10 reasons you should reduce the amount of sugar in your diet 👈😛🍩🍰🍫

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Sugar sugar!  Are you consuming to much of the sweet stuff ? Probably yes 😁 You may of heard of people doing a sugar detox and thought about trying it but sugar is just everywhere ! And we all love some sugary deserts 😊 In this post I’m not advising you to remove sugar entirely from your diet, just explaining the benefits of cutting down and you will thank me for it.

So let’s begin :

1. Improved mental health

Hey hey who doesn’t want this benefit ?

Over-consumption of sugar leads to imbalances in certain brain chemicals, doubling the chances of outcomes like depression & anxiety. In particular, it seems excess sugar impacts dopamine–the neurotransmitter that fuels the brain’s reward system!

Chronically high blood sugar levels have also been linked to inflammation in the brain. And as some research has suggested, neuroinflammation may be one possible cause of depression. Don’t let this demonise sugar, the human body needs sugar ! But the correct amount. We are eating 5 times our daily intake it has been proven in scientific studies.

2. Reduce aging & roll back the years

In numerous detox participants there has been fantastic results in skin appearance after the reduction of sugar in the diet, Collagen and elastin are the most important proteins for healthy wrinkle free skin. They are the two building blocks essential to keeping your skin smooth and flexible. The British Journal of Dermatology explains, “Dryness and lack of elasticity occurs when these proteins become damaged.”

The science is this: When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor ­shower—glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. Much of what is known about glycation’s ill effects comes from diabetes research: The connective-tissue damage and chronic inflammation resulting from diabetics’ sustained high blood sugar can lead to debilitating conditions, such as cataracts, Alzheimer’s, vascular tightening, and diseases of the pancreas and liver. From http://www.elle.com

 Foods rich in antioxidants fight the effects of aging by reducing free radical damage. They can also help keep sugar from attaching to proteins. Sugar attaches to these proteins when you consume too much sugar!  This leads to damage to Collagen which means older looking skin 😜 So now you’ve been scared into eating fruit and veggies haha I don’t feel guilty because I know it will help you 😀

The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak, and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance. The presence of AGEs also makes the complexion more vulnerable to bad-news assailants such as UV light and cigarette smoke. As New York–based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD, puts it: “Number one, the glucose makes the cells abnormal; and number two, it creates free radicals. So you get a double whammy when it comes to aging.” From http://www.elle.com

The amazing uses of Organic Coconut Oil

At the moment there is a massive trend in the hair and beauty world for coconut oil based products. Especially shampoos and conditioners! But what about just plain old organic coconut oil ? What can that do on its own ? Well there are a lot of amazing uses and I’m going to delve into a few in my blog post today. As it’s just been new year I bet there are ladies out there who want some natural health and beauty tips to help kick off the first half of 2018 😉

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Natrual Bug, Flea and Insect Repellent for humans and animals 

Use coconut oil mixed in with tea tree oil, lavender oil or peppermint oil and apply all over your body if your in a location that has bugs, flies, bees or insects of any kind and this should act as a pretty good repellent. You can also add all oils in together to create a more powerful reppelent. Some people add lemon or lemongrass to the body repellent but you should avoid doing that if your going out in the sun as the lemon could burn and damage your skin 👈

For dogs and cats you can create a spray using a bottle at one cup of water, 1 cup of coconut oil with added lavender oil or lemongrass oil. Spray and comb throw coat. This will help combat lice and fleas in animals and also repel any insects or bugs. You can use tea tree for this also.

Cat and dogs coats

Apply coconut oil to your animals coat after rubbing it I’m your hands to heat or you can heat slightly in a container over the cooker but just slightly ! Brush it through and leave on for 1 hour and then wash off, once dry their coats should improve in quality and shine, can improve hair loss in animals and is very effective in combating fleas 😉 So looks like you and your pet can have coconut oiling pamper nights !!!

Hair Regrowth and beautiful shine 

The natural antioxidants and nutrients (vitamin E, vitamin K and iron) found in coconut oil boosts hair growth and regrowth. Apply coconut oil to dry hair and scalp, massage in and leave in for about an hour. This will improve your hair growth, reduce dandruff and make your hair stronger. If you have hair loss concentrate on applying to those areas ☺ also you may want to mix coconut oil with organic castor oil and leave in overnight with cling film covering your head. That would be very affective for your hair loss. If your suffering from hair loss or not a lot of growth please subscribe to my blog as I will be writing a lot about hair growth and beauty secrets 💖 Once washing your hair I would recommend you use coconut faith in nature shampoo and conditioner 😉 

Baking and cooking

Use coconut oil to grease pans and trays ! You can use coconut oil as a replacement for butter just add coconut oil were it says on the recipe instead of butter ! You can butter your toast with coconut oil and also use it on baked potatoes yummy 😀 and so much more healthier for you.

Massage oil

Use coconut oil as a massage oil, it will leave your skin in great condition. You can also use it as lubricant 💖🔥😃

Consuming a tablespoon of coconut oil a day benefits 

– Coconut oil is easy to digest and contains compounds that destroy bad bacteria, promote growth of probiotics and helps heal leaky gut. Coconut oil promotes the growth of healthy probiotics in the digestive tract.  The antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties help to control parasites, and fungi, while aiding in the efficient absorption of essential nutrients.

