If you’re gluten free, have you tried hemp flour yet?

hemp flour
A nutritious gluten free flour

You may be surprised at the idea of hemp flour.

But then hemp flour isn’t made the same way as normal flour.

And it doesn’t have any gluten in it either.

Organic hemp flour is made as a side product from the pressing of oil from hemp seeds.

It’s got lots of uses. See this Guardian recipe for Hemp and Ginger Cake for example. However, because hemp is naturally gluten free it’s generally advised to mix hemp with other flours at a ratio of one part hemp to three parts other flour.

Hemp has a light nutty flavour that is delicious in breads and biscuits. The nuttiness doesn’t end there either, as many will see a funny side to hemp, as these Canna Biscuits prove.

But there’s a serious side. Hemp flour is seriously nutritious; rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, and it’s a great source of protein (though it shouldn’t be confused with hemp protein powder which is useful for vegans). Hemp flour is also high in vitamins B and E, calcium and potassium.

So it’s the kind of flour to simply smile about.

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Perhaps you hate pills but you know you need your vitamins

Big Shotz
Liquid health boost

Maybe you don’t like popping pills…

But you’ve just started a new exercise regime.

Or you know that you need vitamins and minerals for a specific diet or health reason.

There’s now a multivitamin and mineral drink you can take instead.

Big Shotz is a little bottole of essential vitamins and minerals plus Omega 3 to help you take care of your body and encourage it to perform well.

It comes in a Mango & Passionfruit flavour with 11 vitamins, 6 minerals, Omega 3 and Pre-biotic fibre for optimised health and optimum flavour.

Organic yoghurt just got creamier, with the help of some Guernsey cows

Brown Cow Yoghurts
A superior yoghurt experience

Some things have to be tasted to be believed.

Take Brown Cow organic yoghurt for example…

They make wonderful creamy yoghurt from the superior milk of organic Guernsey cows. The taste is udderly delightful (of course).

Forget your average dairy experience as you indulge in this rich, nutritious yoghurt. It comes in a range of exciting flavours, including butterscotch, grapefruit and pineapple, and my personal favourite: orange, lemon and ginger – there are a dozen flavours to try altogether.

It’s not surprising that the yoghurt has won awards four years in a row.

Because non-homogenised organic milk from Guernsey cows is used you get a rich, live yoghurt, with less than 4% fat and rich in Omega 3 and other trace elements.

And a dreamy dairy yoghurt experience that tastes like heaven.

We all need omega oils. How do vegans get theirs?

We all know we need omega oils in our diets, but how do vegans get it?

Omega fatty acids are important for every cell in the body so a diet rich in the right balance of omega oils is going to mean a healthier you.

The right balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 is crucial. In the western diet we get too much omega 6 but not enough omega 3 – both are needed to support the heart, eyes and brain.

Vegan Omega Oils 3 6 9
Vegan friendly omega oils

Tricky for vegans and vegetarians

But if it’s difficult for most Westerners, with fish being the best source of omega oils, it’s even more tricky for those who don’t eat any meat.

Granovita, a vegetarian food company, offer a solution in an Organic Omega Oil Blend. It contains the ideal ratio of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids.

As a mix of flax oil, hemp oil, sesame oil, pumpkin oil and evening primrose oil, you can use it as an alternative to vegetable oil or olive oil, particularly for drizzling on salads, potatoes and soups.

One final point however, while I believe organic foods are more nutritious and beter for the environment, my own research hasn’t identified any direct benefit of organically sourced omega oils. So if anyone has any information on this I’d be interested to know?

Do Omega-3 Fats Support Heart Health?

Researchers found that omega-3 fat supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, writes Suzanne Dixon.

A review of existing research and reanalysis of certain studies on omega-3 fats and heart health has resulted in a surprising finding: The review calls into question the long-standing positive association between heart health and fish oil supplementation. The focus of the analysis was omega-3 supplements rather than dietary sources.

Fishing for better health

In this study, heart and vascular health was measured by longevity: death due to any cause (all-cause mortality), cardiac death, or sudden death due to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Researchers pooled results from 20 previous studies of a total 68,680 adults in a statistical method called meta-analysis. All of the studies included in the meta-analysis were clinical trials in which some of the participants were given omega-3 fat supplements and others were given a placebo (containing no omega-3s).

Researchers found that omega-3 fat supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death, myocardial infarction, or stroke. For all of the conditions other than stroke, the results trended in the direction of fish oil supplements protecting against cardiovascular disease, though these results weren’t statistically significant. For stroke, the result trended in the direction of suggesting more harm than benefit from omege-3 fat supplements, though again, results were not statistically significant.

