What is Omega 7?
What is Omega 7?
Omega 7 may be less well-known than omegas 3 and 6, but don’t let that deter you from enjoying its many health benefits. This rare fatty acid has shown promise for supporting digestive health, the cardiovascular system, inflammation, and healthy skin, hair, and nails, earning it the moniker of the ‘Beauty Omega’!
Omega 7 or palmitoleic acid is monounsaturated and is found most abundantly in sea buckthorn berry oil. It is also found in all body tissues, with higher concentrations in skin and fat, but it’s relatively rare in the diet, meaning we don’t get a lot of it without making a concerted effort. Adding a supplemental source of omega 7, and even using it topically, can help nourish tissues for an inner and outer glow.
Here are a few of the potential health benefits of omega 7
Healthy skin, hair, and nails
Fans of sea buckthorn oil often tout its benefits for shiny hair, strong nails, and fresh-looking, youthful skin. This natural oil is certainly a popular addition in many beauty products and is often used to help prevent skin dryness and signs of premature ageing such as wrinkles.
Omega 7 helps nourish mucous membranes that line the whole digestive tract. This can help soothe irritated and inflamed digestive tissues. In one study, people taking omega 7 for 30 days had a 44% reduction in C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation in the body. This suggests sea buckthorn oil would be of benefit for those experiencing digestive distress related to ongoing inflammation, though research is limited for this use.
Omega 7 for dry eyes and other dry tissues
Sea buckthorn oil has a reputation for relieving dryness throughout the body. This makes it useful for dry eyes, a dry mouth, and vaginal dryness that can lead to irritation and increased risk of infection. It’s no wonder that sea buckthorn is popular with folks going through menopause or chemotherapy, and for sufferers of Sjogren’s syndrome.
A natural antioxidant
Sea buckthorn oil is not just a source of omega 7, it is also rich in antioxidants and other fatty acids that support a healthy inflammatory response and help protect delicate tissues. These antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, and various carotenoids, with benefits for the eyes, immune system, and all-round health.
Supporting metabolic health and weight management
Some newer research suggests that omega 7 may have benefits for weight management, blood lipid levels, and blood sugar regulation. Omega 7 appears to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, for instance, by improving fat breakdown and fat burning and lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
In one large study, those taking omega 7 for 30 days had a 15% reduction in triglycerides and an 8% reduction in LDL cholesterol; beneficial HDL cholesterol increased by 5%.
Omega 7 may also support blood sugar regulation, including improving insulin sensitivity. This means that the body can use dietary sugars more effectively and avoid glucose being stored as body fat. Research has found that blood levels of omega 7 correlated with insulin sensitivity, regardless of a person’s age, sex, or body weight. In a large study involving data from more than 3,600 people, results showed that a higher blood level of omega 7 was associated with a 59-62% reduction in the risk of diabetes.
Given that sea buckthorn may also offer protective antioxidant benefits, it seems that this source of omega 7 could be an excellent natural option for keeping arteries and other blood vessels strong and healthy and supporting the whole metabolic system.
The best source of omega 7
As mentioned, omega 7 is relatively rare compared to omega 3, 6, and 9. The fatty acid is found in some plants and animal-derived foods, including fish. However, the amount in fish is very low and is hard to extract, requiring significant processing. This can lead to unstable omega 7 that is more likely to go rancid, with little to no benefits for health.
With sea buckthorn, the natural omega 7 content is very high and the other components of the oil offer additional benefits, meaning that it makes little sense to refine the oil to separate the omega 7. Instead, cold pressing at very low temperatures helps preserve nutrients, creating the most beneficial omega 7 supplement.
Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil from Pharma Nord is produced from the berry and seed of the sea buckthorn plant and is a source of omega 7, vitamin A, and omega 3, 6, and 9. It also contains other antioxidants including tocopherols, tocotrienols, carotenoids, plant sterols and vitamin C.
In a survey of more than 4,000 customers taking Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil, Pharma Nord found that more than 92% felt benefits in 6 weeks or less. Benefits included helping with dry eyes and mouth, as well as vaginal dryness, with more than 98% of customers saying they would recommend the supplement.
Pharm Nord Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and is best taken with food. The recommended dosage is 2 capsules twice a day for the first two weeks and then 1 capsule twice a day thereafter.