Omega-7 By Dr. Mitchell Gaj

Scientists have recently learned of a specific Omega-7 fat called palmitoleic acid which can help with metabolic syndrome.  Omega-7 can decrease the risk of type II diabetes, prevent build up of atherosclerotic plaque, increase beneficial HDLs and lower C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker associated with high risk for heart attack and stroke.

Omega -7’s are fats that function as signaling molecules that allow communication between fats and muscle whereas omega-3s are fats that are beneficial mainly because they are involved with anti-inflammatory molecules.

A small amount of omega-7 has an effect on the body’s response to energy intake, and fat storage and utilization.   Omega-7 suppresses the production of new fat molecules, especially those that damage tissue and raise cardiovascular risk.  Their effects resemble those of many drug commonly used by people with cholesterol and/or high blood sugar.

 

Keep in mind that metabolic syndrome consists of the following:

  • Elevated glucose and insulin Resistance
  • Lipid disturbances(high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Central Obesity
  • Chronic inflammation

Having metabolic syndrome can lead to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other serious disorders.  Omega-7s help in helping in the following way

  • Decrease insulin resistance & decrease blood sugar
  • Suppresses fat production and accumulation
  • Normalizes abnormal lipid profiles (including raising HDL cholesterol)
  • Fights obesity
  • Suppresses inflammation that drives metabolic syndrome

ALL OMEGA SOURCES ARE NOT THE SAME!  Some natural sources include macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn; however, you also get high levels of palmitic acid, which is a thick palm oil.  Palmitic acid raises the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular issue.  The above contain 11-27%   Omega-7 which is good, but also contain 9-40% palmitic acid which can negate the benefits.  You want an Omega-7 product that is purified to decrease palmitic acid concentration to less than 1% and also increase the Omega-7 content near 50%.  For more information, please read Life extension Magazine, 4/14 issue, pp. 26-33, by Carol Stockton.  Ask us how to acquire a top quality Omega-7 supplement!

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