Q. Hi Natalie, what is the difference between all the various Omega 3 sources -
and the essential oil from clary sage? Is there a difference in absorption into
the body? Do you have a preference, or recommend one over the other? If so, why?
The different Omega 3 sources are in fact a name for a group of three different
types of oil known as: ALA (vegetal), DHA and EPA (fish oil). Our bodies cannot
make this oil, but it’s part of every cell we have. It's a major compound of all
our cell membranes, and the highest concentration is in our brain. The only way
to give our body this vital oil is through our diet. Therefore it's termed
"essential". Our body is quite an advanced organism. If it gets just the ALA
type of oil, it can convert what it needs to the DHA and EPA types, which is a
great benefit, because it has been shown that too much of EPA can be
Another benefit of choosing an ALA source is that it does not
carry the toxins that fish pick up from the sea.
Studies also show that
the ALA vegetal source is adequate for supplying the body all three types of
this essential oil: ALA, DHA and EPA.
Omega 3 sources come from either of
two groups: Vegetable sources (type ALA) and Marine sources (type DHA and
Vegetable Omega 3 sources are:
* Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea) seed
oil contains on average 51 percent
* Chia (hispanic sage) and kukui (candlenut)
contain about 30%
* Hemp seed around 20%
* Pumpkin seed oil may have up to 15%
Walnuts have Omega 3 between 3 to 11%
* Soybean oil normally contains between 3%
Marine sources for Omega 3 fish oil are from a variety of deep sea fish,
like tuna for example and from salmon.
Having already stated above that
ALA is the better type of the three, this actually eliminates animal or marine
sources from our list of choices. Now all that’s left is to pick from the
variety of vegetable sources. The Clary Sage is superior, because all the other
plant-based oils have a major stability problem of oxidation. The ALA goes
rancid very quickly. Clary Sage has been clinically proven to be the most stable
source of this essential oil, because it has a very strong resistance to
oxidation, not found anywhere else in nature.Q. I hope you can help me.
Since winter began I have been experiencing frequent nosebleeds. I have checked
with my doctor and he says I am fine. Can nosebleeds be related to any specific
vitamin deficiencies? A.
Especially in the winter months when the air is dry and
your home is heated, the mucus membrane that lines your nostrils can crack and
bleed. You might also experience a nose bleed if you have allergies or a cold.
In some cases it can also be symptomatic of a vitamin deficiency. In cases of
frequent nosebleeds this could indicate that you need more vitamin C or vitamin
If your daily diet doesn't include a lot of fruits and vegetables and
you are experiencing nose bleeds, you can suspect that a vitamin C deficiency
may be the root of your problem. Your body does not make or store vitamin C, yet
this important nutrient is vital to the growth and repair of body tissues
including blood vessels. Since vitamin C is water soluble, you lose it through
urination. You must replenish it on a daily basis through your diet or with a
supplement. A daily intake of vitamin C for adult males, 19 or older, is 90 mg.
Adult females require 75 mg daily.
You might have a shortage of vitamin K
if you have been taking antibiotics or have a disease that interferes with your
body's ability to absorb the nutrient, such as Crohns disease or disease of the
gall bladder. Vitamin K is a blood-clotting, or coagulant, nutrient that is
found in green, leafy vegetables. A vitamin K deficiency could cause epistaxis
and bleeding from other tissues such as your gums. If you think a vitamin K
deficiency is causing your nose bleeds, talk to your doctor before taking
vitamin K supplements as this vitamin can interact with some
To stop a nosebleed, one needs to bend the neck to tilt the
head forward by pointing the chin toward the chest.
Place a finger and
thumb on each side of the nose to pinch the sides towards each other. This
places pressure on the septum. Waiting in this position for at least 10 minutes
before checking to see if the bleeding stopped may be enough to control the
bleeding.Q. Natalie, I am 35 years old, and I thought I was over my days
of acne! Every time, about two days after shaving, I have several whiteheads
appearing on my face. Can you help? A.
When hair follicles on your face, neck,
chest or back become clogged, various forms of acne may result. Usually oil and
dead skin cells are the cause of whiteheads. Fear not however, because
whiteheads can be controlled with simple self-care methods.
Tea tree has
disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties. There are several facial washes
with tea tree as the main ingredient and can be found in most good health
stores. Lavender essential oil is also an antimicrobial that may be useful on
whiteheads and acne. Apply tea tree oil and lavender oil directly to the
affected skin with cotton balls once or twice a day.
Many of the
botanicals useful as essential oils also provide acne relief in the form of
dried or fresh herbs, especially for facial whiteheads. To prepare a facial
steam, pour boiling water into a large basin and add a large handful of herbs.
Ideal herbs to treat blemishes include lavender, chamomile, juniper berries,
rose petals, bergamot, lemon peel, thyme, sage, yarrow or rosemary. Steam your
face several inches from the basin for about 10 minutes, with a towel draped
over your head and the basin. Rinse your face with cool water.
to use oil-free shaving products. Oil will clog the pores, making existing
whiteheads worse and creating new whiteheads.
The real secret is not to
leave your facial hair too long before shaving. Make sure to shave frequently
and follow the direction of hair growth, with a clean and sharp
razor.This column is brought to you as general information only and
unless stated otherwise is not medical advice nor is it based on medical
experiments. This column is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for
specific medical conditions. For more information about specific problems,
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would have found the safest way to health.' -Hippocrates