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Omega-7's for Heart Health


February 18th, 2014

As we wind down the month of February, we have been focusing on heart health. By now it is common knowledge that taking a quality fish oil is essential to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Adding Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet and supplement regime supports your immune system, healthy brain function, and cardiovascular health. Adding Omega-7 to your supplement regime may help reduce the #1 cause of death in America for both men and women from recent research.

Where do you find Omega-7’s?

The best supplement we have found that combines the anti-inflammatory benefits of Omega-3’s and 7’s is Mega 10 by Metagenics. This pharmaceutical-grade supplement is not available at health food or grocery stores. It is specifically designed to support healthy triglycerides and blood lipids.

Palmitoleic vs. Palmitic Acid

Palmitic acid is a saturated fatty acid that recent studies have shown may have a negative impact on heart health due to it’s inflammatory capabilities. Sea buckthorn, often found in capsules or liquid form, is a combination of unpurified palmitic and palmitoleic acid. It usually has a high concentration of palmitic acid and may not be as healthy as previously thought. Mega 10 contains a concentrated amount of purified palmitoleic acid, designed to remove the inflammatory effects of palmitic acid.

Emerging Science on Omega-7

Recent studies have shown promising results.

  • A cross-sectional study has shown a positive association between circulating palmitoleate and healthy insulin and lipid metabolism.
  • A recent open label pilot study with 16 patients participating in a lifestyle change program and who supplemented with purified Omega-7’s for 30 days showed improvements in triglycerides and both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Preliminary results from a recent placebo controlled study with 60 healthy patients demonstrates improvements in blood lipids. This further confirms Omega-7’s role in promoting cardiovascular health. (Excerpt from Metagenics)

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Originally posted at Alliance Integrative Medicine.