These oils (vegetable oils) only contain omega-3 that are converted very slowly in the body into DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are the Very Long Chain Fatty Acids omega-3, essential for humans, and that have curative and preventive properties. Hemp is the only one that contains both gamma-linolenic acid and alpha linolenic acid, especially useful for cystic livers.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS - Hemp Seed
For travel I use Manitoba Harvest Canadian made hemp seed oil capsule. These are all organic. This is what I take to supply with Essential Fatty Acids EFA. I have tried hemp seed butter on toast, but found the green color slightly off putting. I drizzle a teaspoon of hemp oil on my salad or raw vegetables. Hawaii is the only state within the United States with approval for growing industrial hemp. Other forms of EFA, essential fatty acids such as flaxseed (avoid) and fish oil (avoid), creates discomfort and pain and it increases the girth of my abdomen causing my liver cysts to grow and ache. Flaxseed oil creates liver aches and liver cyst growth. For this reason, I am using hemp seed for a daily source of omega 3's and essential fatty acids. Here is a site that compares prices. Some frequently asked questions of Manitoba Harvest hemp seed company.
I have found hemp meal which can be added and baked into a spelt hemp bread. There is hemp cereal, a hemp protein meal, hemp butter for toast, hemp oil, and more. Manitoba Harvest company is one source of hemp seed nut butter. Information on hemp seed food products from Manitoba Harvest and their Recipe list. - For an interesting way to obtain your daily essential fatty acids.
Of the three hemp shakes, the only one that might be useful for PKD'rs the Berry Pomegranate Hemp Shake might be useful to try. The chocolate contains caffeine, harmful to PKD'rs and the Amazon Acai contains Maca. Maca stimulates progesterone receptors. Any questions contact Nutiva directly.
There is also a bread made with hemp seed but it contains soy. I bake my own non-yeasted spelt bread with hemp seeds for a balance of omega 3's and essential fatty acids.
Overview Omega 3 to Omega 6
There are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids that are ingested in foods and used by the body: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of omega-3 fatty acids more readily used by the body. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.
As mentioned previously, it is very important to maintain a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. An inappropriate balance of these essential fatty acids contributes to the development of disease while a proper balance helps maintain and even improve health. A healthy diet should consist of roughly one to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet tends to contain 11 to 30 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids and many researchers believe this imbalance is a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States.
In contrast, however, the Mediterranean diet consists of a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet does not include much meat (which is high in omega-6 fatty acids) and emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.
The Hemp Sisters
Flaxseed if you have liver cysts. I have tried in every form made. Each
time it has caused my liver to ache and grow. I am sorry to say but quite
a few individuals have reported that flaxseed increases their liver cysts.
I thought perhaps it was from freshly ground flaxseed. I was taking a
tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed daily and I too noticed that my
liver started enlarging. I was determined to get my omega 3 essential
fatty acids, I tried flaxseed oil gel caps (organic Barleans). I tried
these daily and this too made my liver grow and ache. I even tried the
golden flaxseed with the same results. The golden had a better taste,
to me. Perhaps it may be the phytoestrogens in flaxseed that causes this
growth in liver cysts? Liver cysts have estrogen receptors. Exposure to
estrogen, phytoestrogens or xenoestrogen triggers the growth of these
The only source of omega 3's I have found to impart the protection and leave me without any increase in abdominal girth and pain is hemp seed oil.
Fri November 12, 2010 4:41 PM