyl myristoleate is limited, some studies show that it may aid in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology, for example, researchers found that use of a cream containing cetyl myristoleate helped improve functioning in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. For the study, 40 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to one of two treatments: a cream made with cetyl myristoleate, or a placebo cream. After 30 days of twice-daily treatment, those given cetyl myristoleate showed greater improvements in range of motion in their knees (as well as in balance, ability to ascend/descend stairs, and ability to rise from sitting).

Additionally, a 2002 study from the same journal found that consuming cetyl myristoleate in supplement form may help improve knee range of motion and overall function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The study involved 64 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, each of whom was treated with either cetyl myristoleate or a placebo for 68 days.
Compared to members of the placebo group, those treated with cetyl myristoleate showed greater functional improvements by the study’s end.

In tests on animals, scientists have determined that cetyl myristoleate may help treat arthritis by reducing inflammation.


Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of long-term or regular use of cetyl myristoleate.

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None interactions are recorded.

Other names

Hexadecyl (Z)-tetradec-9-enoate


Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetyl_myristoleate

Verywell, https://www.verywell.com/the-benefits-of-cetyl-myristoleate-89434

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