Lipid delivery systems for food applications

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Bioactive lipids play an important role in human health. These lipophilic substances cannot be synthesized within the human body and must be obtained through dietary ingestion. For this reason, there is an opportunity in the food industry to develop functional foods based on bioactive lipids. However, these compounds have poor stability during the production and storage and have low levels of absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. For these reasons, many strategies have been developed in the last years to enhance their stability and their bioavailability such as nanoencapsulation. This chapter aims to highlight different kinds of nanoscale delivery systems that have been designed to encapsulate bioactive lipids. This includes nanoemulsions, nanoliposomes, solid lipid nanoparticles, and nanostructured lipid carriers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioactive lipids
EditorsManuela Pintado, Manuela Machado, Ana Maria Gomes, Ana Sofia Salsinha, Luís Miguel Rodríguez-Alcalá
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780128240434
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Bioactive lipids
  • Nanotechnology
  • Bioavailability
  • SLNs
  • NLCs
  • Nanoliposomes
  • Nanoemulsions


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