Winter has made its icy presence felt in our neck of the woods as I’m sure it has in yours. We all need to pay a little more attention to our immune status at this time of the year to be sure we don’t fall victim to the flu (bird, swine, equine or whatever Big Pharma wants us to believe – sorry but I’m a bit of a skeptic)) viruses lurking round every corner. Dress warmly and keep your internal body temperature raised with lovely hot nutritious soups in the evenings. My newsletter this season is not going to harp on the common illnesses of winter. I gave you some prevention advice in the Autumn newsletter and if you took heed then hopefully you are laughing.
What’s new? Monthly Newsletters!
As my regular readers know by now, if I can only have my say once every three months I make up for it with very lengthy newsletters. So I decided it may be better for all if I write these newsletters once a month and keep them shorter. This July newsletter is my first attempt at that.
Lucky Draw closes
Thanks to all those who entered the lucky draw for a bottle of See Yourself Well Omega-3 which ran from January to June. Congratulations to the 6 winners, whose names all appear on the homepage of my website. Because it is so important to boost your immune system in winter with Omega-3 EFAs, I am replacing the lucky draw with a Winter Promotion on fish oil supplements. See the end of this newsletter for more details.
Organic Planting Day – 22 September 2009
I urge you to join thousands of other South Africans who on the 22nd September will be planting organic vegetables. Show that you care for the environment and the future of our children by clicking on the “Planting Season” button on my homepage to register. Then get as many of your friends and family involved and start your own organic vegetable gardens on the 22nd September. A very good friend has given me a variety of the most interesting looking chillies, shapes and colours I have never seen before, and I have decided that I shall begin my chilli farming enterprise on that day! Topics this month:
Is soy a good source of protein? Although vegetarians using soy as their main source of protein need to take special note of this one, it is also for anyone eating any processed foods. Soy is everywhere!
Why is fish oil better than flax oil when it comes to Omega-3 supplementation?
THE SHADOW OF SOY
Soybeans were first heavily grown in the States for the soy oil, the one used most often in margarines and shortenings. But once the oil was extracted there was a lot of soy protein soy protein left over. Although soy protein is used as a primary ingredient in animal foods, there is a limit on how much you can safely feed to animals, so marketing experts changed the image of soy to an upscale 'health food' for humans. Nutritionist Mary Enig, PhD sums it up: “So, if you can’t feed it to animals, then you find gullible human beings, and you develop a health claim, and you feed it to them.” Now, while the food industry is busy praising soy's so-called health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, fighting osteoporosis and even reducing the risks of some cancers, researchers are discovering quite the opposite.
The good and bad
The natural health industry has a tendency to lump all soy products into the same category, so before we look at the problems with soy, let’s first acknowledge that there’s good soy and there’s bad soy. It's much like sugar. There's good sugar (raw sugar cane juice) and there's bad sugar (processed white table sugar). Same stuff, different process, and different outcomes. With soy there’s fermented soy which does have health benefits, and then there’s unfermented soy that creates health problems.
Unfermented soy contains many natural toxins or anti-nutrients which cannot be eliminated by soaking or cooking.
Firstly soybeans contain oxalates which prevent proper absorption of calcium and are associated with kidney stones. By blocking calcium absorption soy also causes a deficiency of vitamin D, both of which are needed for strong bones, thus debunking the claim that soy prevents osteoporosis.
The soybean also contains protease inhibitors, which interferes with the digestive enzymes, protease, and most notably, trypsin, causing poor protein digestion, and pancreatic stress.
Lectins in soy cause red blood cells to clump together and inhibit oxygen take-up and growth.
Most controversial of all are the high levels of the phytoestrogens in soy that mimic the effects of the female hormone estrogen. These phytoestrogens may play a role in decreased sperm counts and increased incidences of testicular cancer in men and breast tumours in women - the very same cancers that manufacturers claim soy protects against.
Lastly, it's been known for years that the goitrogens in soy may lead to thyroid problems.
More alarming are the results coming from studies done on soy-based infant formulas. Infants exclusively fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. This has been linked to premature development of girls, underdevelopment of males and a two-fold risk of developing thyroid abnormalities.
Soy is almost impossible to avoid. Being a cheap source of protein, it is found in just about every processed food product available, from hamburgers to breakfast cereals and mayonnaise. Many foods will not list soy as an ingredient on their labels. For example, the soybean produces a substance, lecithin, which is an important ingredient of baking that prevents other ingredients from separating, so some food labels will list lecithin not soy. Salad dressings and cooking oils using soy oil, simply list it as vegetable oil.
Fermented soy is a different story altogether as the long fermentation process counteracts the effects of natural toxins in soya. The fermentation also creates the probiotics, the "good" bacteria that increases the quantity, availability and digestibility of nutrients in the body. Miso, tempeh and soya sauce are fermented soy products. Contrary to popular belief, tofu is not fermented. Whole soya beans are also beneficial, although they must be thoroughly cooked in order to destroy toxic parts of the bean, which inhibit a digestive enzyme called trypsin.
So join today’s best-informed natural health consumers and avoid the processed soy milks, soy "burgers," soy "ice cream," soy "cheese", soy “mince” and the myriad of other soy junk foods that are so readily disguised as health foods by the powerful multi-billion dollar soya industries. Keep up to date with the truth about soy at http://www.soyonlineservice.co.nz/
FLAX VERSUS FISH OIL
I often get asked why I recommend fish oil above flax oil when it comes to Omega-3 supplementation. The reason is that when you are comparing the health benefits of taking these oils, there is no contest really. You see the Omega-3 essential fatty acids that do all the heavy lifting when it comes to protecting you against heart disease, improving memory and concentration and boosting the immune system are EPA (eicosapenteanoic acid – don’t even try to say it!) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are found in fatty fish and fish oils. Flax seed and flax oil contain the Omega-3 fatty acid ALA ( alpha-linolenic acid) which the body then has to convert to EPA and DHA and none of us do that very efficiently. The Hussein Paper in the Journal of Lipids, showed no clinically significant conversion of ALA to either DHA or EPA in 38 men over a 12 week period. This is why the entire omega-3 heart health story has been built on scientific references using EPA and DHA from fish and fish oils. The Gissi prevention study, Alexander Leif's work at Harvard, the Simon Paper, the Lemaitre Paper, the Harris Paper etc. all published in the best of scientific journals show that of the 250 known risk factors for heart disease, EPA and DHA from fish oil take care of close to 30, more than any other nutrient. Some of the main risk reductions that have been clinically proven including lowering of blood TG levels, lowering risk of heart disease by 32%, lowering death from heart attack by 70%, lowering risk of death from stroke by 36%, are all based on EPA and DHA consumption. ALA from flax has never been proven to do any of this. The main paper, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the journal of the American Medical Association, looking at over 200,000 subjects, showed that EPA and DHA were the leading treatment mechanism for the prevention of death from heart attack - ahead of all related pharmaceutical therapies - ALA was nowhere to be found. ALA does convert to DHA at about a 35% rate in chickens, rodents and lizards - that is why flax fed chicken can produce an omega-3 egg with 80mg of DHA - but humans have never shown in the clinical literature to convert ALA to DHA and EPA above 5%. I rest my case.
Now if you would like to know more about the fish oil supplements that I recommend, click here but don’t order till you’ve looked at the fantastic offer below.
Until 31 August 2009
See Yourself Well Omega-3 capsules 90 x 1000mg
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Until we meet again next month, please keep those emails coming. I love hearing from readers and promise to answer all emails personally. In the meantime stay warm and healthy.