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Seed Power!

Seeds are potent foods and a delicious, inexpensive way to get lots nutrients. They are cheaper and lower in fat than nuts. They are packed with protein and beneficial fats. They can be eaten a variety of ways, but should always be soaked overnight and thoroughly rinsed in order to get rid of enzyme inhibitors. After that, you can sprout them, dehydrate them to make crackers, toss them in salads, sprinkle them over vegetables, and also dry them in a dehydrator and then grind them to make a raw “parmesan” sprinkle find more.

Hemp

The more I researched, the more convinced I became that hemp is a superfood that contains super fat and superlative protein. Hemp contains GLA, found to be effective in weight loss. Hemp contains all the essential fatty acids (fats) and all the essential amino acids (protein).

Lynn Osburn calls hemp seed “the most nutritionally complete food source in the world” (Hemp Line Journal, Vol. I No.2). She explains that hemp seed oil is 55% linoleic acid (LA) and 25% LNA (linolenic acid), or 2.2 times more LA than LNA, which makes it “the best seed oil for optimal health and prevention of fatty degeneration.” Osburn concludes that “plants have created the perfect container to safely store the EFAs and protect them from light and oxygen damage. It is the seed. And as long as we get our essential fatty acids by eating whole seeds, the life force within us is charged with vitality. Hemp seeds contain the perfect balance of the essential fatty acids required by the human body. Hemp seed oil is indeed the oil of life.”

It is illegal to grow hemp in the USA although it is legal to sell it here. Perhaps that is why it is so expensive. These laws need to be changed!

Warning: before you take a drug test, be sure to mention that you eat hemp. You might fail the test due to some THC content. (The trace content is not enough to alter your consciousness, though.)

Flax

Entire books have been written about the wonders of flax seeds. Flax has been used in Canada in treatment of breast cancer. It has been proven in scientific studies to reduce weight, reduce the risk of cancer, help diabetics, improve brain and mood disorders, reduce asthma, reduce arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, keep the heart healthy, and more.

If you are a raw fooder, I don’t need to tell you how wonderful flax seeds are. They are very common in raw food crackers, breads, and gourmet dishes. They are one of the richest foods in omega 3s. Sometimes raw fooders jump in directly from the standard American diet in which the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio is often 6 to 1 (instead of 1:1 or 2:1 that is the standard recommendation). These people suddenly experience a brain awakening like no other, and rapid weight loss, just because of these delicious, inexpensive seeds!

With all of the glamor attributed to flax, imagine my surprise, when researching for this book, to discover that flax can be toxic! Flax contains antagonistic factors of the vitamin B group. Studies done by Toug, Chen and Thompson (1998) as well as Rickard and Thompson (1998) demonstrate that flax contains toxins that have made medical doctors advise against its consumption for pregnant and lactating women! Human consumption of flax has even been banned in France and limited in Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium!

Healthy Teas

One cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away!

Tea drinking has been an important part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. One of the oldest documents about teas and their health benefits was written by a Jesuit missionary, Father Matteo Ricci, who travelled to China during the Ming dynasty visit this link. His journal, which was published in 1610, mentioned that tea drinking contributed to longevity and prevented serious illnesses among the Chinese. Nowadays considerable scientific research has been done to study the health benefits of different types of tea and the following are some of their results:

Cancer Prevention

The Institute of Nutrition and Food Hygiene in China has done research on 145 types of tea and found that green tea has the highest potential to prevent cancer. The other kinds of tea that have cancer-prevention potency are Brick, Jasmine, Oolong and black tea. Generally, tea can help prevent cancer in two ways. First, it can block the formation of cancer-causing substances such as aflatoxin and nitrosamines. At Shizuoka University in Japan, researchers have done a lot of studies about this ability of green tea and discovered that malignant tumors in mice that were fed green tea did not develop as rapidly as in those not on tea. The other way tea can help us fight cancer is by preventing cell mutation, as the polyphenols in green tea have antioxidants that inhibit mutation of the DNA in healthy cells and prevent them from becoming cancer cells.

Heart Health

Oolong and Pu-erh teas have the most benefits for our heart health. First of all, they contain a lot of phenols that help inhibit the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract, which accordingly helps lower the cholesterol level in the bloodstream. Second, they have potential to decrease the tendency of blood to form unwanted clots. And last but not least, they can help strengthen and keep the blood-vessel walls soft, which is very important because strokes and thrombosis usually happen to people whose blood vessels have lost their elasticity. A study by the Institute of Traditional Medicine in China has recently done detailed research about Oolong tea on rabbits and received a very impressive result. They found that feeding rabbits with oolong tea had almost the same effect on the blood vessels as giving them rutin, a nutrient that has been widely used for preventing blood vessels from losing their flexibility.

Weight loss

Oolong and Pu-erh teas are also famous for their slimming effect as I have mentioned earlier that they help reduce cholesterol in the digestive tract and bloodstream. The most popular slimming tea on the market right now seems to be Oolong combined with some other herbal ingredients. It has been reported in the news and various health articles that women who drank two or three cups of Oolong tea a day have lost up to 15 pounds in a few months. However, the weight loss effect of Oolong and Pu-erh varies, depending on the consumer personal health and lifestyle.