Natural healing, natural wellness

Essential Fatty Acids

Tuna Sandwich With Sauerkraut

I’ve just discovered that sauerkraut goes nicely with tuna sandwiches. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a great way to get the essential fatty acid Omega-3 (from the tuna) as well as the cancer-fighting and immune-system boosting properties of fermented cabbage into your body. I made a batch of these sandwiches today and it was absolutely yummy. Try it!

A Fish A Day Keeps Your Mind Okay

Ginger hates it but she gets some everyday. Cod liver oil, that is. We sneak it into her food to help keep her healthy. Remember when your mom used to force it down your throat? Yucks! How can anything which tastes so bad be good for you?

Now that we’re all grown up, we willingly seek out good sources of essential fatty acids (EFA) – of which cod liver oil is one – for its numerous health benefits. A new study reported in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reminds us why we should get plenty of EFA into our bodies. The study examined 15,000 people aged 65 and older in China, India, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Peru and the Dominican Republic, and found that regular fish consumption helped to keep dementia at bay. According to the study’s senior author, Dr. Emiliano Albanese, a clinical epidemiologist at King’s College London, “there is a gradient – the more fish you eat, the less likely you are to get dementia”.

Meat had the opposite effect. “The more meat you eat, the more likely you are to have dementia”, said Dr. Albanese.

The study found that people who ate fish a few days a week were almost 20 per cent less likely to develop dementia than those who ate no fish at all. Those who included fish in their diet almost every day were almost 20 percent less likely to get dementia than those who consumed fish just a few days each week.

Fish, especially oily cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardine, tuna and herring, is rich in omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, one of the essential fatty acids required by the body to keep cells healthy. Omega-3 supports cell health and regeneration, and normal growth and development, including healthy brain function.

Dr. Albanese also said that in animal studies, omega-3 fatty acids were found to reduce the build-up of atherosclerotic plaque and may also prevent amyloid plaque accumulating in the brain, a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

So eating fish regularly helps protect against dementia. Just as well that fish is my favorite animal protein. If you don’t like to eat fish as much as I do, you can always take essential fatty acids supplements like Neways EFA Recovery Plus to ensure that your body gets all the EFA it needs.

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Nuts To You

Horrors! I’m almost out of almonds. The cashew nuts are gone, the pine nuts are running low and Andrew just finished the pecans. I think the sunflower seeds are gone too. Time to stock up. Nuts and seeds make great snacks. Even Ginger, our dog, loves nuts. The minute I take some out, she stalks me. She locks her big, melting brown eyes on me and doesn’t budge until she gets her fair share.

Nuts and seeds are great sources of omega-6 essential fatty acids and the antioxidant Vitamin E. Together, these two compounds work to keep skin elastic and reduce the signs of aging. Free radicals cause aging, sickness and disease and antioxidants fight free radicals. A study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005 found that eating almonds together with heart-friendly foods like soya products can also significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

I like to eat my nuts and seeds raw. They taste sweeter this way, and they also retain their nutrients and other health benefits. For guilt-free snacking which is even anti-aging, always keep some nuts and seeds handy. They’re great in salads and cereals too.