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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A New Omega Fatty Acid For Heart Health

Everyone knows omega-3s are good for your heart. Two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are often recommended to complement a healthy diet and support general cardiovascular health and overall health throughout the body.

Nutritional science is taking a closer look at omega-7s as well. Emerging research on omega-7s (palmitoleic acid) is promising. In a recently published clinical trial, 60 subjects with dyslipidemia and elevated high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were instructed not to change normal food intake and received either a 420 mg dose of an omega-7 supplement (containing 220.5 mg purified palmitoleic acid) or placebo for 30 days. No noticeable changes were seen in the placebo arm, but the omega-7 arm demonstrated:

  • Decrease in hs-CRP, a marker of inflammation
  • Decrease in triglycerides
  • Decrease in LDL "bad" cholesterol
  • Higher than expected increase in HDL "good" cholesterol when compared to placebo

Choosing a quality omega-7 supplement. It's important to look for a supplement with purified omega-7s. Because some palmitoleic acid preparations, such as those from sea buckhorn, may also contain higher concentrations of potentially harmful palmitic acid (not to be confused with palmitoleic acid). You may also consider the value in combining omega-3s and omega-7s to get both general and targeted support for cardiovascular health.

Make an appointment today to find out more about supplementing with omega-7s and omega-3s, along with other nutritional and lifestyle strategies to keep your heart healthy.

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