The Facts about Omega 3

It is in the news and just about every second advertisement seems to be all about spruiking the benefits of Omega-3 supplements for just about everything that ails you.
So what is Omega-3 and why is it so important that we need extra helpings of it?

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According to the University of Maryland:

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’ t make them — you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.

What makes omega-3 fats special?

They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation.
They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.
All sorts of benefits are being ascribed to Omega-3 including its use for heart and joint health, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma conditions – even as a treatment for depression, ADHA and dementia.

Since the body doesn’t make Omega-3, it has to come from the food we eat.

The very best way of getting the optimum amount of Omega-3 fatty acids is through our foods, including fish – including herrings, sardines, tuna – krill, eggs and a variety of plant sources including kiwi fruit, chia seed, flax, walnuts, pecan nuts and hazel nuts.
This is where the Omega-3 story gets a little complex.

Omega-3 fats come in three varieties

ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid) – found primarily in dark green leafy vegetables, flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, and a variety of vegetable oils. Dark green vegetables, freshly ground flax seeds, and raw walnuts are the healthiest sources of ALA.

EPA (EicosoPentaenoic Acid) – found primarily in cold water fish like salmon, cod, mackerel, and tuna, as well as in fresh seaweed. Also found in smaller amounts in organically raised animal products like free-range eggs, chickens, and grass-fed beef.

DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid) – found in the same foods that EPA is found in.

And this is the way Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids work:

Our bodies cannot make the “parent” molecule for omega-3 fatty acids, alpha linoleic acid (…), on its own. Therefore, this omega-3 — ALA — is considered an “essential” fatty acid. Downstream, the parent ALA gets metabolized into the two most beneficial fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It would be difficult to oversing the praises of EPA and DHA, which have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, along with playing a range of other crucial roles in the body.

While plant-based foods contain great amounts of ALA, the body is not as proficient in converting ALA into EPA and DHA.
The Department of Food Science at the Australian RMIT University has indicated that typical omnivores have higher Omega 3 blood levels than vegetarians.

Another study, performed at the Research Institute of Nutrition in Slovakia studied a group of children ages 11-15 years over an average length of 3.4 years:

10 were semi-vegetarians, 15 were lacto-ovo vegetarians and seven were pure vegans. This group was compared to a group of 19 omnivores. Whereas the lacto-ovo vegetarians and the omnivore group showed exactly the same amount of Omega 3 in their blood, the semi-vegetarian group was somewhat deficient. The vegan group was most deficient and was found to have substantially lower blood levels of Omega 3, compared to the later groups.

This is the reason why many people use mainly fish and krill-based supplements to boost their Omega-3 intake.

But that is not the end of the story for vegetarians and vegans.
Simply increasing the consumption of foods with the highest amounts of Omega-3 alone may be enough:

Walnuts and flaxseeds have the highest amount of omega-3 acids. Just a small increase in consumption can have health benefits. Walnuts and flaxseeds can be added to salads, breads and baked goods. Ground flaxseed can be added to almost any food, but it has to be used within 24 hours of being ground or it loses many of its healthy properties. Mustard seeds and clove have small amounts of omega-3.

Cabbage and broccoli are very good sources. Brussels sprouts, romaine, spinach, turnips, green beans and many types of squash have omega-3 as well. Even some fruits like strawberries and raspberries have some omega-3 in them. Make a healthy salad with all these ingredients and you will get enough omega-3 to satisfy your daily needs.

Omega-3s do not need to be consumed in large amounts. The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids recommends consuming 0.65 g or 650 mg of DHA and EPA from fish per day on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Consume 2.22 g or 2,220 mg of ALA per day from plant and vegetable products. This totals 2.87 g or 2,870 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day.
The short answer to this very long tale is that omnivores – people who eat the widest variety of food – can more easily get the optimal amount of Omega-3 through food.

Vegetarians and vegans need to increase the amount of the plant-based sources that are rich in Omega-3 and ensure they eat more of a wider variety of these foods.

