Omega-7 is a hard to find fatty acid that does much for the body. You may have heard of it but may not be sure why it can be beneficial. This quick guide will go over the basics.
Where does it come from?
You can find Omega-7 in some animal sources, like fish, or plant sources. Sea buckthorn has the most naturally occurring Omega-7 of all plants and animals. It is found specifically in the berries of the sea buckthorn plant, which is one kind of oil that we produce for supplements. Sea buckthorn is also known as sea berry or sand thorn.
Omega-7 for Hair, Skin and Nails
One of the main reasons you are likely seeing more and more beauty products with sea buckthorn oil as an ingredient is Omega-7. It can have a moisturizing effect on the skin and hair while supporting stronger nails. Sea buckthorn’s latin name roughly translates to “shiny-horse”. The ancient Greeks noticed that horses who fed on sea buckthorn had the most beautiful coats. Omega-7 works on a cellular level by supporting the health of mucous membranes and cells. The end result is one of nature’s most perfect beauty remedies with some of the best age defying properties.
More studies are done every year using Omega-7 from sea buckthorn. 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 the artery passages which could artery walls stay strong. Gastrointestinal Tract Because of its cellular supporting qualities, Omega-7 is also known to lubricate the gastrointestinal system. Studies have shown that sea buckthorn oils are helpful with ulcers in soft tissues and Omega-7 is likely the reason why.
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 its mucous membrane nourishing Omega-7. One study even showed improvement in the dryness and discomfort for patients with Sjögren's syndrome.
Effects of sea buckthorn oil on the oral mucosa of Sjögren's syndrome patients: a pilot study Le Bell AM, Söderling E, Rantanen I, Yang B, Kallio H. Presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Annual Meeting. San Diego, California. March 6 - 9, 2001.