Balancing the Essentials

Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids that your body cannot produce on its own. This means it is essential that you get them from dietary intake, whether from food or supplementation.

Sourcing Your Essentials

The most common food associated with omega-3 is fish, especially wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These high-fat fish swim in cold water. The trouble is you cannot be sure if they are free of mercury or other contaminants, which would pretty much counteract the benefits of any omega-3.

Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, are a safe omega-3 choices, particularly if you buy from local farmers or an organic supplier, moderating the ingestion of herbicides or pesticides.

Also of the plant world, avocados, olives, walnuts and sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds are healthy sources of omega-6. Additionally, flaxseed oil just happens to contain high levels of alpha-linolenic acid: omega-3.

An organic source of flaxseed oil is the key omega-3 ingredient in AIMega: a plant-based omega-3 and -6 supplement. The omega-6 in AIMega is linoleic acid, from the organic oils of sunflower and sesame seeds and olives. So AIMega delivers both essential fatty acids, providing an ideal “supplemental” choice.

It’s also ideal for another essential reason: balance. AIMega gives you a 2 to 1 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. The reason for this goes a long way back in time and all the way back to the present.

Historical Balance

Things change over time but not always in a good way. This is the case with the history of human beings and their intake of omega-3 and omega-6.

In studies of early human beings, it has been determined that they had a ratio of roughly 1:1 of both essential fatty acids, a fine balance that keeps omega-3 and -6 working well together. Our early ancestors got these essentials from meat, wild plants, eggs, fish, nuts and berries.

Jump ahead to the modern Western Diet, and suddenly people are getting way too much omega-6 and not even close to enough omega-3. The use of cereal grains instead of grass to feed livestock has changed the fatty acid profile that humans ingest when they eat meat. This along with the intake of refined vegetable oils and processed foods has greatly altered the quantity, quality and ratio of essential fatty acids.

In fact, the ratio of omega-6 to -3 jumps as high as 25:1 in some estimates although the average is likely somewhere in the middle. And that means increased inflammation in the body.

Inflammation

In short, omega-3 decreases inflammation. That’s a good thing because inflammation is said to be the underlying cause of disease.

Omega-6 increases inflammation. This is also a good thing when it comes to the body’s ability to respond inflammatorily to injured tissues from burns, physical trauma, bacteria, toxins or other causes.

You cannot see it happening internally, but a simple paper cut is a great visual and physical sense of the positive side of inflammation. The redness you see and the rawness you experience is your body using inflammation to heal.

This inflammatory response is the way that the body protects you. But it’s a balancing act: no inflammation unless required to improve your health. Having an omega-6 dominant diet upsets that balance right down to the cellular level.

Cell Membranes

The primary components of every cell in your body are omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. If your intake is a healthy ratio, then omega-3 helps you stay on top of inflammation. But if you’re getting too much omega-6, inflammation dominates.

A high omega-6 to -3 ratio promotes the onset and progression of health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Increased levels of omega-3 have preventative effects, helping to maintain good health.

So balancing your intake of omega-3 and -6 contributes greatly to maintaining healthy cells and keeping inflammation useful not harmful. Supplementing with AIMega can help to maintain that balance.

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7 Nutritional Strategies for Headaches

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If you suffer from headaches, migraine or otherwise, finding dietary strategies may prove difficult. Take the banana as an example.  The banana has a lot of good stuff in it: potassium, magnesium, vitamin B 6 and vitamin C. A lot of these nutrients and minerals appear on this list of headache fighters. However, bananas also find themselves on the list of possible migraine trigger foods. That means, finding a nutritional strategy is really an individual journey, one that should possibly be even undertaken with the aid of a health care professional.  With that said, here’s a list of vitamins and minerals that have shown promise for headache prevention and elimination.

  1. Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 
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50% RDI of B-2, B-6, B-12

According to current lines of scientific thought, migraine sufferers are believed to have an impaired ability to metabolize oxygen due to mitochondrial dysfunction. Since riboflavin plays such an important role in metabolism, it could therefore improve mitochondrial functioning and overall oxygen metabolism. The majority of test subjects in a Belgian study saw a significant reduction in migraine attacks after consuming 400 mg of vitamin B-2 daily.

2. Magnesium

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High concentration topical magnesium

Of all the nutrients on this list, magnesium probably has the best scientific evidence backing it for migraine prevention, migraine reduction and headache relief in general.

  • First, people who suffer from migraines are believed to have magnesium deficiencies in their brains.
  •  Secondly, serotonin deficiency can cause migraines. Guess what nutrient balances serotonin levels? It’s magnesium.
  • Thirdly, it’s shown promise as a way to relieve PMS-related headaches.
  • Magnesium may also be able to stop small, calcium-related blood clots from forming and causing headaches.
  • For general headaches, magnesium may relieve tension and spasms in the head and neck muscles.

3. CoQ10

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60 mg of CoQ10, balanced EFAs

A 2002 study found that migraine sufferers who took CoQ10 for periods of three months or more reduced their frequency of attacks by half.

Sources (1-3): Migraine Trust, The Magnesium Miracle

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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Balanced omega fatty acids

In a small study published in Pain, researchers found that balanced omega fatty acids reduced headache pain and frequency and improved quality of life. A 2002 study on adolescents found that omega 3’s may be beneficial for recurring migraines.

5. Folate, B6, and B12

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10% RDI folate and other B Vitamins

A study released in early 2015 linked a diet high in the B vitamins folate (B-9), B-6 and B-12 to a reduction in migraine frequencies.

