Wednesday, March 11, 2009



Words, Judith Ecochard

We always looking for a natural edge to get that glow---without intrusive medical procedures or spackling on chemical vats of makeup to get the perfect visage.

Lately, we’ve learned about the necessary daily diet requirement of Omega 3 Fatty Acid as a must have-to keep the heart and thyroid pumping their potential, and our skin, hair and nails all healthy.

Not that we believe in "Miracle Cures" but we were open to hearing what Sherril Sellman, a noted Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine had to say about functional foods in general. After all, a poor diet can wreck havoc on one’s complexion and other body parts.

And as non meat eaters, we were curious (desperate) to get the facts on SALBA, a certified non-GMO, Gluten free, Kosher and Vegan “Superfood” whole grain that’s a member of the mint family (sold in seed form, seed oil supplements, and in yum nutrition bars)---that’s an amazing source of Omega 3 as well as essential nutrients like magnesium, iron, folate, potassium and anti-oxidants.

LYRA MAG: Are all Omega 3-are supplements equal? Is it better to take in food form?

Sherril Sellman, ND:

When it comes to the world of Omega-3’s, not all are equal.

As you know, Omega 3 Fatty Acids are crucial for good health; regulating heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting, fertility, immune support, and reduction of inflammation. Both the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization agree that most people area severely deficient in Omega 3’s and need to increase their daily intake.

Omega-3's have two primary sources: plants and fish.

The fish option poses problems. Eating fish can be dangerous according to a growing number of studies that contend fish are highly susceptible to pollutants, especially the very toxic heavy metal, mercury.

Some species of fish, particularly fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring, store these toxins in their fatty tissue. When you eat them there is the risk storing cancer-building toxins in your body.

The other contaminants found in fish include dioxins, organichlorine contaminants and chemical solvents - not exactly the added ingredients you want along with your fish dinner. This was recently highlighted by a very public recall of a leading fish oil brand in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong as it was found to contain higher than allowed levels of dioxin — a potential carcinogen.

If you are using a fish oil supplement, it's important to get from a source that has been molecularly distilled to remove these dangerous heavy metals and other contaminants. Unfortunately, many fish oil supplements are laced with these dangerous substances.

Furthermore, frying fish destroys the level and structure of its omega 3's.

Many people have difficulty digesting fish oil from supplements and find that the fishy taste repeats on them. Also, many people have serious allergies to fish.

Considering all these challenges to getting a high quality, toxic free, absorbable form of Omega 3, Salba (a Peruvian ‘ancient seed’ now available in the USA---in ground, seed or as seed oil supplements), offers many benefits:

• Salba contains the highest amount of Omega-3 of any plant-based food.
• Salba has the ideal of 4-1 (Omega-3/Omega ratio)
• It is a pure source and uncontaminated with heavy metals and organochlorines etc.
• It is easily absorbed and assimilated by the body, even in people who have compromised digestion. It certainly won't repeat on you! This is a huge benefit since so many people have compromised digestion.
• It is convenient to eat. It has a neutral flavor and can easily be accommodated as a healthy addition to any food: sprinkled on salads, added to baked goods, sauces, gravies, cereal, yogurts, protein shakes etc. It's easily camouflaged in foods so children can get he benefits.
• It is accompanied by other key nutrients: mineral, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and protein
• It is Allergy-free

How does it help one's hair, nails, providing a rich source of proteins…or a better form of protein?

Sherril Sellman, ND:

Health hair, skin and nails require easily absorbed and assimilated nutrition and a healthy, functioning body especially thyroid, liver, adrenals, etc. So, some of the key nutrients necessary, in the addition to protein, include essential fatty acids, vitamin C, Vitamin A, silicon, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and iron.

Salba is a fabulous source for the vitamins, minerals, protein and essential fatty acids that build healthy hair, skin and nails.

How soon can one expect to see the skin, hair textures?

Sherril Sellman, ND:

This all depends on:
• How deficient a person has been in these vital nutrients
• How healthy their digestive system is
• How stressed they are - stress depletes key nutrients as well as compromises thyroid and adrenals functions.

Some people can see noticeable results in weeks and for others it may take up to 3 months. Most people who consume at least one tablespoon of Salba on a daily basis will see improvements in their energy, aches and pains, weight as well as their hair, skin nails. rather quickly.


For the 411 on Sherrill Sellman, check out her website WHAT WOMEN MUST KNOW

For the scoop on Salba® by Core Naturals online or at 888-499-8665


Omega-3s Than Salmon

Salba offers superior Omega 3 benefits to fish oils and salmon without the strong taste. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development. Salba is the richest vegetarian source of EFAs in nature.

25% MORE
Dietary Fiber Than Flax Seed

Rich fiber content is one of the main reasons Salba is considered nature's perfect whole food ™. Dietary fiber has been proven to lower high blood levels of cholesterol. Because of Salba's ability to absorb several times its weight in water, it may also help to curb hunger.

30% MORE
Antioxidants Than Blueberries

Laboratory and research has shown antioxidants help prevent the free radical damage that is associated with cancer.

15x MORE
Magnesium Than Broccoli

Magnesium helps with formation of bone and teeth and assists the absorption of calcium and potassium. Where calcium stimulates the muscles, magnesium is used to relax the muscles.

Vitamin C Than An Orange

Vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system, helps wounds heal, maintains connective tissue and aids in the absorption of iron.

Calcium Than Whole Milk

Calcium is the chief supportive element in bones and teeth. Calcium salts make up about 70 percent of bone by weight and give your bone its strength and rigidity.

Iron Than Spinach

The main function of iron is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs. When iron is low, this oxygen consumption slows down.

1.1x MORE
Fiber Than All Bran

Dietary Fiber has been proven to lower high blood levels of cholesterol.

50% MORE
The Folate Content of Asparagus

Folate is needed to make DNA and RNA - which is critical during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate also helps to prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.