Lipids or fats are compounds that have numerous functions in the body (constituents of tissues, energy metabolism, hormone formation, energy function ...) Fatty acids are constituent molecules of fats or lipids. These fatty acids are joined to form linear chains and depending on whether they bind with double bonds (bonds) or not, they can be classified as saturated (do not bind with double bonds) or unsaturated (double bonds). This also determines its state at room temperature, being saturated fats solid at room temperature and unsaturated liquids or more fluid at room temperature.

The Omegas are unsaturated fatty acids, i.e. double bonds in their structure and are usually liquid at room temperature. If they only have a double bond in their chain, they are monounsaturated and if they have several double bonds they are polyunsaturated.

Omega 7

The Omega 7 is a fatty acid also called palmitoleic acid. It is part of monounsaturated fatty acids and non-essential Omega. Although it is not essential (the body can synthesize it), its intake has numerous health benefits:

• Improves cardiovascular health by helping to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and improves levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

• Helps to prevent the onset of diabetes.

• Beneficial for the skin: acts as a nutrient for the skin and promotes the production of collagen, keeping the skin soft and smooth. It also has anti-aging effect due to its antioxidant properties. It helps in cases of eczema, dermatitis, itching, wound healing ... and other skin pathologies. In addition, it repairs skin damage caused by sun exposure.

• Beneficial for the mucous membranes and eyes: it prevents the dryness of the mucous membranes and eyes, keeping them hydrated and lubricated. It helps the healing of wounds in those areas such as mouth sores, eye ulcers...

• Like the other Omegas, Omega 7 has an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, reducing pain.

As far as we can see, Omega 7 has numerous properties and its intake has many health benefits. So now the question is ... where can we find the Omega 7? Many foods contain Omega 7 in greater or lesser amounts. Let's see some of omega 7 foods.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts are nuts from Australia. They are very nutritious and energetic, with many health properties. It has a high content of vitamins and minerals; and they have an antioxidant effect. Macadamia nuts contain omegas, including Omega 7. They are one of the foods that (along with the berries of sea buckthorn) contain more of Omega 7. 20 g of macadamia nuts contains approximately 3000 mg of Omega 7.

Avocado

Another vegetable rich in Omega 7 is avocado. The avocado is a fruit rich in vitamins (vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin B5, vitamin E, beta carotene ...), fiber and good fats (constitute approximately 25% of their weight). It contains healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, Omega 3, oleic acid, Omega 6 and Omega 7. 100g of avocado contains approximately 900 mg of Omega 7.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a vegetable fat that is extracted from the fruit of the olive tree. Its use is widespread in the kitchen, as a condiment in most cooking recipes, salad dressing, preparation of meat and fish ... It is a liquid fat at room temperature rich in oleic acid, fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin E), acids fatty and omegas.

Olive oil contains small amounts of Omega 7 (a tablespoon of olive oil contains approximately 66 mg of Omega 7) so it will help protect the mucous membranes and skin, while regenerating them. It can be ingested (nourishing on the inside) or applied directly to the skin as body oil, greatly improving its appearance. In addition, the daily intake of olive oil will protect cells from oxidative damage, improve eyesight and heart, and decrease inflammation.

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