Sunday, September 26, 2010

Omega 3 Controversy - What's the Best Source of this Crucial Oil for Human Health

In the health community, there is much dispute as to the efficiency of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. What works best? What is the most bio-available? Lets take a look...

When we talk about Omega 3s, we are talking about a group of oils that are essential for human health, that is, they cannot be manufactured by the body. The body requires a constant exogenous supply of these oils, or else, our health deteriorates as we get older and are exposed to free radicals. Omega 3s help to preserve our health by protecting cells from oxidation (rust on the cells) which leads to aging and eventually, death.

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Dr. Alexis Carrel states, “The cell is immortal, it is merely the fluid surrounding the cell that degenerates, replace this fluid and life may go on forever.” So with his theory (or finding rather) in mind, if we can preserve our cells from oxidizing, we may live a lot longer than science tells us is possible. While Omega 3s may not necessarily be the elixir of immortality, they are one of the forefronts when it comes to building & preserving our health. EPA & DHA are also included in the Omega 3 category, which are not found in the plant kingdom and must be obtained by other means. The only exception to this is purslane which is said to contain EPA and certain types of marine alage which have been found to contain DHA. In this article, I will be focusing primarily on LNA (Alpha Linolenic acid) and LA (Linoleic acid.) Here's a basis for Omega 3s found in the plant kingdom:
  • Flaxseeds are a great start for most health enthusiasts, but have their downsides as well. Since they're very high in lignans, they tend to have an estrogenic effect on the physical constitution if consumed for extended periods of time. While this may be favorable to some, its definitely not in the best interest for others. I also feel that the Omega 3s present in flax seeds are poorly absorbed, unless you are taking flax seed oil (with the roughage removed.)

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  • Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on Earth. They contain 20x more Omega 3's than salmon, 6x more calcium than whole milk, 4x more protein than kidney beans, & 2x more fiber than bran flakes! They are also very high in Omega 3s, but once again, unless you are taking the straight oil of the chia seeds, they're not the best in terms of bio availability of the Omega 3 oils.

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  • Hemp seeds and hempseed oil have been called, "Nature's Perfect Food for Humanity." The oil contains up to 80% EFA. They are one of the most balanced sources of Omega 3 oils, as Wikipedia states, "The oil is of high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body.[1]" Unlike flaxseeds and chia seeds, hempseeds are the best in terms of bio-availability. They are the only nut/seed that are free of enzyme inhibitors which impair digestion and can actually cause nutrient deficiencies. They also contain a rare protein called edestin that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. Did I mention that they are also a good source of chlorophyll? Hempseeds are the only seed (that I know of) which contain chlorophyll. All other nuts/seeds in the plant kingdom are devoid of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants that synthesize energy from sunlight. They also do the same in our bodies, allowing our cells to produce more energy and vitality. Chlorophyll is only 1 molecule away from hemoglobin (the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium instead of iron.) Chlorophyll acts as a blood purifier, cleansing our system of waste & impurities that lead to dis-ease. Hemp has had a long history with humanity and it is no exaggeration to say that it is a miracle plant, providing everything a civilization could ever ask for...

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In 1955 the Czechoslovakian Tubercular Nutrition Study concluded that hemp seed was the "Only food that can successfully treat the consumptive disease tuberculosis, in which the nutritive processes are impaired and the body wastes away"(Robinson 1996).

And then, there's the unheard-of magical bean coming to us all the way from the Amazon basin...

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    • Sacha Inchi oil is the most concentrated source of Omega 3s out of any food on the planet! Sacha Inchi oil was found to contain a whooping 45% Omega 3, more than any other oil in the plant kingdom. The Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis linneo) plant is indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon Forest. It produces small nuts that are extremely rich in high quality, nutritious vegetable oil. Interestingly enough, Sacha Inchi oil was awarded the gold medal for excellent organoleptic qualities at the World Edible Oils competition in Paris, in 2004. The oil is said to help with the following conditions: High cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes/weight loss, depression/mental health, arthritis, skin/asthma/ulcers/migraine/glaucoma & others. Here's where to get them...

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Peace & Blessings,

~Myrddin

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