A Good Fat? That helps you lose weight? For real?

You might not be aware that adipose tissue (commonly known as body fat) produces hormones, such as Leptin, which regulates weight gain.

A breakthrough discovery

Omega 7 Palmitoleic Acid

The thin mouse was administered Palmitoleic Acid

In the fall of 2008, the journal “Cell” reported the discovery of a new type of adipose hormone. This one was unusual, in that it is a “lipokine“, a new class of hormone that is not a steroid or protein–but a fatty acid.

The newly discovered lipokine is called C16:1n7-palmitoleate. It is a particular version of a sixteen-carbon chain derived from the monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) palmitoleic acid.

The positive health benefits of monounsaturated fats…

“MUFAs have universally been shown to show positive health benefits, whereas the saturated fatty acids are known to be the “bad actors” in the western diet,” says Dr. Michael Roizen, Chairman of  the Scientific Advisory Board at Tersus Pharmaceuticals. “But Palmitoleic Acid is a fatty acid that is somewhat rare, in that it is not commonly found circulating in high quantities in the blood. It is actually produced by the body itself from a more noxious fatty acid, called palmitic acid, during the desaturase process–the process by which the body converts a saturated compound to one that is unsaturated. ”

Scientists have established that this new lipokine, Omega 7 Palmitoleic Acid (C16:1n7-palmitoleate) has several important health benefits, notably:

  • increases insulin sensitivity
  • regulates of the liver’s handling of fats, reducing buildup of harmful fats
  • reduces the inflammation mediators normally produced by adipose tissue (reducing the inflammation associated with diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems)

Measuring the good and the bad

According to a sample report sourced from the website of “Omega Quant“, a company that offers a red blood cell fatty acid profile test, the palmitic to palmitoleic acid ratio is over 100 to 1. This could very well represent the average American — due to our unhealthy diet which is high in saturated fats (“bad fats”), and low in monounsaturated fats (“good fats”).

A new kind of Omega?

Palmitoleic Acid

C16:1n7-palmitoleate, a “Lipokine”

“People are starting to realize … that Palmitoleic Acid has a broader and perhaps more significant pharmacologic profile than Omega 3’s. There is evidence to suggest that oral administration of C16:1n7-palmitoleate neutralizes the negative effects of palmitic acid,” says Dr. Roizen. “There is also newly uncovered evidence that shows that Palmitoleic Acid–this rare omega-7 fatty acid derived from the monounsaturated (MUFA) family of fatty acids–is five times more potent than omega-3 at lowering triglycerides.”

The Next Omega…

A fat that helps you lose weight, increase insulin sensitivity, and better regulate metabolic function?!?

Red Blood Fatty Acid Profile

The Bad to Good Ratio is over 100 to 1

Source: “Omega Quant Red Blood Cell Fatty Acid Profile“.  In this sample, which could represent the Average American fatty acid profile, 21.1% of the fatty acids are palmitic acids–and just .2% are palmitoleic acids; the bad outweighs the good over 100 to 1.

A fat that helps you lose weight, increase insulin sensitivity, and better regulate metabolic function?!?

That is the reason why we’re calling Omega 7 Palmitoleic Acid “The Next Omega”.

What do you think? Too good to be true?


Identification of a Lipokine, a Lipid Hormone Linking Adipose Tissue to Systemic Metabolism, Cao, et al. Cell, Vol 134, 933-944, 19 September 2008

First Lipid Hormone Discovered, Science News (web edition, September18, 2008)

Discovery Of ‘Lipokine’ Signaling Could Eventually Lead To New Treatments For Obesity-Related Conditions, Medical News Today September 19, 2008

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A recent scientific breakthrough shows us that Palmitoleic Acid, the active ingredient in Cardia 7, is five times more powerful than Omega 3 at lowering triglycerides! It is truly “The Heartier Omega”!

Read “Stopping the Silent Killer“, Muscle & Body Magazine, February 2012

Note: While there are current formulations of Omega 7 on the market they should not be confused with Cardia 7. The concentration of Palmitic Acid from sea buckthorn sources contains upwards of 40%, which actually exceeds the concentration in those preparations of the “good fatty acid”, Palmitoleic Acid.  

* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your doctor before taking any dietary supplements.