Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted September 5, 2011

Published in Health

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Five Ways You Thrive With Flax Seeds for Pennies a Day

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Why Consuming Fish for Omega-3s Is Like Eating Radioactive Vegetables

You can’t eat a single nutrient in isolation. This includes overhyped omega-3 fatty acids. Whether you get these nutrients from food or pills, they’re part of a flax seed in spoon_opt.jpgpackage.

Here’s an illustration. Just imagine for a moment you want to get more fiber into your diet and decide vegetables are the way to do this. So you buy some veggies, but they were grown near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and have low levels of radioactivity. Not enough to kill you right away, but enough to raise your cancer risk through the rest of your life. How likely are you going to be to want those veggies? Because the fiber and everything else good in the veggies is there, but the radioactivity pollutes the whole package. You can’t have one without the other.

Essential fatty acids give you a similar choice. Do you want your omega-3s packaged with dangerous components that make you sick? Especially when you can get them in packages with lots of other substances that boost your health?

Fish and fish oil, which cleverly written ads and even many nutrition “experts” push for their omega-3s, come most often come packaged with a load of undesirable components:

  • Mercury
  • Toxic persistent organic pollutants
  • Cholesterol
  • Saturated fat
  • Parasites
  • Microbes that cause food poisoning
  • Drugs used on fish farms
  • Destruction of the marine ecosystem that supports life on our planet.

Lab analysis proves that even factory distillation leaves many pollutants behind in fish oil. So although the omega-3s are present, so are a lot of things you don’t want, but have to accept if you choose this package. Remember, plants are the base of the food chain, so there is no desirable nutrient in fish that did not originate in far more nutritious plants.

Flax seeds are a way better option, a package of gifts you want. Keep in mind you need to grind flax seed to get its nutritional benefits. The seed has a very hard shell. If you don’t grind it before eating, it will go through your digestive system intact and you get no benefit.The best way to grind flax is in a coffee grinder. Grind enough for a week or two and keep it refrigerated, or buy it already ground. Eat two tablespoons a day sprinkled on cereal, oatmeal, salads, wraps, grains, or mixed in smoothies.

Here are five ways these tiny powerhouses nourish your needs.

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