Hello Fresh Fruit Cleansers,
Hoping you are all well and enjoying this day.
Maybe the movie The Wizard of Oz was telling us something when the tin man had to have oil applied to him all the time. Maybe we humans aren’t so different than the tin man…it seems we, too, need healthy doses of oil on a regular basis to look and feel our best.
I write about flaxseed oil and coconut oil in the Fresh Fruit Cleanse book. As many of you know, flaxseed oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. What do those Omega 3s do? They protect cell membranes and help to improve cell communication, as well as, many other benefits.
Here’s a little more info from the University of Maryland Medical Center website:
Flaxseed oil contains both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are needed for health. Flaxseed oil contains the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts into eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Some researchers think that flaxseed oil might have some of the same benefits as fish oil, but the body is not very efficient at converting ALA into EPA and DHA. And the benefits of ALA, EPA, and DHA are not necessarily the same. Omega-3 fatty acids, usually from fish oil, have been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease and arthritis. Studies are mixed about whether flaxseed oil is useful for the same conditions…
Getting a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is important. These essential fats are both examples of polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, while many omega-6 fatty acids tend to contribute to inflammation. A healthy diet should consist of roughly 2 – 4 times fewer omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet, however, tends to contain 14 – 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Many researchers believe this is a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States…
Flaxseed – but not flaxseed oil – also contains a group of chemicals called lignans that may play a role in the prevention of cancer.
Also, Omega 3s are one of the best things you can give yourself and your growing baby if you are pregnant. Here is an excerpt…you can read the full article from www.webmd.com.
Research has suggested that increasing intake of dietary omega-3 fatty acids may have a number of health benefits. And babies whose diets include an abundance of essential fats seem to have an edge in terms of early development. Now new research shows that the same is true for infants born to mothers whose diets contain plenty of this essential fatty acid. Researchers found that infants born to mothers with higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) at delivery had advanced levels of attention spans well into their second year of life. During the first six months of life, these infants were two months ahead of those babies whose mothers had lower DHA levels.
Attention is considered an important, but not the only, component of intelligence early in life, lead researcher John Colombo, PhD, tells WebMD.
“This adds to the mounting evidence that DHA plays an important part in brain development,” he says.
DHA is important for the developing brain, which accumulates large amounts of it during the first two years of life. Compared to the rest of the body, the brain and nervous system contains very high levels of DHA but its exact role in the brain is not fully known.
DHA is found naturally in breast milk and is now available in infant formulas and some baby foods. Atlantic salmon, Pacific cod fish, and tuna are some of the best food sources of the omega- 3 fatty acid, but algae-derived DHA supplements are also now available.
The study involved some 70 mothers and infants. At the ages of 4-, 6-, and 8-months of age, the babies were tested for visual learning ability. The testing involved showing them pictures and recording their reactions.
“We know from past research that when we show babies pictures during the first year of life, as they get older they look less and less,” Colombo says. “The reason is that they are taking in the information faster as they develop.”
Babies born to mothers who had higher blood levels of DHA scored better on the attention tests until 6 months of age, and they scored better on different tests designed to measure visual learning in older babies at 1 year and 18 months. The findings are reported in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development.
Not So Fishy Food Sources
While Colombo says he encourages his pregnant friends to add salmon to their diets, he adds that it is not yet clear how much DHA a woman needs during pregnancy. He hopes to answer this question in future studies with nutritionist and co-author Susan Carlson, PhD.
“What we can say right now is th at authorities are concerned that pregnant women are not getting enough omega-3 in their diets,” Carlson tells WebMD. “A number of observational studies suggests a link between DHA levels during pregnancy and a baby’s behavioral performance.”
Coconut oil is awesome for you. If you aren’t eating it, drinking it, rubbing it, massaging it on your skin regularly, it’s time to give your body and self this beneficial gift. I suggest adding coconut oil to your favorite smoothie recipes in the Fresh Fruit Cleanse book. But, did you know there are many other therapeutic uses for coconut oil?
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
100 Percent Pure Oil
So, this brings me to the last bit of healthful information I want to share with you…my favorite all-natural, incredibly awesome skin care product made by 100 Percent Pure. I love this stuff. I have been using it regularly for the past 6 months and it’s the best and most therapeutic product I’ve found for my skin yet. I wrote a previous article, on the Fresh Fruit Cleanse blog, about how much I love 100 Percent Pure’s all-natural shampoo and conditioner called Glossy Locks. And, I still love it and use it all the time. You can read the Glossy Locks post here.
At that time, I hadn’t yet tried any of their skin care products, but, now I have and they are fabulous. So, the two I love, and, I hope to try more, including, their cleansers, etc, but, for now, the two I’ve tried and love are the Super Fruits Concentrated Serum ($35) and the Red Wine Resveratrol Antioxidant Serum. ($32)
Both are age protective serums made from essential oils and they both offer similar benefits. And, they will last you a long time because only a small amount is necessary each night to be able to to cover your whole face with the moisturizing oils. Check out these incredible ingredients in the Super Fruits Serum:
Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Extracts of Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Leaf/Seed, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Fruit (Acai Berry), Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
That explains why it’s so good for you skin. So, it’s well worth the investment for the health of your skin. If any Fresh Fruit Cleanse blog readers have tried any other 100 Percent Pure products, please comment on this post and let us know. Haven’t tried it but have a feeling that Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream is good stuff, too.
Oh, that’s right…there’s one more thing I want to share with you. My newly discovered recipe for healthy chocolate milk good for you or your kids. Who doesn’t love chocolate milk? Now, you can drink chocolate milk that is full of antioxidants and free of unhealthy sugars. You can be flexible with your measurements and really go by taste. But, for one cup of chocolate milk, hot or cold, with beneficial coconut oil and age-reversing, antioxidant packed raw chocolate these measurements will do you and your body good.
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond/coconut milk (I like Almond Breeze available at most grocery stores. You could also use regular unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 Tablespoons of raw chocolate (I like Navitas Naturals available at Whole Foods. I even found it at a new Giant Eagle!)
- 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (available at Whole Foods and most health food stores)
- Agave syrup or Raw honey
Top with healthy marshmallows…is there such a thing? I bet there is but I haven’t ever tried them. But, the chocolate milk is delicious without any marshmallows, too, and if you’re a coffee drinker, this could be a drink that helps you to kick the bean, or, at least drink the cafe less often. The chocolate milk is a great way to start your day, or, give yourself a little sweet treat before you go to bed at night.
I hope you enjoy.
I’ll be back soon to share more…
Blessings always to your health. 🙂