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Leafy Greens Provide Relief

It’s a subject that we don’t like to talk about much, but for many women, it crops up regularly.

Monthly in fact.

But there is good news for women for whom this topic is more than just a matter-of-fact issue.

A 10 year study, released by the University of Massachusetts, examined the dietary habits of women, has has discovered that women who regularly consume green leafy vegetables are less likely to suffer from the symptoms of PMS than those who did not.

They speculate that it is the combination of iron and zinc found in green leafy vegetables and dried beans that makes a difference.

While the first instinct might be to reach for a supplement table, other medical practitioners are sounding a word of caution.

Clinical nutritionist Samantha Heller, at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care, agreed. “It’s important to speak with your physician before supplementing with any minerals,” she said. “Too much iron can cause serious problems, and supplementing with something like zinc can knock your copper balance off. There’s a delicate balance in the body, and women need to be very thoughtful before they start using supplements.”

If you have PMS symptoms that you would like to alleviate, we recommend trying Miessence Superfoods every day – particularly DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood and InLiven Probiotic Superfood.
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DeepGreen Alkalising Superfood is an excellent way of getting additional deep leafy greens into you diet in a convenient, once a day serving.

The Miessence difference is our use of certified organic wholefoods in each of these products. Other research has found that nutrients in food work together to give better results than isolated compounds alone.

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Unlock the Secret to Good Health

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By Czerral Wheeler

The most important secret to good health is to unlock the bodies’ potential to heal itself. Particularly at this time, addressing the innate intelligence contained on a cellular level is paramount if the human race is going to have any quality of life or perhaps even to survive.

Cancer is just one way Nature eliminates an unwholesome part of its system. We all know we have to grow towards our highest potential, to become wholesome and yet there seems to be a self-defeating tendency in all organisms which chooses the easiest or most expedient pathway, which leads to their lowest potential. It is through this ruthlessness that nature keeps everything in balance; She destroys what is unhealthy and saves only what is the fittest, setting the standard for the next level of potential.

The human body dances to the tune of the cosmic intelligence. Therefore, we must learn the language of the body. Our happiness or sorrow lies in our knowledge of the way our own individual body defends us against debilitating diseases. Otherwise the likes of cancer and those bacterial and viral infections which have the potential power to bankrupt the pocketbook as well as the health and joy of our life span can manifest.

Each individual organism at every level has the power of choice to go forward or be left behind, and each level of every system can be seen to have its own philosophy. The purifying of the internal environment cannot be achieved unless these conscious guiding growth philosophies are in harmony with nature’s purpose. Cancer cells come from a conflict between philosophies of life at one or more levels of an organism.

99.9 % of the bodies cells are passive. .01% of the total of our cells reside in our immune system. It is a well-known fact our immune cells are all that stand between us, death and disease. The philosophy of a killer cell found in the immune system is to do battle to the death, if necessary. These killer cells hold an equivalent philosophy as that of a “Japanese Samurai.” Other less active cells are passive or non-aggressive. They hold an opposite philosophy with their unwillingness to kill to save. This allows pollution of the body’s own internal environment. The immune system then becomes deficient, which results in disease.

Genes are ultramicroscopic particles in the nucleus of a cell, which carry the DNA message of life. Like a perpetual communication from the Creator to his creation, this message is communicated to the rest of the cells and to the body as a whole by the messenger RNA. The beneficial or destructive influences that permeate the body and surround the cell environment determine the activity and effectiveness of the RNA which play the fundamental role in the nature of all cell substances, cell structures and cell effects.

With our understanding of the different philosophies of the body, we must focus upon the immune system and assist it to evolve to its highest potential. In order for the immune system to reach this potential it must have raw materials in the form of organic nutrients at its disposal. Ideally these organic nutrients would come from whole foods grown in organic soils because the quality of any plant is a reflection of the environment it is grown in.

