The omega you're missing
If I had a quarter for every time the talking head TV docs managed to get it right, I'd have enough money to buy a cup of coffee (and a small one at that).
Yeah, it doesn't happen very often, so mark this week on your calendar -- because the latest buzz is that a major daytime health show may soon be letting their audience in on a powerful fatty acid that could hold the key to insulin sensitivity and maybe even prevent diabetes.
It's called omega 7, and I'm sure this will seem like cutting-edge stuff to this TV doc's audience... and I guess in a sense it is.
But if you're a longtime reader of the Daily Dose, this won't be news to you. I've been telling you about omega 7 for ages now, including two studies that show how this stuff just might help you to improve your insulin sensitivity, get blood sugar under control and even AVOID diabetes.
One finds that palmitoleic acid (a form of omega 7) significantly decreases glucose levels in mice. The other, which comes to us from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, finds omega 7 can boost levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and improve artery health in mice.
Yes, these are mice and not people. And yes, we need human trials before we can say beyond all doubt that omega 7 will have the same disease-beating effect in humans. But the early word is promising enough for me -- and, apparently, it may turn out to be promising enough for one popular TV doc to share with his audience, too.
Of course, once omega 7's start getting national coverage the supply of this powerful fatty acid is likely to run short. So you might want to grab a few bottles for yourself before they become scarce.
But allow me to let you in on a secret -- one that might not filter down to the general public, and that's the fact that not all omega 7s are created equal.
Some of the stuff on the market is derived from plant oils, and contains a natural but VERY unhealthy form of saturated fat. Saturated fats from seafood (and meat, for that matter) are safe and healthy -- so look for a source of omega 7 that comes from fish instead.