Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Omega-7 New Essential Fat !

Omega-7 (Palmitoleic acid) is a non-essential fatty acid found in sea buckthorn oil. Omega-7 naturally present in all body tissues. Its plays an important role in skin physiology. Its helps to soothe and moisturise the skin, while promoting the regeneration of damaged tissues. 

Palmitoleic acid had antioxidant properties which are able to protect the skin from oxidative damage and ease the symptoms of malnourished or ageing skin.

Omega-7 is also beneficial for those with Type-2 diabetes as it helps the body to overcome insulin resistance and fight off the imbalances that result in metabolic syndrome. 

So start the right amount of good fats into our diet today!!!

Food that contain omega-7 :

Sea Buckthorn (High)

The best vegetarian or plant source of Omega 7 fatty acids is sea buckthorn berries. They are the richest plant source of Omega 7 and contain many other health promoting nutrients. Sea buckthorn is an emerging super fruit that has found placement on the Dr. Oz show several times over the last few years. The fruit’s oil is being used by manufacturers of nutritional supplements and especially skin care products because of it’s high content of Omega 7.

Dairy (Low)

Dairy products contain Omega 7 fatty acids like vaccenic (which means “cow”). Only dairy products made with whole milk or at least 2 percent will contain Omega 7. They can be found in liquid milk, cheese, and yogurt. While dairy can contain Omega 7 it’s rather sparse and not a significant source of the fat.

Macademia Nuts (Low-Med)

Macademia nuts are rich in palmitoleic acid (Omega 7) albeit not near as high as sea buckthorn oil. They also lack the many nutrients and benefits sea buckthorn provides. That being said as a nut they have a higher quantity of protein and fiber which is also good for the body.

Fish (Low)

Fish contain very low levels of Omega 7 fatty acids. They are a richer source of Omega 3’s and are better utilized for extracting that fatty acid. Taking fish oil for Omega 7’s is doable but not ideal. You won’t get very much of the fatty acid and will ingest a lot of other fatty acids in the process. Overdoing Omega 3, an EFA fish oil has potent stores of ,can thin your blood and reduce it’s ability to clot. This can have nasty consequences in the wake of a cut or injury.

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