Tagged: omega fatty acid balance

Beneftis of Extra Virgin Hemp Seed Oil

There are certain fats that your body
requires. These fats are called essential fatty acids. They play an
important role in many of your bodily functions. They are needed to keep
you cells healthy, your skin supple and to keep your brain boosted to
name a few. Essential fatty acids are also referred to as omega fatty
acids. The most common omega fatty acids are Omega 3, 6 & 9. The
intake of these oils should be in a balanced ratio to keep the body
healthy and to avoid a fatty acid imbalance.

Omega Fatty Acid Balance

Omega
6 fatty acids are abundant in the American diet and are found in
vegetable oils such as soy, canola and olive oils. Because these oils
are consumed in abundance and consumed regularly an imbalance begins to
manifest. There is a danger to this imbalance, as omega 6 fatty acids
are responsible for the hormones that increase inflammation in the body.
Where as Omega 3 fatty acids encourage hormone production that is
anti-inflammatory. And, the average Western diet is lacking the proper
ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

There is no
shortage of omega 6 fatty acids in the Western diet. This is mainly
because vegetable oils such as soy and canola are ubiquitous. They are
found in a wide range of packaged and prepared foods. They fall in the
range of unsaturated fats and are therefore considered healthy. This is a
misconception and this misconception has led to a great imbalance in
the fat intake of Westerners.
Omega
6 fatty acids contribute to ill health in a number of ways, mainly
through the way they contribute to inflammation. The class of drugs
known as COX inhibitors works to block the conversion of Omega 6 fatty
acids into arachidonic acid, a major contributor to inflammation related
diseases. Consider the health imbalances that could be avoided if we
have a balanced fatty acid intake. Of course there are many factors to
health but the importance of fatty acid balance is often overlooked. We
are now beginning to hear more news about the benefits of adequate Omega
3 fatty acids in the diet and its relation to health.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This group of
fatty acids is not as common in the Western diet as omega 6 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from cold water fish such as tuna,
mackerel, salmon and cod, to name a few.  And it is also available from a
select group of plant oils, mainly flax and hemp seed oil.
There are more than a few concerns about obtaining your fatty acid
intake solely from fish. The concerns are mainly around the high levels
of PCB’s, mercury and other heavy metals in fish. And, there is also the
major concern of over fishing of the world’s oceans. So to rely on fish
as your main source of fatty acids is not a wise choice, when you can
get them from hemp seed oil.

Hemp -vs- Flax

I also mentioned
flax oil as a source for omega 3 fatty acids. This is true, it is a
great source for omega 3’s. There is an issue though. The issue is flax
seed oil is omega 3 unbalanced, meaning it contains a high ratio of
omega 3 fats that is not balanced with the other essential fatty acids.
While it is good for short term use, in the long run it will contribute
to an imbalance of fatty acids in the body.
This is where hemp seed oil
comes in, hemp seed oil is balanced in its ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9.
This is rare and it is what makes hemp oil such a special and beneficial
oil. The ratio of omega fatty acids in this oil is very close to the
ratio a healthy human body likes to maintain. This means you can use
hemp seed oil on a long term basis and with much concern of causing an
essential fatty acid imbalance.
Hemp
seed oil has a delicious nutty flavor, it is light green in color and
goes well with salads and other vegetable dishes. Because hemp seed oil
is delicate it should only be used raw and never cooked or heated.
At
Zebra Organics we package our hemp seed oil in dark green bottles and
it is stored under refrigeration. This is optimal in delivering you a
healthy and fresh product. To purchase some delicious fresh healthy hemp
seed oil visit this link.

Health Benefits of Oceans 3 Omega Fish Oil

Garden of Life’s Oceans 3

Some of the health-giving attributes of the omega-3 fatty acids as found in Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 include the
following: regulation of inflammation, alleviation of pain, prevention
of excessive blood clotting, maintenance of the integrity of cell
membranes, reduction in elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, optimal
fetal development, reduced cardiovascular risk factors, anti-cancer
properties, better cognitive function, reduced incidence of depression,
among many others.

The way that omega-3′s produce their health-giving effects is through
the conversion of a substance called eicosapentaenioc acid (EPA) into
eicosanoids. Specific eicosanoids, known as prostaglandins and
leukotrienes are ultimately responsible for the beneficial effects. Again, the health-promoting biochemicals that are produced from omega
3′s originate directly from EPA. For this reason supplementing with fish oil such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 is the best way to receive the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Fish or Vegetable Source?

