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Homemade Flax Crackers & Healthy Hummus

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By Stuart Cooke

Stu: Crackers and hummus make an awesome snack but it’s easy to run into trouble with the supermarket range. Both of these options usually contain processed damaging seed oils and hidden preservatives so thanks again to Keira Rumble for offering a truly healthy alternative.

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DNA: The ultimate blue print for better health

180 Nutrition Podcast

Podcast episode #5

By Guy Lawrence

With Smart DNA testing you can discover your genetic road map that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Margie_SmithIn this episode of The Health Sessions I chat with molecular geneticist Margie Smith of Smart DNA (smart being an understatement!).  Sounds technical I know, but Margie simplifies it into an easy to understand way of how we can look at our gene expression for a more personalised approach to better health.

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I’m getting my Smart DNA testing done through Naturopath Tania Flack.  More

Liquid gold: Why I think fish oil is the ultimate supplement

Omega-3 fish oil supplement

By Guy Lawrence

Ah the supplement industry, full of hype and claims to attract your attention. Weight gain protein supplements, fat blockers, creatine… the list goes on and on. From my experience though, what actually increases daily performance (whether it be athletic performance or just day to day stuff) is clean living.

I also find self-experimentation a great way to see if supplements actually work. Without undergoing rigorous blood tests etc, most of the time it’s hard to tell whether the pill you pop or supplement you take is actually doing you any favours.

But if there’s one supplement I take without fail, which I truly notice after a few days if I run out and haven’t taken it… it’s fish oil. And here’s why I think it’s liquid gold.

The importance of fatty acids

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It never used to occur to me how important essential fatty acids really are. Yes, you’d often here ‘eat your good fats’, but what exactly did that mean? Add extra olive oil on your salad? The more I’ve delved in to understanding fatty acids and increased my daily amount, the more I’ve been consistent and the better I have felt in general.

We’ve all heard of the omega fats. There’s omega 3, 6 and 9. But our western diet is overloaded with omega-6, when it’s actually omega-3′s we need the most of. If you eat a typical western diet there’s a good chance you could be deficient. There are now links with deficiency in essential omega-3 fatty acids to many modern diseases, weight problems, affective disorder and learning disabilities.

What is omega-3 fatty acid?

As simply as I can put it, omega-3 fatty acid is made up of ALA, EPA and DHA (If you want to know what they stand for, click here). We need all three of them. DHA for example, makes up the highest percentage of the fatty acids in the human brain, facilitating visual and cognitive function. Fall short on this stuff and so will your attention span.

There is actually a whole conversion process of ALA to EPA & DHA, within animals and the human body. But I won’t go into it as this will start to read like a science paper, not a blog.

You may be reading this thinking ‘I eat plenty of fish and meat, or drink flaxseed oil’, but here are a few things to consider. When a grass eating animal is fed grains, it changes it’s own fatty makeup to more omega-6 instead of omega-3. I’ve also read that farmed raised fish are devoid of significant omega-3 due to the feed… it certainly makes you wonder.

So what about flaxseed?

flaxseedYes, flaxseed is a rich source of omega-3. We even have it in our 180 protein supplement. But I feel plant-based sources of omega-3 like flaxseed and hemp oil won’t cut it alone. Why? From what I’ve researched, these plant based oils are mainly a source of ALA. There is minimal EPA and DHA, all three are ‘essential’ to the body. So if you are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and you are supplementing it through plant-based oils, you are not getting the complete profile.

And for vegetarians and vegans? I’d be researching this topic very thoroughly as it’s vitally important.

The benefits

Make no mistake, omega-3′s are essential to the body. They are vital for normal electrical functioning, cardiovascular system, your immune system, joints, all anti-inflammatory processes, function of the human brain and nervous system. See the importance?

And from an athletic performance? Fish oil should be the first supplement you take after your workout, along with your food or protein supplement or whatever it is you do. I’ll take about 3000mg after my workout usually to aid inflammation and speed recovery. I usually work out in the evening, and along with this I’ll take 2000mg in the morning when I get up.

Which fish oil should I take?

I always try to get practitioner only fish oil as I have more faith in the quality of the oil.

Krill oil is another exceptional fish oil where you will get more bang for your buck. But expect to pay more for this. I’m also a fan of the brand Metagenics, but again this stuff is pricey. So I guess it depends on where your priorities lie.

I also take cod liver oil along with fish oil. I buy this in liquid form which you can get infused with lemon. It’s palatable like this and a must for me. The plain raw stuff makes me gag. I put it in my smoothie once and I thought I was drinking a sardine shake! But I take it in the infused lemon liquid form as this is more potent and drinkable. I will take a dessert spoonful every morning.

Why do I take both? I look at cod liver oil more as a vitamin A and vitamin D supplement, as they are rich in both. Also the fatty acids are there but the make up is a little different to fish/krill oil. So I like to cover both bases.

Take the fish oil test

Have you tried the fish oil test? This is a great tip! When you open a new bottle, literally take a capsule and chew it up.

It should taste fairly bland. If it tastes a little bit acidic, rancid or nasty, it’s probably been oxidized. If this is the case, don’t use it—return it or throw it away

And the dosage?

