The Greatness of Omega 7
If by now, you haven’t got on the omega 3-6-9 bandwagon, you’ve probably been living in a cave. To bring the cave-women (and men) up to speed, omega or essential fatty acids (EFAs) are good fats that your body needs to build healthy cells. Their importance to cellular health can be seen by the fact that the DHA present in Omega 3 helps build babies brain and nervous system while they’re still in the womb.
Recently though, Omega 7 has been garnering plenty of attention. It’s getting so popular that Harvard Medical School has even applied for a patent on this EFA. The reason is that it protects against metabolic syndrome aka the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
A study was done by the Cleveland Clinic with patients who had stubbornly high lipid levels. When a purified 840 mg omega-7 was given over a period of 8-12 weeks, it was found that their cholesterol and triglyceride levels dropped by as much as 30%.
Because omega 7 reduces inflammation, its also wonderful for the skin when eaten or applied. It is available in fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, sardines and trout, and its vegetarian sources include sea buckthorn, and macadamia nuts.
I have been taking omega 7 supplements for a few months and it has helped calm my complexion. There’s lesser redness and a plump, bounciness on the skin. I take four gel capsules from Sibu (you can get it on http://www.iherb.com) everyday. Alongside, I apply a few drops of Purearth’s Illumine Face Elixir, a few times a week – it also contains sea buckthorn oil along with rosehip and macadamia nut oils.
But as with any supplement, consult your doctor beforehand taking it.