We recently had a stand at the Gluten Free Show in Christchurch and talked to a large number of people about the role of Flax Seed oil on food allergies and Flax Seed fibre on bowel, prostate and breast health.
We saw one horrifying sight – a very restless and upset two year old being lugged around by a very young mum. The wee boy had terrible red, angry, scaly eczema all over the visible bits of his skin – apparently his skin is all like this.
Having been through this experience myself I can imagine what life is like for the whole family – not fun.
I was fortunate to find the solution for Oliver and my family, which is why I now make the best Flax Seed oil in the world and continue to use it regularly.
So we dragged this mother over and I had a good chat to her about how important Omega 3 in the diet is and this was the probable cause of her little boys terrible eczema– she knew nothing about nutrition. We also gave the little boy a taste of a Flax Seed oil smoothie which he loved.
Having found that applying the oil direct to the skin took the itch out for Oliver, I rubbed a bit of Flax Seed oil onto his red and angry ankle. About half an hour later I happened to run into them further around the show – his ankle was already looking better – the scalyness was gone and red was looking less angry.
For those of you with milk allergies, another great way to get Omega-3 and sulphur protein (more later) into the whole family is Abby’s Flax Seed oil mayo.
If you want to get the recipe for our flax seed oil smoothie or Abby’s flax seed oil mayo, make sure you check out the recipe page on this blog or check out my other blog entries- both are featured as tips of the day.
If you know anyone with a child with eczema like this “pass it on”.
The signs of Omega-3 deficiency
Author’s note: In my last post I talked about the fact that your skin, hair or nails are usually the first place you see a lack of Omega-3, following this, many of you asked about other things that may be indicators of an Omega-3 deficiency, so I have outlined some more for you.
A lack of Omega-3 in the diet is more common than you might think, most people on a typical western diet are getting more Omega-6 than they need (see “What are Omega-6 fats?” blog) and not enough Omega-3 – this causes an imbalance in the body that often displays itself as the symptoms of an Omega-3 deficiency.
Typically this lack of Omega-3 will show up as one or more of the following physical symptoms:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive ear wax
- Frequent urination
- Attention deficit
- Soft, brittle or easily frayed nails
- Lowered immunity
- Dry eyes
- Poor wound healing
- Frequent infections
- Learning and memory problems
- Patches of pale skin on cheeks
- Cracked skin on heels or fingertips
- Craving for rich fatty foods
“Ouch – that’s a long list, several of these are me” you say?
You are right, it is a long list but many of these conditions can be easily remedied by returning to a better balance of Omega 3 and 6. By changing your diet to include things like flax seed oil that are high in Omega-3, you can boost the levels of Omega-3 in your body and return to this better ‘balance’ – more on that later.
“The list also seems to potentially include any part of the body?”
Yes it does, because all the cells in your body should have Omega-3 in their cell membranes to function smoothly, so lack of Omega-3 can manifest in many ways throughout the body.
Everybody is different – your diet, exercise levels and mental attitude all affect the way your body is going to show an Omega-6/Omega-3 imbalance.
Most people I see are exhibiting some symptoms of lack of Omega-3 – but no I don’t go around looking for lots of ear wax.