Omega-7: The Overlooked Fatty Acid for Heart Health
January 2, 2020 at 22:14 by Barlean's
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Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that Omega-3 fatty acids are great for a healthy heart.* If you’re supplement-savvy, you may also be familiar with the cardio-protective properties of Omega-6s.* But did you know there’s a new heart-loving fatty acid in town? Heart health month is an ideal time to learn more about Omega-7, the powerful newcomer in the fatty acid world.
What Omega-7s Do
Research into Omega-7 fatty acids is in the beginning stages compared to Omega-3s, but there have been some very promising findings. One recent study of middle-aged, overweight folks performed at the Cleveland Clinic had particularly eye-opening results.[i]
The study found that taking Omega-7s for just one month significantly reduced levels of C-reactive protein (CRP).* That’s important, because CRP spells trouble for cardiovascular health, and maintaining healthy CRP levels may be the single most important thing you can do to protect your heart. At the same time, omega-7 helped maintain levels of blood lipids — including triglycerides, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and HDL (“good”) cholesterol — that were already within a healthy range.* Two other large-scale studies have echoed this finding about the relationship between Omega-7 consumption and cholesterol levels.*[ii],[iii]
How Omega-7s Work
In a nutshell, Omega-7s support a healthy inflammation response.* Inflammation is a double-edged sword. Too little, and you have no defense against challenges to your immune system. Too much, and it wreaks havoc on your metabolic health (i.e. your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglyceride, and abdominal fat levels).
Omega-7s are lipokines, which means they promote healthy energy usage and fat storage, which helps keep inflammation in check.*[iv],[v] They work by increasing fat breakdown in the body and blocking the synthesis of new fat.*[vi],[vii]
Where to Find Omega-7s
Omega-7s are found in some foods such as macadamia nuts, grass-fed meat and dairy, avocado, and salmon, and they’re also available in supplement form. Any time you take a supplement, though, make sure you’re getting the studied dose. The patients at the Cleveland Clinic received a dose of 220 mg a day. So, when you buy an Omega-7 supplement, look for something in that ballpark.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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