Dr. Michael Roizen, NY Times Best-selling Author, and YOU Doc, appeared on the Dr. Oz show recently to help provide new information Americans need to start using right now to fight off disease, and live longer, healthier lives. Drs. Oz & Roizen’s first recommendation was a new omega, Omega 7, and they said Americans should get get 3-4 servings of Omega 7 every week because it has been shown to support heart healthy cholesterol, triglycerides, and even decrease inflammation–and to get Omega 7 from macadamia nuts and anchovies.
An alternative to anchovies and macadamia nuts
For the 300 million people who aren’t flocking to the supermarkets to stock on up anchovies and macadamia nuts, it is possible to take a purified Omega 7 in the form of a supplement.
An alternative is a purified Omega 7 supplement – just one small softgel per day. In a recent double-blind placebo controlled study, a daily intake of 210 mg of Omega 7 was better than placebo at managing cholesterol, triglycerides, and a healthy response to inflammation.*
With 51% palmitoleic acid, and none of the harmful palmitic acids Roizen warns us to avoid, the best way to choose an omega-7 supplement is by checking the product’s nutritional information.
“Look on the label or the website to see how much palmitic acid the product contains. You should only rely on supplements that say ‘Palmitic Acid-Free’ and ‘Purified Omega-7′”.
Referencing a study in Japan, Dr. Roizen affirmed there was less diabetes, less omental (“bad belly fat”) that causes inflammation, lower “lousy” LDL cholesterol, higher “healthy” HDL cholesterol, and decreased fatty livers. Roizen said that America has an epidemic of fatty liver disease, which he said is a “big deal” — 1% fatty livers to 10% in 2000 to 35% in 2007. Fatty liver is caused by excessive fats in the blood building up in the liver.
In addition to reducing the buildup of hepatic fat (“fatty liver”), Roizen also revealed that Omega 7 has been shown to stop plaque development. “It’s not just cholesterol but also inflammation you have to watch out for. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) indicate how inflamed your artery walls are. Reduce that inflammation, and you may lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, memory loss, wrinkles and even impotence–which all stem from the same cause: atherosclerosis.”
So if you’re not getting enough Omega 7 from foods, you can always take a supplement.