August 25, 2006 at 9:20 pm #16991
i find that the nutrient only approach of describing foods is a little limited because nutrients can only work for us within a certain substrate depending on our bodys’ current condition.
eg: oranges have vitamin c. vitamin c is good for us. but to someone who is very yin defitient, oranges may do more harm than good because as the citric acid may iritate and warm, or even create heat. the yin which is absent would normally act as a natural buffer against this.
it’s for this reason that i like to be aware of how foods affect us in tcm terms,(that is, as defined according to yin/yang jing/qi/warm/cool/cold/hot)
so i found this description of cod liver oil which i likedAugust 26, 2006 at 9:48 pm #16992
Who know? Grandma was onto something. :)I still can remember the taste of that orange flavored cod liver I used to take when I was like five.August 28, 2006 at 9:05 pm #16994
Oranges are considered cooling. Check out Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. It is a fabulous textbook which bridges modern scientific nutrition with asian food sciences. Cod Liver oil is awesome, Flax oil tends to work better for folks.August 28, 2006 at 10:48 pm #16996
Hypothetically speaking yes. I would wont to access the quality of whatever oils you are taking. Quite often these kinds of oils are rancid. Normally I would suggest some kind of fish oil for a few weeks with a flax seed oil (unrefined, organic, cold pressed, refrigirated.) and then move them to just the flax oil.August 28, 2006 at 10:51 pm #16998
I enjoy pumpkin seed oil. Good for the prostate.August 28, 2006 at 10:51 pm #17000
Although, I am sure that different fish have differing qualities that are not addressed. There is also a mecury issue with fish. If you are taking a supplement fish oil it can be hard to determine where the fish originated. Therfore increasing the difficulty in gauging the mercury content of your supplement. Be assured there is at least a minimal amount.August 29, 2006 at 4:53 am #17002
>>It be nice to think somehow we reclaim some of our older genetic inheritance. To breath under water, etc.<<
funny you mention it, i have a regular dream of being able to breath under waterAugust 30, 2006 at 8:36 am #17004
fish oil, salmon oil – extra strength cod liver oil etc are all inferior to proper, natural cod liver oil… cod liver oil contains a natural source of vitamin D (and A) which normal fish oil doesn’t. (and Vit D is hard to come by unless you bask in the sun most of the day, every day!)
Cod liver oil also varies in quality depending on the brand – make sure that firstly it’s the untreated variety – (sometimes the high-strength ones are a mixture of highly processed cod liver oil, fish oil and synthetic vit D and A added – you dont want that!!) Norwegian cod liver oil is generaly best – sometimes you can buy a bottle of the premium ‘bottom of the barrel’ highly nutritious stuff. A glass bottle of the stuff is better than capsules, the bottle keeps it fresh for longer. Although I did buy quite a few capsule-based cod liver oil, because it was on sale and very cheap!
As it contains vit D and other stuff that helps you use minerals (especially calcium and magnesium) – it’s recomended to eat mineral-rich foods to maximise its effectiveness.
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