The properties of Triterpenes in supplements
|TBS Ingredient ID (TBSI ID):||IS391160|
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U.S. National Library of Medicine (PubChem)
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Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) - Dictionary of molecular entities focused on "small" chemical compounds. ChEBI is part of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.
Triterpenes are a class of chemical compounds composed of three terpene units; they may also be thought of as consisting of six isoprene units. Animals, plants and fungi all produce triterpenes, including squalene, the precursor to all steroids. Triterpenes are biosynthesized through the head-to-head condensation of two FPP units to form squalene. In turn, squalene serves as precursor for the formation of triterpenoids, including bacterial hopanoids and eukaryotic sterols. Squalene is itself a valuable compound since it is used as an antioxidant, as well as in cosmetics, nutrition, and vaccines.