Dear Healthier Talk,
I celebrated my 50th birthday last year. Although I still don’t feel a day over 30 when I hit that milestone it was like some sort of switch went off and I suddenly started gaining weight.
Now, despite trying to eat healthy and exercise, my weight keeps slowly creeping up. I knew losing weight got a bit harder as you get older, but this is ridiculous.
To make matters worse, at my doctor’s visit last month they told me my cholesterol is now starting to go up too!
—Fighting After-50 Spread in Florida
Fatty acid research has revealed an exciting breakthrough in our understanding of fat metabolism. And what researchers uncovered could end up driving real-world results to those of us fighting off mid-life weight gain.
Most people have heard of omega-3 fatty acids by now, and that’s a good thing because they’re incredibly healthy for us. But few folks have heard of omega-7s and that’s a real shame because there health benefits are equally as impressive.
In fact, omega-7s could be a key player in kick starting a sluggish metabolism into gear and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Inflammation could make losing weight difficult
It turns out that despite your best efforts to eat healthy and exercise inflammation at the cellular level could still cause a communication breakdown that keeps your greedy fat cells from getting the message to let go of some of the fat they’re hoarding.
But the good news is that we may not just have to live with that inflammation and the weight gain that can come with it. Because according to researchers omega-7s can target the inflammation that’s standing in the way of efficient fat-cell communication.
Researchers at the University of Naples found that within just a month the omega-7s had reduced communication-blocking inflammation by an incredible 73 percent.1,2 And that improvement could help “wake up” those sluggish fat cells so you can shed those troubling extra pounds.
But omega-7s benefits don’t end there, they could also help you feel fuller. A study published in the journal Appetite found that the fatty acid increases the secretion of appetite-suppressing hormones.3 And of course when you don’t feel hungry you effortlessly eat less, which could help you reverse the numbers on the scale too.
Keep cholesterol in check too
Cholesterol may have met its match in omega-7s too. For example, when University of Hawaii scientists tested the effects of a diet high in omega-7-rich macadamia nuts they reported significant improvements in total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.4 Other clinical testing done at the Cleveland clinic resulted in a dramatic 85 percent improvement in HDL (good) cholesterol levels and improved plaque levels.5
You can increase your omega-7 fatty acid levels by eating more salmon, anchovies, olive oil and macadamia oil. But some sources of omega-7s, such as macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn, also contain the unhealthy saturated fat palmitic acid, so a supplement may be a better choice. Just make sure to choose a pure, quality oil from a maker you trust. We recommend an omega-7 extracted from deep sea anchovies (instead of sea buckthorn) such as Provinal.
1. “The Effects of Diet on Inflammation: Emphasis on the Metabolic Syndrome,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 48, Issue 4, 15 August 2006, Pages 677–685
2. “Consumption of trans fatty acids is related to plasma biomarkers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction,” J Nutr, 135 (2005), pp. 562–566
3. “Oral administration of omega-7 palmitoleic acid induces satiety and the release of appetite-related hormones in male rats,” Appetite. 2013 Jun;65:1-7. Epub 2013 Jan 30.
4. “Serum Lipid Effects of a High–Monounsaturated Fat Diet Based on Macadamia Nuts,” Arch Intern Med. 2000;160:1154-1158
5. “Effects of Palmitoleic Acid on HDL levels and Cholesterol Deposition in Apo-E Mice,” Research sponsored by Tersus Pharmaceuticals, LLC and performed at the Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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