The immune system is so intelligent it recognizes the difference between man made biochemical nutrients and natural ones produced by the body’s own cells, or those found in nature’s whole foods. The body reacts in a form of shock to man made nutrients identified as foreign substances and immediately shuts off other parts of the immune system, particularly in the stem cells where the basic building blocks of healthy new cells are spawned. Therefore the potential for future repair of damaged cells is discharged due to this approach, because the organism cannot make new defensive cells for its immune system.

As we look deeper into the intelligence contained within the body, we will find ourselves at the base of all life, ‘the Bacteria kingdom’. It has been stated that a single cell in the immune system contains more wisdom than all the accumulated wisdom of the human race. Acknowledging this, we must come to understand the first line of defense or offense of the immune system is the bacteria. The human body contains over 2 kilos of these highly intelligent organisms. They are responsible to make nutrients available to the body. Good bacteria fight off bad bacteria through use of natural anti-bodies that they produce. They produce life-giving enzymes and use lactic acid as a means of destroying the health robbing bacteria and fungi.

In order to actualize the potential of the immune system we must first address the needs of the body in relation to bacteria. The balance of good bacteria and what has been labeled as bad bacteria must be in a ratio of 85% good and 15% bad. Once this most important ratio falls out of balance then all manner of disease starts to manifest in the body and overwhelm the immune system. Most holistic practitioners will agree, “Disease begins in the colon.” Once putrefactive bacteria take hold in the bowels all kinds of toxic materials are released into the body environment. Bad bacteria imbalances allow fungus and yeast to cross these important lines of balance resulting in Candida and Thrush.

Antibiotics found in drug therapy and in the meat and foods we eat destroy the important balance of bacteria in our body. The air we now are forced to breathe in the world’s cities has over 600 toxins that also effect this balance. Birth control pills, heat, cold, preservatives found in most foodstuff, salt, alcohol, colas, fluorides, and chlorine’s, just to name a few, also destroy or compromise this delicate balance of bacteria in the gut!

Due to this, in order to reach the highest potential within the human body, we must first start to adjust the bacteria balance in our intestinal tract and then saturate the body with a broad spectrum of whole food organic nutrients. By addressing these two areas in our own body we take ultimate responsibility for the cause of our health, or lack of health. We learn the true meaning of “Preventative Health Care” and then we no longer just deal with effects.

The most important point of this message is: “We must learn to replace the good bacteria on a daily basis. If this is not done then no matter what remedy, therapy, diet or drug is used, it is all for naught!”

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Mankind is gradually learning that in our hands lies the power to co-create our own reality, individually or collectively. This truth is cradled in our own understanding of how our bodies work in harmony with nature and our willingness to supply it, with the vital raw materials needed in order to bring us to our highest potential. It is necessary for us to encourage the intelligence in the genes to develop and grow towards their highest expression by creating a resonance with the unified collective purpose of life.

It is time for humankind to recognize and acknowledge the interconnected Higher Order of Intelligence living within each and every thing. When given cooperation and allowance, this Infinite Intelligence orchestrates all that is needed to fulfill the balance, harmony and peace that are every individual’s birthright within the macro-micro-cosmic worlds.

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The Journey to Optimal Wellness

by Gary Beck, ND

Are you one of those who like the idea of optimum wellness?

If so, please do read on.

What is optimum wellness and what does it take to get there?

As a health professional with many years of testing, talking and researching, it is very clear that very few of us operate anywhere near what I refer to as “optimum wellness”.

Optimum wellness is not merely an absence of symptoms associated with being “unwell” but more importantly, having a body and mind that can do all the things we expect it to do – and much more. Where we can perform at ease all of the physical, mental and emotional tasks required to have an exciting, successful and fulfilling life.

To perform at optimum wellness, our body must have its basic needs met regards nutrients, and it is a deficiency of basic nutrients that is often one of the root causes of why a person has become unwell.

If we are to look at a health continuum where at one end is “optimum health” and the other is “premature death” it is a very sad fact that the majority of us a probably nearer the “dead end” than the other.

