Find out about an exceptional source of omega-3 and more

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(NaturalNews) Finding the right inexpensive source of omega-3 fatty acids is trickier than ever before. Fish are a great dietary source. But sea life has been exposed to many toxins lately. And seafood is not so cheap. Flax seeds or oils (organic) are good inexpensive, safe sources of omega-3. But chia seeds are more convenient and even higher in omega-3.

The Importance of Omega-3

Omega-3 is one of the “essential fatty acids” we need in our diets. Essential means we have to obtain that nutrient from outside sources. Our bodies don’t manufacture enough. Because of our diets, most westerners are nutritionally deficient of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is important for brain and nerve tissue. It is critical for good heart health. Omega-3 ALA deficiency is associated with degenerative diseases and immune dysfunction. Other essential fatty acids are omega-6 and omega-9.

While most of us tend to be deficient of omega-3, omega-6 is overly abundant. Omega-6 is found in most nut and plant oils. Unfortunately, most consume too many of those oils in their processed toxic forms. Heat processed oils are toxic.

They are used for cooking often when they shouldn’t be used at all. And they are prevalent in most processed foods as well. Only cold pressed oils should be used for omega-6 or omega-3.

In addition to increasing our omega-3 intake, we should limit our omega-6 oil consumption to create a proper balance. Many health experts consider that our omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be 3 to 1 or less.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming 500 mgs of omega-3 daily. A recent Global Summit for Omega-3 stated the daily amount should be 1000 mgs.

Chia Seed Benefits

Chia seeds come from the Salvia Hispanica plant that grows abundantly in Southern Mexican deserts. It was used by Aztec warriors for endurance. Native Americans also used chia seeds medicinally.

A small amount with water provided them with necessary nutrients while helping them stay hydrated. Because they absorb water so much, chia seeds will help you feel full longer with less food. Dieters will appreciate that.

Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t have to be ground for consumption. They are easily chewed as is. And unlike ground flax seeds, chia seeds don’t deteriorate rapidly. They can be mixed in water or juice without any weird taste. A Chia Seed Gel can be formed with chia seeds and water, which is then refrigerated and then eaten like a gelatin dessert.

Even eating the seeds or drinking them with a beverage will form a gel in the stomach which is up to 90% fiber. This is useful as an overall digestive and elimination aid. And it minimizes blood sugar spikes by slowing carbohydrate conversions to glucose. So it’s okay for even diabetics.

More Nutrition

The nutritional content of chia goes beyond ALA omega-3 fatty acids. It is very high in calcium, which is transferred to bones with the help of chia’s abundant trace mineral boron. This boron factor is important. Calcium that gets into the blood stream can reach soft tissues of organs and calcify or harden them if it isn’t absorbed by bone matter.

Chia seeds also contain twice as much protein as any other seed or grain. And yes, good omega-6 is available in chia seeds as well. So there, one can begin the omega-6 and omega-3 balancing act. There are many other antioxidants and nutrients in chia seeds, including phosphorous and manganese.

Find out about an exceptional source of omega-3 and more.

What you need to know about omega-3s (Opinion)

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(NaturalNews) Rather than get really technical and bore you to death with long chemical words, there are two fatty acids that are considered “essential”. One is omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid) and the other is omega-6 (linoleic acid). Both are polyunsaturated oils and are considered “essential” because the body cannot produce them on its own, despite the body needing them for many functions. Because of this we must make sure that we get enough of these “essentials”. Omega-6s are easier to get through various oils like corn, safflower and sunflower.

It is, however, most important to make sure that we get adequate intakes of omega-3s for many, many reasons. Inflammation reduction, preventing excessive blood clotting, maintaining cell membrane fluidity, lowering the amounts of fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream, decrease thickening in the arteries, causing the arteries to dilate and relax, minimize arthrosclerosis, reduce the risk of obesity by stimulating the secretion of leptin, the hormone that helps to regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and helps to prevent the growth of cancer cells.

In a more practical approach, looking at what conditions or symptoms in the body would indicate a need for more omega-3s, we find that depression, cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, fatigue, dry itchy skin, brittle hair and nails, inability to concentrate and joint pain to be the more prevalent. Adding insult to injury we add Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, ADHD, migraine headaches, and multiple sclerosis. What I find extremely interesting is that the combination of omega-3s and organic sulfur crystals, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc will keep you amazingly healthy.

But omega-3s, like polyunsaturated oils, are damaged from heat, light and air. When exposed to these for too long rancidity occurs. Not only is the flavor and smell altered but also the creation of free radicals is increased. So, polyunsaturated fatty acids must be stored in dark glass, tightly closed containers in the refrigerator or freezer. What’s funny about this is that the people who simply want to make a buck tell us that salmon is the best source of omega-3s. For you guys that eat salmon, don’t you usually cook it before you eat it?

