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Protection and Lubrication: Oil Up for the Sport of Life

When live, fresh flax seed oil or any similar seed or non-rancid fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids are combined correctly with a high-quality sulfur rich protein, the essential fatty acids (EFAs) combine with the amino acids in the protein to form "water-soluble" lipoproteins. This allows immediate transport of the long-chain unsaturated fatty acids through the bloodstream, and once this effect is accomplished, the body simply begins to heal itself. This statement is based on the evidence and research of the late Dr. Johanna Budwig.

The body is put together from the light, elements and dust of stars, it is truly biological. Therefore, no doctor or drug heals anyone. It is the body that heals itself provided it has the raw materials and energy to do the work of healing. In addition, the natural healing process can be severely hampered by the accumulation of non-functional excess body fat, toxic cellular waste and foreign chemicals that interfere with organ function and structure.

Fear and negative emotions, including worry and self-doubt, also interfere with the healing process. It has been said that diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body. The body is servant to the mind. It obeys the direction set forth by thought. If you believe you cannot be healed, or lose "weight" or improve your health, you are right.

Tracy and I have been taking oil and protein together for so long now that one without the other is simply not an option. In fact if a protein shake doesn't have any oil added to it I won’t drink it. In the wild you won't ever find a high-quality protein not connected to essential fatty acids in structure. Think of wild salmon, ahi tuna, herring, free-range eggs, elk, caribou, bison, venison, soy, hemp and even algae. There are no exceptions to this rule.

We use omega-3 rich multi-blended oils in our salads and Tracy rubs them into her skin, including her face, hands, feet and cuticles. These oils are wonderful for dry, parched aging skin. The EFAs are absorbed directly into the body through the dermis into the bloodstream. Omega-3 rich oils are also good for the scalp and can be applied topically to chronic skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is derived from the seeds of the flax plant. Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of the two EFAs, specifically, alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and cis-linoleic acid (omega-6). Flaxseed oil is the second best known source of alpha-linolenic acid (57%). It used to be number one but has now been surpassed by Chia seed oil.

EFAs are converted in the body to longer chain fatty acids and prostaglandins that control inflammation, improve cellular metabolism, influence cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis and increase energy.

Through numerous biochemical steps that involve enzymatic interaction resulting in desaturation and elongation, both of the two essential fatty acids humans require for optimum health are eventually converted into three series of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are part of a larger family of metabolites called eicosanoids.

Linolenic acid, the omega-3 parent EFA is converted into Series-3 prostaglandins, which are anti-inflammatory. Linoleic acid, the omega-6 parent EFA, is converted into di-homolinoleic acid and then into Series-1 anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, or depending on the diet and one's state of health, into arachidonic acid and then into Series-2 prostaglandins, which promote inflammation.

It’s important to recognize that the environment you put these essential fatty acids into, meaning your body, is relative to what happens to them. They are definitely not metabolized well if for example, you routinely drink excess amounts of alcohol, have a poor functioning thyroid or have a sluggish metabolism caused by poor physical condition.

The ratio between the two EFAs is also enormously important. What I mean is the total amount of EFAs you ingest in a day. Ideally your diet should be dominated by more omega-3 fats than omega-6 fats. The North American norm however, is completely lopsided in favor of omega-6, and most of these fats and oils are heat damaged or sterile. A far cry from our original genetically correct ancestral diet.

EFAs enhance thermogenesis (heat production), improve endocrine function, strengthen the immune system, improve neurological function, speed wound healing and accelerate recovery from workouts. Thyroid, adrenal conditions and especially adrenal exhaustion respond well to liberal amounts of EFAs.

Chia Seed Oil

Chia seeds are imported from Mexico and South America. Chia seed oil is an outstanding source of the two EFAs. In fact chia seed oil is now recognized as the richest known source of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). At 62% is surpasses flax by about 5%.

Chia seed oil has an extremely high ORAC value due to naturally occurring cinnamic acids. ORAC is an acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. ORAC value is a scientific method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of different foods.

Natural foods with high ORAC value play an important biological role in protecting cells, mitochondria and DNA from uncontrolled free radical damage. Chia seed oil has a higher ORAC value than fresh blueberries.

Organic Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is derived from Cannabis sativa hemp seeds grown organically in Canada. Like flax and chia, hemp is also a great source of the two EFAs and a rare natural source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) 2-4%.

GLA has a successful therapeutic application for managing salmonella infection, inflammation, PMS, ADHD, depression, skin disorders, arthritis, asthma, allergies, autism and weight loss. Hemp seed oil has a light green color and a gourmet nutty flavor.

Red Microalgae

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a 22 carbon long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that provides many health benefits. It is found throughout the body. It is a major structural fat in the brain and retina accounting for up to 97% of the omega-3 fatty acids in the brain and up to 93% in the retina. DHA is also a key component of a healthy heart.

Red microalgae are grown in fermentors, then harvested and processed to extract the DHA-rich oil. The finished product is a clear, amber-colored oil rich in DHA. The DHA-rich algae oil is cold pressed without exposure to heat, light or oxygen. There is also a small amount of EPA present. Rosemary Oil Extract Rosemary oil extract is derived from the organic leaves of Rosemary. It is added as an antioxidant to protect the live fresh oils present in the sport oil blend from peroxidation and rancidity. Peroxidation occurs when lipids (fats) are exposed to oxygen and light.

An oil blend derived from flax, chia, hemp and red marine algae, is really the ultimate blend for total body lubrication: inside and out. This unique blend of natural seed and algae oil provides a direct source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and an excellent EFA ratio of 3 to 1, dominated of course by omega-3s.

Don't underestimate the importance of mixing oil with protein. EFAs reduce inflammation, and silent inflammation is correlated with the top three killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Get into the habit of Shaking and Taking every day and promote the concept to your friends, family and clients. A protein shake consisting of the highest quality oil and protein blend you can buy prepares the body for the stress of intense physical activity and protects it from depletion, injury and fatigue.

As always, stay well and live free... CH

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