A rare, yet powerful fatty acid
Omega-7 fatty acids are a class of unsaturated fatty acids in which the site of unsaturation is seven carbon atoms from the end of the carbon chain. The two most common omega-7 fatty acids in nature are palmitoleic acid and vaccenic acid. They are widely used in cosmetics due to their moisturizing properties. Diets rich in omega-7 fatty acids have been shown to have beneficial health effects, such as increasing levels of HDL cholesterol and lowering levels of LDL cholesterol. Omega 7 is not an “essential fatty acid” such as Omegas 3 and 6 but many humans see marked benefits in supplementing with it regularly. Omega 7 is rare. It can be found in trace amounts in numerous sources of fish, nuts, and algae but sea buckthorn is the most abundant source and is readily available in stores and online marketplaces like Amazon.
What are the benefits of Omega 7?
Clinical studies suggest there are may benefits to Dietary supplementation of Omega 7, such as:
- Mucus membrane health (These are the linings of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts.)
- Skin health
- Cardiovascular health
- Reduced incidence of diabetes
- Lower overall inflammation
- Powerful antioxidant
Studies have suggested that Omega 7 could be a boon for human health. In the past decade research on the benefits of Omega 7 (usually from sea buckthorn oil) has accelerated looks to provide a solid fundamental foundation of clinical/scholarly support as a tremendously beneficial compound for human health.
Did you know?
Some examples include clinical trials and studies that suggest Omega 7 plays a key role in regulating various physiological systems in animals and humans. A recent clinical trial conducted at Harvard suggests that people with higher circulating Omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) in their blood have a 60% lower chance for developing diabetes, a lower BMI, smaller waist circumference, lower triglycerides and lower inflammation in the body. Additionally, a recent trial at the Cleveland Clinic has shown supplementing with Omega 7 correlates with a substantial (44%) drop in CRP (C-reactive protein), a measure of overall inflammation that correlates with higher incidence of cardiovascular disease.