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Friday, July 17, 2009

Supplements ... or ... Seeds ... or ... Both?

In this blog I've mentioned several times that I am very interested in raw food and the effect it has, not only on the body and health, but also on the psyche and the spirit. It is for that reason that I interview (among many others) well-know personalities from the world of raw food (such as Jinjee Talifero, Susan Schenk, and Brenda Cobb, and many more booked to come) on my radio show Rewiring the Soul.

At any rate, due to this interest in raw food, while I do not consider myself a 100% raw fooder, because many days one of my meals continues to be cooked, I am nevertheless well on the road to going there, and I've noticed many different effects this has had on me.

My breakfast almost always consists of a green smoothie (banana, pear or apple, handful of spinach leaves or kale or Swiss chard and water), but to that mixture I have been adding more and more of the following ingredients (1 level tablespoon each):
  • organic flax seeds
  • organic sesame seeds
  • organic wheat germ
  • organic wheat bran
  • organic brewer's yeast

The reason I have done this, is because I've come to realize the incredible nutritional value of all of these products ... which is why I've decided to eliminate some (not all of my supplements).

Just look what they contain:

Flax Seeds: Flaxseed is very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids. In addition, the remaining two components of flaxseed -- lignans and fiber -- are being studied for their health benefits. as Lignans, for example, act as both phytoestrogens and antioxidants, while the fiber contained in the flaxseed is of both the soluble and insoluble type. Source

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are high in these minerals: copper, manganese, tryptophan, calcium, magnesium, Sesame seeds also provide iron, phosporus, and zinc, vitamin B1(thiamin) and vitamin E. The minerals found in sesame seeds play a crucial role in health. Source

Wheat Germ: Wheat germ contains many essential nutrients and is a good source of: B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamin, and vitamin B6, Calcium, Complex carbs, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Omega-3 fatty acids, Phosphorous, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin E, Zinc. Source

Wheat Bran: The nutritional benefits of wheat bran are undisputed. It contains fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B6. Source

Brewer's Yeast: (I use the kind that is not bitter, which means it has lost most of the chromium). It has a high nucleic acid count. This is an important component of cell development. Other vitamins and minerals contained in brewer’s yeast are: Folic acid, B12, Potassium, Thiamin, Niacin, Chromium . Source

Add these inexpensive and easily available nutrients to your diet and see what happens.

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