What is the function of fats in cellular membranes?

What is the function of fats in cellular membranes?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Every human cell has a protective, permeable membrane. Membranes contain two layers, each made mainly of proteins, cholesterol, and fats in the form of phospholipids. Phospholipids are almost the same as triglycerides, except that one of the three fatty acid units is replaced by a molecule that contains phosphorus.

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