I guess that will depend on whether you are deficient or you are maintaining. I split the dosage between each end of the day. I take 2000mg (2 x 1000mg capsules) in the morning with breakfast, and 3000mg after exercise in the evening. Along with this I will take a dessert spoon of cod liver oil in the morning as well.

Current research shows in the area of human longevity and life extension recommends up to 3000mg of fish oil a day for maintenance. When related to more serious cases like mood disorders or bipolar disorders, depression or ADHD etc, up to 10,000mg a day can be needed!

If you want to learn more about this, a great book that goes into it thoroughly is Nora Gedgaudas – Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet. A fantastic read.

Do you take fish oil? How much? When? What are your thoughts? Would love to hear from you…

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On a side note: I truly enjoy writing these posts, hence our frequent blog posts. At the end of the day though, these are just my thoughts and feelings around a topic I’m passionate about. I encourage everyone to do their own research and check out the facts for themselves.

If you did enjoy the post and got something from it or have something to share on the topic, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. If you feel others would benefit from this then it would be great if you could share it using one of the icons below (Facebook etc). Cheers, Guy…

 

 

Improve brain function with omega 3 fatty acid.

Fish has long been considered in myriad cultures to be “brain food,” but only recently has bona fide science begun to support this deep-rooted belief. Researchers now know that the omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed and oily fish such as salmon and herring may play a critical role in both development and maintenance of the brain and nerves. Although sufficient amounts of these long-chain fats can be synthesized endogenously by most adults, experts recommend that pregnant women and infants get additional amounts of these compounds from their diets. This, combined with research suggesting that these fats play a critical role in cognitive and visual development during early life, has prompted much research and product development aimed at pregnant women and newborn infants. Studies have also suggested that higher consumption of certain omega-3 fatty acids may also benefit adult mental health as well – for instance, as it might relate to lower risk for depression.

Read full article here.

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Therapeutic Power of Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed Oil is derived from flax seeds, which are a bit bigger than sesame seeds and have a hard but shiny covering. The advantages of Flaxseed Oil have been attracting a lot of attentiveness in modern years. The chief benefit of Flax oil is that it aids in preventing circulatory problems and cancer, the two key killer health circumstances, it has really become popular.

Flaxseed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 vital fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and also supplies approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than what you could get from taking fish oil.

The quality of the skin, hair and nails are improved by the flax oil.

Flax Oil also assists weight control; many famous weight-loss products have Flax Oil as a key constituent. Some other from numerous health benefits of Flaxseed is that they are measured to be the significant health-supporting supplement after a multi-vitamin supplement. Flaxseed are advantageous to almost every system in our body that includes the nervous system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, immune system, and circulatory system. Flaxseed Oil aids in curing colon and breast cancer, diabetes, asthma, skin problems such as acne and eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, lowering cholesterol levels, healing sprains and bruises, improving the immune system, combating obesity and treating dandruff. Flaxseed Oil increases the body’s production of energy and also increases stamina. The lignan and fiber elements present in Flaxseed act as a highly effective laxative. Flaxseed has been shown to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Some people experience amplified flatulence or bloating when they first begin to incorporate flaxseed into their diet. Increasing the water intake along with Flaxseed oil can help reduce these symptoms. Consuming high quality Flaxseed on a daily basis can stop many of the frequent health problems.

By Joey Barclay

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  • Flaxseed

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    180 contains a perfectly balanced quantity of Flaxseed in it’s formula. Flaxseeds are a great source of fibre, lignans, protein, omega 3, vitamins, and minerals. The importance of these nutrients to exercise & body building is paramount.

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    Are rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. Health benefits include anti-inflammatory properties and aid cardiovascular health from its vitamin E content. Also contains magnesium and selenium, a trace mineral that is of fundamental importance to human health.

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    Rich in fibre, Psyllium Seeds and their husks have long been enlisted for great digestive function, which aids regular bowel movement.

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Nutritional Information – Original Formula

Servings per 1.5kg bag: 30 Serving Size: 50gm Average qty per serve Average qty per 100gm
Energy kj 873 1745
Dietary Fibre gm 6 12
Protein gm 22 44
Cholesterol gm 0 0
Fat, Total gm 11 22
Saturated gm 2 4
Carbohydrate gm 11 21
Sugars gm 1 3
B Vitamins mg 10 21
Folate (B9) ug 23 47
Calcium mg 122 245
Magnesium mg 71 143
Potassium mg 205 411
Iron mg 2 5
Zinc mg 2 3
Sodium mg 35 70

 

Nutritional Information – Vegan Formula

Servings per 1.5kg bag: 30 Serving Size: 50gm Average qty per serve Average qty per 100gm
Energy kj 860 1720
Dietary Fibre gm 6 13
Protein gm 21 42
Cholesterol gm 0 0
Fat, Total gm 12 24
Saturated gm 2 4
Carbohydrate gm 9 18
Sugars gm 1 1
B Vitamins mg 12 24
Folate (B9) ug 25 51
Calcium mg 66 133
Magnesium mg 112 224
Potassium mg 335 670
Iron mg 5 10
Zinc mg 3 7
Sodium mg 249 499

 

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