Fish oil such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 fats
contain EPA in them naturally. On the other hand, vegetarian sources of
omega-3 fats do not actually contain EPA. Instead the body must convert
the components contained in those (vegetarian) sources into EPA. Here is
an example of how it works. Flax oil contains something called
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which then needs to be converted to
stearidonic acid. Stearidonic acid then gets converted to
eicosatetraenioc acid, which then finally gets converted into EPA. Then
of course, the EPA gets converted into the beneficial eicosanoids.
Remember, these eicosanoids (certain prostaglandins and leukotrienes)
are the biochemicals that exert the anti-inflammatory, etc. responses
that we hope to achieve from ingesting the omega-3′s in the first place.

What’s the Problem?

The problem is with having to make all these conversions
(ALA to EPA to prostaglandins) is that those processes can be impeded
by various things. Essentially the main issue arises in the initial
conversion of ALA. This step will be impeded or blocked in the presence
of alcohol, trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils), and/or
deficiencies in vitamin B6, magnesium, and/or zinc. Considering that
magnesium and zinc tend to be the most deficient minerals in people,
it’s quite probable that many people are not reaping the full benefits
of omega 3′s from vegetarian sources. Fish oil on the other hand
such as Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 already contains EPA, and therefore does not require the conversions
that vegetarian sources do. As a result, one is much more likely to
benefit from taking fish oil.

Zebra Organics stocks only the highest quality supplements available. Each product is hand selected and tested by by our staff before we put them on the website. We are pleased to offer you this fine product Garden of Life’s Oceans 3 and we encourage you to visit our website and shop more great products we offer.

White Chia Seeds – Source for Super Nutrition

The sacred white chia seed has been a cherished food of native people from the Americas. Chia seed is an abundant power house of nutrition.

They are the famed super food of the Tarhumara natives of Northern Mexico. This legendary tribe is noted for their long distance run abilities. They have been know to run for 100+ miles without stopping.  Imagine running 100+ miles through desert mountain regions practically barefoot!? It is hard for us to fathom such feats (no pun intended). And their fuel for these journeys are none other than chia seeds.

Chia seeds are a unique and well rounded super foods. They have gained great prominence over the last decade and now they are know to be a nutrition powerhouse. But, chia seeds have been a staple food of the Aztecs, Mayans and other indigenous people of the Americas since Pre-Colombian times. Chia can be found growing wild in deserts throughout the American Southwest and into Mexico.

I first came across chia seeds about 14 years ago and what I enjoyed most about these seeds was that they provided sustainable energy. I would grind the chia into a fine meal and spread a thick layer on my buttered toast. I found its wonderful nutty flavor a compliment to my morning meal.

Sustainable Energy – Chia seeds as a source for sustainable energy

So many folks are seeking ways to gain more energy. And, in their search they usually reach for caffeinated sugary drinks. While this provides an immediate boost it causes a severe deficit which grows over time. But what if there was something that was truly healthy and provided wholesome sustainable energy? You would want to know right? Well the answer just might be Chia Seeds. Since chia seeds do not contain caffeine or any known stimulant you may be wondering how they can provide a feeling of sustainable energy. It is believed that the sustainable energy is due to a combination of dense nutrition, 30% protein content in chia. And the slow burning fibers that provide sustained energy and aid with blood sugar regulation.

Blood Sugar Balance

When hydrated chia seeds bulk up and a gel forms around the shell of the seed. This slippery demulctent offers a few benefits, one is to slow down the breakdown of sugars in the body. Along with the fibers the gel in Chia act as a of regulator of sugars in the body. When our body rapidly breaks down sugars or if we consume a sugary meal or smoothie this will spike the blood sugar. This leads to a big high where we have lots of energy but then crash hard. But you can use chia as a time releasing agent to give you a sustained release of sugar into the blood stream.  Add Chia seeds to your morning smoothie to get the benefits that were just mentioned. 

Gelling Action

The gelling action of chia seeds is very soothing and moistening to the mucous membranes of the digestive system. This can be a benefit to those who are constipated or suffer other digestive disturbances and inflammation related conditions.

Omega Nutrients

Chia being is such a rich source for omega fatty acids. The seeds are dense with omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. They are an excellent source for ALA alpha linolenic acid, a variety of omega 3 fatty acid. This essential fatty acid is noted for its benefit to the heart, particularly with lowering the risk of heart disease.1 It is also noted for its positive effects on brain health. The brain is made of mostly fatty acids and because our body does not produce certain of these fatty acids we need to get them from food. This is where the term essential fatty acid comes from. Alpha linolenic fatty acids found in chia seeds were also found to reduce anxiety, stress and depression.2

Versatility

Add Chia Seeds to:
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Smooties
  • Baked Goods
  • Salads
  • Or simply mix with water and drink

Chia seeds have a nutty flavor that will make a great compliment to any ones diet. So if you are an athlete, a dieter or simply someone who cares about healthy eating chia seeds just maybe for you.     

