Very Fishy

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Omega-3 Fish Oils… we hear it frequently… salmon, sardines, mackerel… fish oil is good for you.  There is some discussion as to whether we get enough.

Most of us look toward supplements to augment what foods may not provide…the question is, are we poisoning ourselves by trying to do something positive?

I just learned that there is a great website that tests the level of contaminants in various brands of fish oil.  We can be  ingesting mercury, PCBs, and other toxins…. fish oil may be the ‘sewage of the sea’ unless it is well processed.

So, please check your supplements.  It isn’t a bargain if you are not getting pure and clean supplements!

 

 

Walking the Tightrope

tight-rope-walker-stickman-md High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol linked together?  Probably….. in the hopes of better managing my last high cholesterol reading, I altered my diet immensely, ingesting more easily digestable foods like oatmeal, as well as nuts and seeds.  What I’ve found (I haven’t gotten re-tested yet) is that my blood pressure has dropped dramatically.  So much so that I’m splitting my 20mg pill and still have very attractive levels (6 days into this).

Besides foods like oatmeal, rice, quinoa, and including sea vegetables for the iodine (remember some foods compete and reduce the absorption of others), I’m including lots of legumes, such as a medley of pinto beans, edamame, and corn kernels (for niacin too)… actually enjoyable.

What I’ve also found in my research, is that some foods are high in plant stanols which naturally lower cholesterol (at least thats what they say)… My new list of foods to include in my diet are:

  • Green Lettuce
  • Capers
  • Rice bran (included in some foods)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raw Cauliflower
  • Wheat Germ
  • Raw radishes
  • Figs
  • Spinach raw
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Onions (raw)
  • Beets (raw)

There are other foods, but these have the highest levels of plant stanols.  Keep in mind that it has been established or estimated that the daily requirement is 2000mg….far more than we can consume through foods.  To come a little closer, I am now using Benecol butter spread as well.  For some reason, England is far more advanced in supplying their population with foods fortified with plant stanols, but they are not available here in the US….hmmm.. this sounds similar to the bone density supplement that is not available here either…. think the pharma and medical industry has a hand in this since the UK is more socialized?

Oh, and there are ‘good’ desserts like brownies and muffin tops that also add plant stanols too…. who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

I’m working up the nerve to get re-tested soon… I need to give this food time to alter the system sufficiently to get ‘real results…. hopefully my lowered blood pressure is a good indicator!  I wouldn’t mind eliminating that drug either!

Bon Apetit!

 

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