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Omega-3 fatty acids may improve mental health as well as prevent heart disease.
Numerous studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids help prevent heart disease. Recent findings suggest that it may also help with mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and suicide prevention. It is recommended by the study that people consume at least 3,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids daily.

Our food production systems of a hundred years ago were such that our diet did not need supplementation. Most current food production systems are unsustainable and lead to nutritionally depleted foods, often carrying a toxic load that is harmful to our bodies and the environment, in both the short and long term. The food chain, existing in what is now a largely urban society has become deficient in essential ingredients and is unsustainable. Not all the blame can be attributed to the farming systems, we need to take responsibility for our choices. Changes in patterns of food consumption have resulted in a largely malnourished Western society. We eat more processed, junk or synthetic food than ever before, and by so doing, are challenging our body's ability to continue to function adequately.

Food is one of our most basic needs. However, in our modern society fresh food is a thing of the past. The so-called fresh fruits and vegetables we buy in shops and supermarkets are grown in nutrient-deficient soil, picked before they ripen naturally, are gassed, irradiated, artificially ripened, stored for days, weeks, months, or even years. Most of us live on a diet dominated by fruit, vegetables, grains, animal products and seeds that have been cooked, frozen, canned, processed, refined, pasteurised, and genetically engineered etc.

Our diets lack the essential building blocks of functional foods vital for our health, wellness and well being. Our body has a miraculous ability to heal, repair, regenerate, regulate and protect itself, but without functional foods the body cannot continue this miracle of healing. Functional foods are foods that are thought to prevent disease and they provide the raw materials needed for the body to carry out its role or function. What we must have in our diet to have optimal health and prevent disease are: 8 essential amino acids, 2 essential fatty acids, 8 essential saccharides, plentiful antioxidants, and 13 vitamins and 6 minerals. Our body cannot function properly without them. We also need fibre, clean water, exercise, and a non-toxic environment.

Changes in food production that have caused inferior food to be available to us as consumers include:

These practices are not sustainable - neither for the environment, society nor for humans. The environmental, social and human costs are high.

Consider the tomato:

  • Green harvesting loses up to 25% of its nutrients
  • Transporting loses up to 25% of its remaining nutrients
  • Storage loses up to 50% of its remaining nutrients
  • Canning loses up to 83% of its remaining nutrients
  • Cooking loses up to 50% of its remaining nutrients.

This leaves the tomato with 2.39% of it original nutrient content

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