First lipid hormone discovered

Fatty acid helps boost insulin action and protects against fat buildup in the liver.

By Tina Hesman Saey, 10:08 AM September 18, 2008

Some fats are just better than others. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as the fats that compose fish oil, have been recognized for their health-promoting benefits.

Well, move over, omega-3s; now there’s a fat that’s even phatter. Researchers at HarvardUniversity and Lipomics Technologies in West Sacramento, Calif., have discovered that a fatty acid can make mice super healthy.

An omega-7 fatty acid called C16:1n7-palmitoleate works as a health-promoting hormone, the researchers report September...

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