Summary 

There are a wide range of benefit to adding chia seeds to your diet. Overall chia seeds provide a broad spectrum of nutrients in a small easily digestible seed. The fiber content alone would be great for most people. Then on top of that you are getting essential fatty acids which are ‘essential’ to health. On top of that you then get 30% protein! As well as a variety of anti-oxidant compounds, minerals and vitamins. 
  • Vitamins A, B, E and D
  • Minerals – Calcium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, zinc and more
  • Linonlenic and Alpha Linolenic Acids

 Enjoy!

 1.  http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/106/21/2747
2, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16491653 and Am J Clin Nutr 93 (6): 1337–43

These statements have not been approved by the FDA, they are not meant to treat, cure or diagnose any disease or illness. 

Omega Fatty Acid Balance – Hemp Seed Oil

Extra Virgin First Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil

There are certain fats that your body requires. These fats are called essential fatty acids. They play an important role in many of your bodily functions. They are needed to keep you cells healthy, your skin supple and to keep your brain boosted to name a few. Essential fatty acids are also referred to as omega fatty acids. The most common omega fatty acids are Omega 3, 6 & 9. The intake of these oils should be in a balanced ratio to keep the body healthy and to avoid a fatty acid imbalance.

Omega Fatty Acid Balance

Omega 6 fatty acids are abundant in the American diet and are found in vegetable oils such as soy, canola and olive oils. Because these oils are consumed in abundance and consumed regularly an imbalance begins to manifest. There is a danger to this imbalance, as omega 6 fatty acids are responsible for the hormones that increase inflammation in the body. Where as Omega 3 fatty acids encourage hormone production that is anti-inflammatory. And, the average Western diet is lacking the proper ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

There is no shortage of omega 6 fatty acids in the Western diet. This is mainly because vegetable oils such as soy and canola are ubiquitous. They are found in a wide range of packaged and prepared foods. They fall in the range of unsaturated fats and are therefore considered healthy. This is a misconception and this misconception has led to a great imbalance in the fat intake of Westerners.
Omega 6 fatty acids contribute to ill health in a number of ways, mainly through the way they contribute to inflammation. The class of drugs known as COX inhibitors works to block the conversion of Omega 6 fatty acids into arachidonic acid, a major contributor to inflammation related diseases. Consider the health imbalances that could be avoided if we have a balanced fatty acid intake. Of course there are many factors to health but the importance of fatty acid balance is often overlooked. We are now beginning to hear more news about the benefits of adequate Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet and its relation to health.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This group of fatty acids is not as common in the Western diet as omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from cold water fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and cod, to name a few.  And it is also available from a select group of plant oils, mainly flax and hemp seed oil. There are more than a few concerns about obtaining your fatty acid intake solely from fish. The concerns are mainly around the high levels of PCB’s, mercury and other heavy metals in fish. And, there is also the major concern of over fishing of the world’s oceans. So to rely on fish as your main source of fatty acids is not a wise choice, when you can get them from hemp seed oil.

Hemp -vs- Flax

I also mentioned flax oil as a source for omega 3 fatty acids. This is true, it is a great source for omega 3’s. There is an issue though. The issue is flax seed oil is omega 3 unbalanced, meaning it contains a high ratio of omega 3 fats that is not balanced with the other essential fatty acids. While it is good for short term use, in the long run it will contribute to an imbalance of fatty acids in the body.
This is where hemp seed oil comes in, hemp seed oil is balanced in its ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This is rare and it is what makes hemp oil such a special and beneficial oil. The ratio of omega fatty acids in this oil is very close to the ratio a healthy human body likes to maintain. This means you can use hemp seed oil on a long term basis and with much concern of causing an essential fatty acid imbalance.
Hemp seed oil has a delicious nutty flavor, it is light green in color and goes well with salads and other vegetable dishes. Because hemp seed oil is delicate it should only be used raw and never cooked or heated.
At Zebra Organics we package our hemp seed oil in dark green bottles and it is stored under refrigeration. This is optimal in delivering you a healthy and fresh product. To purchase some delicious fresh healthy hemp seed oil visit this link.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Zebra Organics
This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com