6. Probiotics

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Friendly bacteria

Some headaches are associated with a stomach bug known as helicobacter pylori.  Eliminating that stomach bug with antibiotics cleared up the headaches. However, if those people followed up the antibiotics with probiotics, they only had a 20% chance of relapse. Those who took the antibiotics alone were 50% likely to relapse.  Source: CBS News

Counter-intuitively, irritable bowel syndrome can cause headaches. Probiotics may relieve IBS and would then reduce headaches in that way.

7. Vitamin B-3, Calcium and Vitamin D

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38% RDI Calcium, 70% RDI Vitamin D, 26% RDI Magnesium

Vitamin B-3, calcium and vitamin D have all shown promise as a way to reduce premenstrual headaches.

Nutritional Strategies for Dry Eyes

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If you’re a big fan of Dr. Greger over at Nutrition Facts, you may have seen his video on “Treating Dry Eye Disease with Diet.” The video contains graphic pictures of eye surgery and extremely unhealthy eyes, so be aware of that before making the decision to view it.  Over ten million Americans suffer from dry eyes, so the problem might seem small, but it cuts a wide swath.

Among other things, the video explains that vitamin A deficiency can completely destroy your peepers. Luckily, in the developed world this problem is rare, but in the developing world a common first sign of vitamin A deficiency is the dreaded dry eyes.

Dr. Greger also cites a 1991 study titled “The Influence of Diet on Tear Function.”  To increase that beneficial eye moisture, the study suggests lowering your intake of protein, fat and cholesterol while increasing complex carbohydrates. (Smoking is also considered bad news across the board).  The research also advocates eliminating alcohol and caffeine and reducing sugar and salt.  Furthermore, the study recommends increasing vitamin A intake via red, orange and yellow veggies as well as leafy green ones and to get more folate, B6, potassium, vitamin C and zinc through dietary sources. Also, drinking water–another study showed that better hydration leads to more tear production. It’s almost too clever.

But beyond that video, we can easily find another nutritional strategy. In a 2011 study called “Current Opinion in Ophthalmology Nutritional Supplements for Dry Eye Syndrome” found that omega fatty acids–a balanced mix of omega -3s and -6s–have the potential to help dry eye disease. The American Optometric Association recommends omega fatty acids also.

So if you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from dry eyes,  there seem to be a variety of nutritional strategies available. The Garden Trio with BarleyLife Xtra provides vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and folate. AIMega provides essential fatty acids.

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AIMega® is an organic seed oil blend that delivers an important source of healthful and essential omega-3, -6 and-9 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are incorporated into every cell of the body, and are key structural, metabolic, and regulatory components of cells. They improve and regulate cellular function, reduce inflammation, modulate immune response, optimize health and well-being, and help prevent chronic disease.

The Immune System Marches on Its Stomach

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There’s an expression in the healthcare industry: “The immune system marches on its stomach.” Why do they say this? Well, it’s because the sciences of nutrition and immunology are interwoven. You can’t have a functioning immune system when your nutrition needs aren’t being met. In fact, the biggest cause of immunodeficiency in the world is malnutrition. That’s why taking your Daily Essentials of BarleyLife®, Herbal Fiberblend®, and AIMega® is so important for proper immune-system nourishment. These three products bolster the immune system separately, but together, they’re a juggernaut of whole-body health.

A study out of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, England recently found that green vegetables like green barley leaves are the chemical source of signals that our body needs to communicate in order to destroy foreign and infectious materials. The chemicals are called intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs), and when the researchers deprived mice of green vegetables the mice had 70%-80% fewer IELs than the mice that were given green vegetable matter.

Furthermore, vitamin A and iron play huge roles in promoting a healthy immune system. Deficiencies of vitamin A and iron are some of the most common in the world. An iron deficiency can cripple immune-system response. Vitamin A embeds itself in the mucous membranes and the respiratory tract is on the front line of the immune system. Both are needed for proper health, and luckily, vitamin A and iron are best taken in conjunction. You will find these nutrients in BarleyLife.

The immune-system benefits don’t stop there. Another study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that soluble fiber fundamentally changes the way that immune cells behave. Soluble fiber increases the production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4. Prior to the introduction of soluble fiber, immune cells are aggressive and pro inflammatory, but when the body has enough soluble fiber, they switch to antiinflammatory and become better at helping the body fight off infection.

Let’s not forget about the importance of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids found in AIMega. The immune system relies on a balance of fatty acids in order to fight off disease. The typical American diet is imbalanced, and most people get too much of omega-6 but not enough of omega-3. As usual, nature has already solved this problem in the form of flax seed oil, which is one of three organic seed-oil ingredients in AIMega, providing a balance of omega-3 and -6.

According to the School of Modern Herbal Medicine, people who have omega-3 deficiencies suffer from reduced immune activity. Experimental studies at Linus Pauling Institute have shown that fatty acids can modulate immune response. AIMega’s fatty acids provide you with the correct blend of plant-sourced fats to keep your immune system running smoothly.

Drinking BarleyLife every day is a great way to flood your body with phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Taking cleansing and detoxifying Herbal Fiberblend on a daily basis ensures a supplemental source of necessary soluble and insoluble fiber. The addition of AIMega provides a balanced 2:1 ratio of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that must come from your dietary intake each day as your body cannot produce these essential nutrients. All three Daily Essentials work together, combating inflammation in support of your immune system.