It may be that today we feel OK and we get on with doing what is needed for the day, but tomorrow we may experience something very different – getting a cold or experiencing some pain associated with an injury or some part of our body that just doesn’t work properly.

What has happened is that we have taken a slide along the continuum due to some additional stressor that has appeared, we have been pushed back along the health continuum slightly closer to the “dead end” and as a result we now begin to experience symptoms that are signals all is not well and our health isn’t as great as we thought – from one day to the next we may be pushed into and out of some type of symptom picture and it seems it takes very little to shift us one way or the other.

Nutrition is the key to optimal wellnessOf course we will have times when our body just doesn’t feel great and the normal ups and down of life will get in the way, but if we are able to properly nourish our body and strengthen our organs and systems to the level where symptoms are seldom experienced then we have moved along the continuum in a positive way, the day to day highs and lows are the simple ebb and flow that they should be and we are not forced to stop what we want to or indeed need to do, due to feeling unwell.

The reality of symptoms occurring to signal us that all is not well then become a rare occurrence  and we are no longer limited just because we overdid it a little. We now have a healthy buffer that allows us to get out and truly experience a wonderful life.

What do we need to achieve optimum wellness?

The research continues in the hunt for the holy grail of health, but really we all know there is no silver bullet as such, and I am sure that all of you reading this already know that the first step to optimum wellness and keeping well is eating good food. The old “just eat a balanced diet” and you will get all you need is valid – but only to a point.

We need to be giving our body a variety of good food, something that has become more difficult to find over time, in part due to our growing techniques and the high level of processing that much of food our goes through.

When I talk of balance I want you to consider first, the balanced minerals that our body needs as a primary component for all body functions

And what is that elusive balanced diet anyway?

Food in all of nature’s glory is what a balanced diet is, the wider the variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds the better. The bigger the variety of colours and tastes providing everything from sour and sweet to bitter and bland, then once again, the better off we will be, the variety of tastes to stimulate different parts of our system are all completely necessary.

Nature has given us a colourful pallet of food to consumeFrom this variety there is the need for us to supply an adequate range of minerals,  importantly minerals in the correct ratios as well as quantities. This is one area where once again most of us fall short.

Minerals are so fundamentally important that without certain minerals and trace minerals there are numerous functions in the body that simply cannot work. I have already mentioned that in my experience the vast majority of health concerns that many people suffer with stem from a deficiency of one or other minerals.

Let’s be clear, deficiencies come about due to poor dietary choices along with problems such as food production on land where soil quality is diminished and the presence of toxins or toxic residues in and around us and of course in the food chain.

On the other hand, many people take single-nutrient supplements for specific health concerns, but they may actually be doing more harm than good by creating imbalances. It’s important to understand the complex, overlapping relationships between nutrients and why consuming a balance of nutrients may be best.

We know that minerals are critical for optimum wellness, but what is the best source?

There is little doubt in my mind that as usual, nature knows best and for many years I have recommended the inclusion of green foods into one’s diet. Many green foods are particularly high in mineral content and as a result you will benefit in many ways by adding more into your dietary regime.

One of the most potent ways of getting additional green foods into our diet is from high quality, certified organic, powdered foods such as DeepGreen.  Due to the simple fact that DeepGreen is a pure (balanced) food source, there is absolutely no risk of overdoing one or other mineral. Nature as usual has things in the perfect balance and what I suggest is for people to aim for “mineral saturation”.

If you need to or want to take more DeepGreen you can do so without any concern of overdoing something.
Get your daily dose of DeepGreen and move along the health continuum closer to Optimum Wellness.

Toxic Baby TEDtalk

A must see TEDwomen talk by Penelope Jagessar Chaffer and Tyrone Hayes about how chemicals are affecting us, our offspring (unborn also), wildlife and the environment.

Fatal attraction – cosmetic & chemicals

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Fatal Attraction
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