The very best source of omega-3s are chia seeds, which have a density value percentage of 609.7 (the DV% of salmon is 87.1), followed by flax seeds (146.2%) and walnuts (94.6%), In addition, chia seeds have 6 times more calcium than milk, 3 times more iron than spinach, 2 times more potassium than bananas, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, 2 times more fiber than bran flakes, 6 times more protein than kidney beans, 9 times more phosphorus than whole milk and more antioxidants than blueberries.

The bottom line is that the plant world will keep you well, as long as you consume as much organic as you can and stay away from GMOs, and the flesh world will drag you down and make and keep you ill. Keep your money in your own pocket and stop giving it to a person that will give you repeated prescriptions for synthetic chemicals that will give you other symptoms you never had before and which the politicians have passed laws against you suing for what happens to you from ingesting these deadly synthetic chemicals.

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About the author:
I have been doing a weekly radio show in Honolulu since 1981 called “Health Talk”. In 2007 I was “forced” to get a Masters degree in Nutrition because of all the doctors that would call in asking for my credentials. They do not call in anymore. Going to www.healthtalkhawaii.com enables you, among other things, to listen to the shows. I am an activist. In addition to espousing an organic vegan diet for optimum health, I am strongly opposed to GMOs, vaccines, processed foods, MSG, aspartame, fluoridation and everything else that the pimps (Big Pharma, Monsanto and the large food companies) and the hookers (the doctors, the government agencies, and the public health officials) thrust upon us, the tricks.
After being vaccinated with the MMS vaccine as a toddler I developed asthma. After taking the organic sulfur crystals in November of 2008 for 10 days my asthma reversed and has not come back over 2 years later. You can find out more about this incredible nutrient also on my website – www.healthtalkhawaii.com – Products and Services.
I am 72. I have been a vegetarian for 36 years and a vegan for 21. I have no illnesses and take no meds. I play basketball 2 hours a week, am in 2 softball leagues, racewalk, body surf, do stand-up paddling, do weight workouts and teach women’s self defense classes based upon 25 years of Wing Chun training.
My firm belief – if it had a face and a mother or if man made it, don’t eat it.
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What you need to know about omega-3s (Opinion).

Omega-3 fats hold the key to curing depression in the elderly

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(NaturalNews) Omega-3 fats are part of our nutritional heritage and are shown to play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of debilitating conditions such as clinical depression throughout all phases of life and especially in the elderly. Neural cellular walls are largely constructed of Omega-3 fats, specifically the DHA long-chain component that determines how nutrients transport across cell membranes, electrical conductivity and the activity of critical neurotransmitters in cellular communications. Results published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging demonstrate that daily supplementation with Omega-3 fats may significantly suppress the symptoms of depression among elderly women.

The study found that depressed women that supplemented with 2.5 grams of Omega-3 fats daily experienced significant reductions in their symptoms. In an important finding, the scientists conducting the study found that the long chain fat was responsible for dramatic improvements in future outlook, self-esteem and quality of life. Researchers commented “This [quality of life] observation has never been achieved before and it appears of great value from the clinical point of view, due to the importance of these aspects in the elderly population.”

One of the most common medications prescribed to adults, and especially the elderly, is in the anti-depressant classification. Anti-depressants cause a long list of side effects including blurred vision, weight gain, headache, anxiety and sleep disruption. Many of these effects lead to a lowered quality of life and actually worsen the condition being treated. Multiple studies have determined that Omega-3 supplementation cuts depression ratings by 50%, without the devastating side effects of prescription drugs.

A body of research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience pinpoints the critical nature of Omega-3 fats during maternal nurturing and early childhood development. Due to the rapid decline of these essential fats from the diet over the course of the past century, clinical depression cases have exploded as the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats far exceeds the optimal 1:1 ratio. Researchers determined that insufficient Omega-3 fats in circulation led to disturbed neuronal communications that play a strategic role in neurotransmissions. The dietary fat imbalance influenced emotional behavior and increased anxiety, and it was the primary cause of depression.

The low fat diet so often prescribed by medical professionals and nutrition experts has caused a critical deficiency of healthy fats necessary for the development of the human brain from infancy to adulthood. In addition to the extensive library of research showing the effectiveness of Omega-3 fats in cardiovascular health and cognition, new evidence documents the need for this essential nutrient through all stages of life to improve self-esteem and to prevent depression. Health-minded people will want to supplement with 2.5 grams of combined EPA/DHA to naturally protect against behavior disorders and depression.

Omega-3 fats hold the key to curing depression in the elderly.

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