Slash killer inflammation with the 'other omega'

It's one of the best-kept secrets in natural medicine: an omega with the power to protect your heart and prevent chronic disease.

And it's not the one you're thinking of (it's a secret, after all).

It's not the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, which even mainstream doctors now recommend to help fight inflammation and protect the heart.

It's the "other omega," and it's not getting nearly as much attention.

That should change -- and soon -- because emerging science shows how this other omega might be even more powerful when it comes to fighting off chronic disease.

It's called omega-7, and the latest research from the world-famous Cleveland Clinic finds it can slash your levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) by 44 percent.

CRP is a key marker of inflammation that's been repeatedly linked to heart attack, stroke, heart disease and peripheral arterial disease. It's also been linked to dementia, diabetes and more -- which means that cutting your levels of this inflammation marker can cut all of those risks at once.

And that's not all omega-7 can do for you.

The same new study in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology finds omega 7 in the form of palmitoleic acid supplements can boost levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol by 5 percent while cutting LDL ("bad") cholesterol by 8 percent and triglycerides by 15 percent.

I can't tell you how big that is.

Big Pharma has been working for years on a drug to cut CRP levels. They've also wasted billions trying to concoct a med to boost HDL cholesterol.

They've come up empty every time.

The industry has also been hard at work on a drug to attack triglycerides, and so far the best they've come up with is an overpriced synthetic version of the same omega-3 fatty acids you can find on the cheap in any vitamin shop.

Yet omega-7 doesn't just do one of those things. It does all those things at once -- and it does them well.

The only problem is getting it, because while there are a number of sources of omega-7 out there many come from plants such as sea buckthorn. Plant sources of omega-7 can be high in a dangerous saturated fat called palmitic acid.

Look instead for a form of omega-7 that comes from fish, and make sure it's been purified to remove the palmitic acid.