This is a monounsaturated fat and among eight others that are part of the omega 7 fatty acid group. This group shares a common feature - they all have a double bond at the number 7 carbon atom of the fatty acid chain. Unlike the omega-6 and omega-3 fats found in seeds, nuts, eggs, and fish, omega-7 fats are not essential fatty acids because your body can make them endogenously. Just like other fatty acids like caprylic acid in MCT Oil, palmitoleic acid is made mostly of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Here are some amazing benefits:
HEAR HEALTH - Various studies reveal that this acid may decrease a person’s chances of developing high blood pressure and atherosclerosis by reducing blood vessel swelling. It has also been found to strengthen the immune system.
INSULIN SENSITIVITY - In some research this has been found to offer protection against insulin resistance caused when the body cells do not respond to insulin. Various studies have shown that omega-7 fatty acids may increase the metabolism of glucose.
REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND SWELLING - Obesity and too much alcohol consumption can cause swelling in the internal organs, leading to fatty liver disease. The research shows that the palmitoleic acid suppresses inflammatory cytokines and thereby improves insulin sensitivity.
NORMAL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS - Research has shown that omega-7 fatty acids increase good HDL levels while at the same time decreasing bad LDL levels. This is done by balancing levels of C-reactive protein.
IMPROVES SATIETY - Whatever form you use it in, it makes you feel fuller. Research has also found that omega-7 fatty acids may decrease total blood lipids, fat-cell size and increase fat burning. Foods rich in omega-7 fatty acids include macadamia nuts and oil, sea buckthorn oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. You may want to give it a try.