How to Get More Omega-7

Friday, 22 Mar 2013 08:39 AM

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Like Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII, an editing malfunction has left us exposed - to questions about how you can make sure you get all the benefits of the fatty acid omega-7. Here's the poop (OK, that's a benefit, too).
 
Omega-7 is part of the family of inflammation-cooling, heart-protecting odd omegas that includes:
 
  • DHA omega-3 (We say, get it from fatty fish like salmon and ocean trout, and/or 900 IU of algal DHA omega-3 oil supplements.)
  • ALA omega-3 (found in walnuts, avocado, flaxseed, canola oil, and chia seeds)
  • Omega-5 (in pomegranate seeds)
  • Omega-9 (in olive oil)
     
Dr. Mike advocates taking purified omega-7 because it contains purified palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid that quells inflammation. And preliminary studies indicate that it also cuts your risk of type 2 diabetes by decreasing insulin resistance; helps prevent or reverse fatty liver; and lowers your levels of an inflammation marker called hs-CRP (highly specific C-reactive protein), which is associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. That's a big payoff!
 
Now, the supplement sea buckthorn also contains palmitoleic acid, but it comes bundled with some palmitic acid (another form of fatty acid) that opposes some of the cardiovascular and antidiabetes benefits of palmitoleic acid.

However, sea buckthorn still may bestow the poop-improving, skin-loving, weight-controlling powers that many people, including Dr. Oz, like it for. So take your pick - Dr. Oz likes sea buckthorn berry juice, and Dr. Mike takes 420 mg of purified omega-7 daily.

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