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Have you taken your omega-7s today?

If you follow nutrition information even half-heartedly, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of omega-3 fatty acids, the fats derived primarily from fish that are thought to be good for our hearts and brains, and that can reduce inflammation throughout the body. Then there are omega-6 fatty acids, which essentially serve as the yang to omega-3s’ yin: While some argue they are harmful to us in the large amounts that we currently consume them (especially as processed oils, though this remains an area of debate), they are also considered heart healthy. Less well-known, but still relevant are the omega-9 fatty acids, which can be derived from the likes of olive oil. Unlike omega-3s and omega-6s, however, omega-9 fatty acids can be manufactured in our body, and are therefore not actually essential to a healthy diet. So what are omega-7s, and why do they matter?…

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