Do you eat flax seeds for omega-3? Unfortunately you are probably getting very little actual omega-3 fatty acid from your flax seeds. If you take fish oil you may disregard flax seeds but they are not to be missed. I use both but it’s not to get more Omega-3.
I rely on a good quality fish oil for my omega-3 needs and I don’t on flax or chia seed for getting enough of the essential fat because they are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) Omega-3 and our body has to convert ALA into omega-3 EPA (eicosapentanaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) long chain form fatty acids. Conversion from ALA omega-3 is low and unknown and therefore ALA omega-3′s like flax and chia seed are not reliable.
Omega-3 demonstrates multitudes of research benefiting health conditions that myself and most people are concerned about such as: heart disease, brain and joint health. Also like most people I eat plentiful amounts of omega-6 (another essential fat but overly abundant in most American diets) therefore increasing my need for omega-3. The ratio between the two must be in balance for proper health. Also like many people I don’t eat a lot of fish so I must supplement.
Nutritionists recommend at minimum 500-1000 milligrams of omega-3 per day. If you are experiencing inflammation, at risk for heart disease or have a mood challenges your omega-3 needs will be quite higher.
Then why still the flax? For the lignans, fiber and research on cancer prevention. Especially for the lignans.
Lignans are special compounds that are significantly higher in flax seeds then in other plant foods. Lignans have demonstrated anticancer effects in humans and in animals. They show a particularly strong connection to the prevention and treatment of breast and prostate cancers. For women lignans can interfere with cancer effects at estrogen receptor sites and escort excess estrogen out of the body. One study gave men with prostate cancer 3 tablespoons of flax seeds per day for 30 days and they found significantly lower cancer proliferation rates and significantly higher rates of cancer cell death. After just one month!
So take your fish oil and grind your flax seeds daily. Make sure you get a fresh fish oil, one that is not oxidized, is sustainable and is third-party tested.
Grinding your own flax seeds with a coffee grinder is better than buying the already ground variety but if you have to–go through the bag quickly before they get rancid.
Throw your ground flax seeds over oatmeal or vegetables. You might need to own two coffee grinders. Three if you grind spices as often as you grind your flax seeds. Flax oil also makes great salad dressing. If you decide to purchase flax oil make sure you get the one with high lignans and shake the bottle. Lignans are in the fiber and the fiber tends to settle on the bottom of the bottle.
Are people on the 40 (AC Transit bus that goes past this spot) reaching for their smart phones and Googling bit coin to see how they can sign up?
What is bit coin? Here you go.
This was the first time I tried a multicolored nail design and it came out pretty well. I used two different brands and they are both free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl pthalate. Make the switch now to a less toxic nail polish. You won’t be disappointed in the quality or lasting power. I even thinking about buying the colors I like and taking them to my favorite nail salon.
Took these photos some time ago so they may have changed slightly but I know some of it is still the same. The top photo held much meaning for me when I was living in San Francisco and got my heart broken. They are located on the corner of 24th St and Treat Ave in the Mission District. Maps Link.
stretch yes yoga
aerobic exercise daily
live your dreams
move your energy
build your gut
not very much dairy
not very much meat
not very much sugar
alkalize, alkalize, alkalize
don’t over do it on the raw
choose to be happy, choose to be happy, choose to be happy
don’t dwell on resentment
nix junk food
nix chemicals and drugs
use herbs and super foods
traditional foods that give nourishment
millet, maca and miso
see plants, the trees and the sun often
hug and kiss your friends, your families, your lovers
let it all go
I was craving comfort food but didn’t want to go all out so I sautéed dinosaur kale with olive oil and garlic, tossing the pomegranate seeds in once the kale had cooked. Completing the meal was hard-boiled eggs and boiled potatoes. Delish!
My first posting of a Oakland Mural since I hopped the Bay. More to come. This one is near Jack London Square off-Broadway. Here is the Map Link. As always, the artist is welcome to comment if they were to discover this blog.
Do what you love.
Detroit has come under my media radar a few times this past week and culminated in catching Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown segment on Detroit (originally aired in November). You can get a preview here: Parts Unknown on CNN.com.
And thank god for Detroit. The world needs to know.
If you are writer and want to move to Detroit, they will give you a house for free. All you have to do is stay there for two years. On Huff Post: Write A House Is Giving Free Homes in Detroit.
Or you could buy one for $500. You probably want to bring a shotgun. One young man’s commitment to Detroit and building his own home. A well-written first hand account. BuzzFead: Why I Bought A House In Detroit for $500.
Parts Unknown included urban farms that have sprung up in Detroit in response to the vast food desert that exists, such as this one: D-Town Farms.