I little while ago I was chatting with Jordan at PerpHect Balance who wondered if I’d heard of their Omega Oil blends. I was excited to hear there was an all Aussie, all Organic Omega 3 Oil out there with some serious health punch, more than just Flax Oil alone. They haven’t won any awards yet, but I’m confident they will come. As a conscious eater, I try and cover all the different food groups, but I’ve been aware for a while that I wasn’t getting enough Omega 3s, and something wasn’t quite right with my energy flow. As I said I was aware, so would go out of my way to add soaked Chia seeds to lots of things and snack on Flax crackers and raw breads, which was all good but I’ve since found an easier way to get a balanced Omega 3 intake, and love the taste. I’ve since been using their Vegan Oil blend and noticed how much more energy I had even after a week. It has such a mild, nutty, tasty flavour which is really delicious on salads and in smoothies. I find it much more palatable than Flaxseed Oil alone – it’s actually delicious. A little further down, I’ve shared a yummy Green Smoothie recipe I made using the Vegan oil.
I’m so excited to giveaway a bottle!
There’s 4 things the winner must have done by 16th October in order to be eligible, see above.
Firstly, I want to give you a bit of background on Omega-3s and why they’re so important for the body, and also about PerpHect Balance.
Meet Dr. Les.
He has spent 25 years researching and consulting in nutritional physiology, beginning with his first post-Doc research program looking at how Omega-3 Fatty Acids positively impacted heart health back in 1986. His now meticulously formulated oil blends have their origins in that early work. PerpHect Balance selects from only those oils that have proven health benefits – i.e., genuine scientific support in peer reviewed literature – from the most functional and exquisite organic seed oils. This ensures each of their omega-3 blends successfully navigate the complexity of the omega-3 metabolic pathway. Check out http://www.perphectbalance.com.au.
Starting with the basics, what are Omega-3’s and why do we need them?
We all pretty much accept that Omega-3 fatty acids are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and that while they are essential nutrients for health, the only essential omega-3 fatty acid is Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). All metabolites of ALA have a role to play in our physiology and metabolism, including regulation of the expression of many genes. Our more obvious need for omega-3 fatty acids is for numerous normal body functions, including regulation of blood clotting, flexibility of cell walls, arteries and veins, nerve transmission throughout our bodies and brain, and moderation of the inflammation response that is key to protecting us against all of the auto-immune diseases. So think, endurance, glowing skin, improved brain function etc.
Since our bodies cannot make ALA – quantitatively the most important omega-3 – we must get through food. Of course that food must be raw as omega-3s are very sensitive to heat, and cooking massively accelerates oxidation.
There is a lot of confusion around omega-3s, and this is unfortunate. The critical part of the story usually overlooked is that it is the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 that is important. At this fundamental level, it is the ratio of ALA to LA (the omega-6) linoleic acid.
What is the current ratio between Omega-6:Omega-3 in most people and what should it be?
The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 4:1 in most tissues, and 1:1 in the brain. This ratio is critical to enable proper functioning of our omega-3 metabolic pathway which underpins our health by controlling inflammation.
Typically, Aussie diets contain far too much omega 6 (LA) and far too little omega 3 (ALA) such that the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is in the order of 14:1 rather than the ideal 4:1. It’s not hard to see why! All cheap cooking oils and processed foods, including margarine, salad dressings, soy products and take aways are saturated with omega-6. On the other hand, omega-3 rich oils and foods are expensive – flaxseed, walnuts, chia, and even the oily coldwater fish.
The essential, health-giving ALA is also found in all leafy green vegetables (Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Spinach & Salad Greens). With sufficient ALA, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – which are found in fatty fish – are produced in adequate amounts in the body.
Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory and while essential for our immune response, must be in balance with the anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
Health benefits from Omega-3 fatty acids are vast, including protection against heart disease, stroke, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune diseases such as arthritis.
You eat super healthy, raw food. Will you be deficient in Omega-3’s?
Almost certainly without a high quality omega-3 supplement. Even without knowing your exact diet, abundant leafy greens and a variety of seeds and nuts with inevitably leave you a relatively low intake of omega-3 simply because we cannot find the variety of unimproved leafy greens. It’s become quite common of late to add ground flax or LSA to our morning porridge or mueslis to increase their omega-3 intake. This is absolutely necessary. Better still, perpHect Balance VEGAN has been formulated specifically for Vegans to ensure the correct balance of essential fatty acids. Just a single tablespoon will keep you in balance.
It has such a mild, nutty, tasty flavour which is really delicious on salads and in smoothies.
So cut to the chase Hannah, what are you giving away?!
PerpHect Balance VEGAN Omega 3 Oil blend
Dr. Les has developed his own unique blend of Flaxseed, Camelia, Sunflower, Chia, Grapeseed, Wheatgerm and Evening Primrose to provide a health-supporting cocktail of omega-3s enabling the body to be able to create EPA and DHA as naturally as it has done for millennia. The ingredients for their oils are sourced locally from organic Aussie farms and blended in country Australia too. Gotta love keeping it all local! Getting Organic certification is a lengthy process and should be complete soon, but rest assured they’re all Organic. The other oils in their range, Boss, Beauty, Sixty+ and the Vegan are all vegan oils and all comprised of the same ingredients, purely just a different blend. Boss and Beauty are basically identical in their blend but the Boss for Men, and Beauty for Women.
Personally, I’ve loved sneaking a tablespoon of the Vegan Omega 3 Oil every morning in my green smoothies, as I start the day, sometimes at night on my salads too. While you need to be careful of heating the oil as heating does change its healing properties (oxidises), the oil can be used in low temp and flash cooking, and they are developing a few funky recipes using their oil blends. Keep an eye on the website for a very tasty raw nut butter and some tremendous dressings to come.
Meanwhile here’s a recipe for one of my Green Smoothies using the oil. This one’s bound to give you an energy kick whilst detoxing the body. The perfect hangover cure, if you a drink, and won’t feed Candida.
• 1 Young Coconut, water (about 500mL) & flesh
• Juice 1 & 1/2 Juicy Lemons
• 1 Tbsp PerpHect Balance Vegan Omega 3 Oil
• 1 dsp Maca Powder
• 1/2 big bunch Organic Curly Kale
• 1/2 Banana
• 1 dsp Spirulina Powder (add more to your liking)
• 4 drops Coconut Botanical Essence (MedicineFlower.com)
• Topping: Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
• Optionals: Co-yo Coconut Yoghurt, Mature Coconut Flesh, Extra Shredded Coconut in blending process, the whole Banana
Blend in a decent but preferably a high speed blender until completely smooth. Top with the Shredded Coconut. Drink the goodness, and feel the goodness.
Additional resources about Omega 3s for your interest:
I recommend having a browse around the PerpHect Balance website. There’s lots of valuable info about Alkalising your body and further information about greater health. I really appreciate their 7 Steps to Alkaline Health.