There’s a New Omega Fatty Acid on the Block
Omega-7: Palmitoleic Acid
In our article Chronic Inflammation, I touch on this fatty acid
and I’ve been telling our newsletter readers that I will someday
write a complete article about this wonderful supplement. Well, that
day has come.
If you, like me, get wellness newsletters up the ying-yang,
you’ve probably already heard the sales pitch that starts out:
Did this Cleveland fry cook accidentally stumble onto the
heart health discovery of the century?
As the story goes, the fry cook’s deep fryers were constantly
getting coated with fat. Cleaning them was no easy task, so he
contacted a friend (Al Jenkins, a bio-chemist) and asked if he knew
of anything that could cut through the fat and clean his fryers
easily. Al eventually came up with something that worked like magic,
followed up with a study at the Cleveland Clinic and, La voilà,
we have a new heart healthy oil on the market and everyone’s trying
to get in on the action.
The oil has a name. It is called Palmitoleic acid. It comes from
a variety of foods, salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and trout with
a few noteworthy vegetable sources: macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn
berries. The thing is, all the sources of palmitoleic acid also
contain a not-so-nice oil called palmitic acid, a saturated fat that
is somewhat inflammatory.
This whole scenario reminds me of the Steven Wright routine in
which he says: "For Christmas I got a humidifier and a
de-humidifier. I put them in the same room and let them fight it
Recent studies have shown that palmitic acid
stimulates metastases in people with cancer. And seeing how everyone
has cancer cells in their bodies, this news is not good.
Here are two articles that talk about the results
of these studies:
Researchers identify a way to stop cancer from spreading
Tumor cells are dependent on fat to start metastasis
Cardia-7 is the only purified form of Palmitoleic Acid, containing
no Palmitic Acid.
In the buckthorn berry, the palmitic acid content is pretty high,
however in the macadamia nut, it’s quite low. This is why
nut oil is now my latest favorite thing on the planet. I’ve invented
a mayonnaise from it, for which every tablespoon of mayo gives you a
quarter teaspoon of palmitoleic acid.
Bottom line here is this: palmitoleic acid is a very powerful
anti-inflammatory, and when you consider that today it is felt that
most of our chronic and degenerative illnesses begin with
inflammation, this is something you’ll want in your diet.
After just 30 days on a supplement of a "purified" omega-7 fatty
acid, the experimental group realized a 50% drop in their C-Reactive
Protein levels, while the control group’s levels did not change. The
experimental group also realized a 17% drop in triglycerides and a
7% drop in total cholesterol. [Source: Martinez, L. Purified
Omega-7 in the reduction of hs-CRP: a double-blind, randomized,
placebo-controlled study. Proprietary Research Report, 2013.]
I am not one to worry about cholesterol levels, however I would
be worried about rancid cholesterol levels. Cholesterol goes rancid
because of oxidation. Maintaining proper levels of anti-oxidants is
important, and besides taking my C, A, E, etc, I take
When I read that omega-7s lower my cholesterol, that did not
excite me. What excited me was something many of our newsletters of the year
2013 focused on: insulin and glucose metabolism.
Two studies on palmitoleic acid have
shown conclusively that it reduces insulin insensitivity maximizing
your metabolism of glucose. [Dimopoulos,
Nicolaos, Maria Watson, and Harinder S Hundal. (2008). "Differential
effects of palmitate and palmitoleate on insulin action and glucose
utilization in rat L6 skeletal muscle cells". US National Library of
Medicine – National Institutes of Health.
Mozaffarian, Dariush, Haiming Cao, and Gokhan S Hotamingsil.
"Circulating palmitoleic acid and risk of metabolic abnormalities
and new-onset diabetes," The American Journal of Nutrition. American
Society for Nutrition, 2010.
This is great news for people with type two diabetes, and for
those who are dieting, but even better news for dieters is that
palmitoleic acid induces satiety (makes you full faster) by
releasing/stimulating the two satiety hormones: ghrelin and leptin.
Additionally, if you are insulin resistant, you are leptin
resistant; thus palmitoleic acid’s ability to fight insulin
resistance will also help you fight leptin resistance by reducing
CRP which has shown to be responsible for leptin resistance. This simply
means, you’ll feel full faster while supplementing with omega-7
But for those watching their weight, the good news does not end
there. Animal studies show that supplementing with palmitoleic acid
turns on your fat metabolism. Instead of your body wanting to store
fat (lipogenesis), fats are directed toward making and expending
energy. So if you are working out, you will want to supplement with
palmitoleic acid. Studies out of Harvard on mice showed that on
palmitoleic acid discovered that not only was their fat metabolism
cranked up, but the molecule sent signals to the other organs
telling them not to store dietary fat. Henry Ginsberg, an
"Definitely, a lot of people should be looking at this."
Additional Health Benefits
Skin, hair, and nails: recent
studies have shown that Omega-7 provides key building blocks for
skin, hair, and nails, and also helps combat wrinkles, loss of skin
elasticity, dryness, and nourishes the skin. It boosts collagen
production, protects against sun damage, environmental stress,
toxins, and oxidative damage. It rejuvenates the skin cell
membranes, enhancing its ability to retain moisture, and restores
resilience to aging skin cells. [Effect
of dietary supplementation with sea buckthorn seed and pulp oils on
the fatty composition of skin glycerophospholipids of patients with
Atopic Dermatitis. Yang, B, et al., 2000, Jour Nutr BioChem, Vol.
11, 338-340. Anti-inflammatory activity of sea buckthorn (Hippophae
rhamnoides) leaves. Ganju, L et al., 2005, Intr Immunopharm, Vol. 5,
1675-1684.Composition and physiological effects of sea buckthorn (Hippophae)
lipids. Yang, B, et al., 2002, Trends Food Science Tech, Vol. 13,
Gastreo-intestinal Health: three studies
discovered that palmitoleic acid has a soothing effect on our
internal linings, or mucus membranes. It helps to nourish and
hydrate internal organs combatting stressors such as stomach acid or
chronic inflammation. Palmitoleic acid actually "plumps" up those
linings. One study showed it could relieve inflammatory bowel
disease. [Inflammatory bowel disease
basics. Nikitin, V.A., et al. Khirurgia, 1989; National Association
for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, 4:33-35.
Prevalence of essential fatty acid deficiency in patients with
chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Siguel, E and Lerman, R. 1996,
Metabolism. Vol. 45, no.1, 12-23. Sea buckthorn oils: Towards
healthy mucous membranes. Erkkola, R. & Yang, B., 2003, AGROFood
Industry, 53 (3).]
Which Brand is the Best?
Like every new product on the market, suddenly everyone has a
version for sale, claiming theirs is the best. Pages and pages (and
silly non-video videos) will tell you everything you want to hear
(and more) and make all the claims in the world.
I discovered Cardia-7. I contacted them. They sent samples. They
were the ONLY ones to send us samples. Their product is purified
(none of that palmitic acid) and it works. Then sent me lots of
original research and helped me understand their product. Service is
important, so this is and will be my favorite brand.
We could point you to purchase Cardia-7 through our affiliate links,
but I helped
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P.S. I recently had my CRP levels checked along with the
my entire "inflammation index." Though I had put on some belly
fat over the winter, everything was in the normal (perfect) range. I take