Omega-7 fatty acids, or otherwise known as Palmitoleic acid, are a class of unsaturated fatty acids. They’re rare in the plant kingdom and even scarcer in the animal world. The richest source of this incredible fatty acid is sea buckthorn berry oils. It has the highest Omega-7 potency of any known natural source. Review our sources of Omega 7 here.
Recently, Omega-7 has gained rapid momentum in the natural health field for the growing pool of evidence recognizing its many health benefits. Even stars in health care media, such as Dr. Oz, have called Omega-7 the next big thing for 2014. Click here to learn more about that episode.
Omega 7 Health Benefits
Hair, Skin and Nails
Shiny hair, glowing skin, and healthy nails are common results of sea buckthorn oil intake with its heavy Omega-7 concentration. Sea buckthorn is commonly seen in health food stores as an addition to skincare, haircare, and other personal care products.It’s also commonly recommended to help fight premature aging symptoms such as wrinkles, dryness, loss of elasticity, and other signs of aging.
In 2011 Dr. Oz did a show on sea buckthorn for weight loss. He featured a study of two mice on the same high fat diet. One supplemented with sea buckthorn and the other did not. At the studies end the sea buckthorn mouse maintained his weight and physique while the other mouse became visibly obese. According to Dr. Oz, this “miracle berry” and it’s Omega-7 content are thought to signal the body to stop storing fat although it’s not yet fully understood why.
Recently Omega-7 has been on the radar for it’s benefits to cardiovascular health. Omega-7 has shown promise for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels.
There was a recorded decrease in cholesterol and triglycerides for rats given Omega-7 in a 16-week study. Outside of managing cholesterol levels, Omega-7 is thought to help smooth artery passage which helps artery walls stay strong.
Omega-7 is known for nourishing and lubricating the mucous membranes so they can function at their full capacity. This is likely the reason sea buckthorn can help with so many gastrointestinal issues such as acidity and ulcers. The GI tract can benefit from omega-7 because of the ability to improve cell membrane recovery and support a healthy inflammation response. Verified studies have shown that Horses who are fed sea buckthorn suffer fewer ulcers and recover faster than those who don’t. Even Dr. Oz mentioned omega-7’s ability to help with constipation since it lubricates the bowel tract.
Omega-7 is a fatty acid with tremendous benefits for dryness. Externally it provides the nourishment and moisture needed to repel harsh conditions, chapped and cracked skin. Internally, it aids the body’s lubrication channels from the inside out such as the hair, skin, and nails.
Recent studies have shown Omega-7 to benefit those suffering from dry eye conditions since it nourishes and moisturizes the mucous membranes. Women with post-menopausal vaginal dryness have also experienced success taking sea buckthorn internally for it’s mucous membrane nourishing Omega 7.