Putting results in context

Why do omega-3s have a heart-healthy reputation? While the results of the meta-analysis demonstrate that the relationship between fish oil and heart health is more complicated than previously thought, keep in mind that, among other heart-related benefits, fish oil has been shown to reduce high blood pressure and high triglycerides, both considered markers for heart disease risk. And studies have consistently associated fish-rich diets, such as the Mediterranean-style diet, with better cardiovascular health.

It should also be considered that of the 3,635 studies assessed, just 20 made the cut for the meta-analysis. Studies are often eliminated because a study’s design makes it difficult to compare with other studies, but they may still be relevant to the larger question of a supplement’s efficacy. Of the more than 3,600 other studies on omega-3 fat that were not included in the review, many support health benefits of taking omega-3 fat supplements.

Cutting through the confusion

So what’s a health-conscious consumer to do? Before deciding whether or not omega-3 supplements are right for you, ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Why would I want to boost omega-3s? Omega-3s have shown positive effects in other conditions, including hypertension, anxiety, depression, eczema, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Crohn’s disease. If heart disease is your concern, talk to your doctor about all of the things you can do to reduce risk. Omega-3 supplements may have a place in your heart health plan, but exercising and eating right are the more important first-line defences everyone should consider.
  • What are the downsides of supplementing omega-3s? This study found a trend toward increased risk of stroke in people taking omega-3 supplements—because the results were not statistically significant, however, it’s not clear, based on this study, what recommendations should be made.
  • What are the downsides of not getting enough omega-3s? People take omega-3 supplements for a variety of reasons. If you feel omega-3 supplements provide some health benefit, it may be worth it to keep taking them. Ask your doctor if you’re uncertain.
  • Can I get omega-3s from food? In addition to cold-water fish—such as salmon, sardines, halibut, pollock, and cod—plenty of foods contain omega-3 fats, including linseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and other nuts and seeds. Though most of the evidence showing EPA-DHA benefit has been with fish oil, there are other health benefits of including plant sources of omega-3 fats.

(JAMA 2012;Vol 308:1024–33)

Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognised expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.

Get the right nutrient mix for a power boost for your body

I don’t know if you’re a pill-type person…

My confession is that I am.

I don’t mind taking a vitamin or some other little tablet to boost my health, and the strength of the supplement industry shows I’m not alone.

Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health
Bioglan deliver unique mixes of nutrients for your health

Bioglan are a company who sell themselves on the basis of being “serious about health”. As I get older, their newest products are beginning to look more attractive.

For me their best selling points are the unique mixes of nutrients designed to help the body and the transparent information on their packaging.

Consider…

Super Fish Oil 30s 
Capsules designed to be high in EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids and deliberately coated for release in the intestines where they can be more easily absorbed. Also preventing a fishy after taste.

Red Krill Oil
Again designed to be better absorbed, krill oil is 10 times more powerful than a standard fish oil capsule.

Joint-Aid Triple Action
Combines three important and powerful nutrients help maintain healthy joints: glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane)

Probiotic Gastrohealth
Contains 4 strains of probiotic that can help sustain a healthy level of friendly bacteria.

Stat-Guard
Uses CoQ10, vitamin E and zinc to support cardiovascular health and  metabolism which can be affected by statins.

3 tools for clear skin

3 great tools for skin care
3 great tools for skin care

You know the experience…

You get yourself ready for the day, look in the mirror and think,”What’s that!?”

Any plight on our skin, be it acne, eczema, premature ageing or skin tone issues can come at any time.

It’s worse when the outbreak just won’t go away, or does go and then returns with a vengeance.

Well, Viridian have looked into the research on how we should nourish our skin and found three consistent factors: inflammation, free radical damage and digestion. To combat these three elements they’ve created a trinity of Clear Skin tools.

Clear Skin Complex Veg Caps are a specifically formulated blend of botanicals, minerals, antioxidants and probiotics to aid digestion and designed to offer hope for a clear, fresh, blemish-free skin.

Organic Clear Skin Omega Oil is to help you get enough anti-inflammatory omegas 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids in the right balance. In addition, the oil contains antioxidants and vitamin E for skin cell health.

Finally, The Clear Skin Cookbook is written by celebrity and medicinal chef, Dale Pinnock, to focus on our largest organ, and how diet effects our skin. In the book he offers tasty and healthy solutions, involving the right vitamins and minerals needed to improve the skin’s condition.