According to numerous studies a tablespoon of coconut oil a day can help you lose weight 😁  So if your working hard at the gym or on a diet this trick is for you 😉

 Ezcema and Psoriasis Cure Treatment 

Coconut oil can be used as cream to naturally heal dry and flaking skin for those with eczema and psoriasis.

Inflammation

  Coconut oil supports both a healthy liver, and kidneys. According to researchers, virgin coconut oil, prepared without chemical or high-heat treatment exhibits an inhibitory effect on chronic inflammation. As inflammation is one of the leading causes of many chronic diseases, this study supports regular consumption of virgin coconut oil to help fight inflajmmation.

Fibromyalgia

Consuming 2 tablespoons of pure coconut oil a day for a few months reduces symptoms of fibro. Energy from the oil goes straight to the liver and gives an energy boost. A compound in the oil can also reduce pain and inflammation which is fantastic for fibromyalgia. I have read glowing reports of improvements from people who have used this method for fibromyalgia although it’s not a miracle cure an improvement is an improvement and it’s worth a try 😉 Having fibromyalgia makes people more susceptible to other conditions so anything that boosts the immune system is a bonus 💖

Hepatitis

OK so I heard that coconut oil could kill Hepatitis viruses in your body but I was really not so sure about that, maybe it could combat the symptoms but certainly not kill it ? If so everyone with this could be cured. So I did a little digging about and this is what I found :

The liver is one of the most important organs of the body. It detoxifies, builds proteins and fats, secretes hormones, stores vitamins and minerals, produces bile necessary for digestion, and a hundred or so other functions vital for maintaining proper health. Both Hepatitis C and cirrhosis can be fatal. Researchers have been finding coconut oil to be of great benefit to liver health. The medium chain fatty acids in Virgin Coconut Oil go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. The anti-microbial fatty acids can then clean the liver of harmful micro-organisms as well as protect it from free-radical reactions. Research has shown that in the laboratory, medium chain fatty acids are effective against Hepatitis C infections. Virgin Coconut Oil will also help with cirrhosis. A few studies have shown both natural palm and coconut oils to be effective in preventing alcohol-induced cirrhosis and, as stated by one researcher “reverse alcohol related liver injury – from http://www.yesgethealthy.com

Cancers

Children and adults with cancer should commit to taking 2 spoonfulls a day of Virgin coconut oil as having cancer makes you suspectible to secondary illness, this will massively improve and build the immune system up. Making recover faster. Also there are the many beauty benefits such as hair growth and better skin to acompany the immune support. A recent study which has found an active, anti-cancer component in coconut oil. In fact, this component makes up 50 percent of this amazing oil. What is this amazing cancer killing compound? Lauric acid. In one study, published in the journal Cancer Research and conducted at the University of Adelaide, it was discovered that lauric acid killed more than 90 percent of the colon cancer cells after just two days of treatment. This study was conducted in vitro, but researchers reached the conclusion that lauric acid could also induce cancer cell death in clinical studies as well.

So that’s pretty amazing right ? Your health and beauty regime just got a new friend > Mr Coconut 😂

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The UK’s first & only completely natural protein infused waters 🔥🔥✌👈

Hey girls, I hope you all are going to stick to your new years resolution to get fit ? If so then you need to check out protein water!

Protein water Co is an award winning innovative British brand, which produces the UK first and only completely natural protein infused waters. Free from added sugar, artificial additives and preservatives. Which is fantastic for health orientated people, I despise artificial sweetners they cause a lot of health problems for a lot of people.

The muscle maintenance range delivers a mighty protein hit to support the whole body: 20g of protein in each bottle: over a third of the uk’s suggested intake. In 2016 protein water Co were awarded the best sports drink in the food bev media awards 🔥

Glitzwood.com was sent 2 drinks to test out which were the grapefruit and yuzu then the cranberry and raspberry. For those of you who have never heard of yuzu ( I never had heard of it 😂)  : Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit, used both for its juice and its aromatic rind. The yuzu (which is about the size of a tangerine) has an aroma and flavor that is distinct from any other citrus fruit, somewhat akin to a cross between grapefruit and lime.

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To be honest I liked the cranberry and raspberry the best, it was such a surprise how strong the taste was. I assumed that it would be more of a diluted taste but it sort of just tastes like a normal fruit juice ✌🔥🔥

Every 500ml bottle combines the highest quality protein with spring water, delivering a clear taste with absolutely no nasties 👈

The protein water Co muscle maintenance range has an RRP of £2.35for a 500ml bottle and is availablein three varieties :

Grapefruit & Yuzu

Cranberry & Raspberry

Coconut & Mango

The range is available in Boots, Whole Foods Market, Fenwick,  Kettlebell Kitchen and independent retailers nationwide or directly from http://www.proteinwater.co

 

 

 

 

Inside the world of fibromyalgia, Personal Insights, Treatments and Advice

 

Fibromyalgia is a long-term (chronic) condition that can cause widespread pain and tenderness over much of the body. It’s quite common – up to 1 person in every 25 may be affected, so that means everyone you talk to will have a friend or relative who has fibromyalgia !

1981 The first scientific study confirmed that symptoms and tender points could be found in the body.


1990 The American College of Rheumatology wrote the first set of guidelines to help diagnose fibromyalgia.


2005 The first guidelines for treating fibromyalgia pain were published by the American Pain Society.


2007 The first prescription medication was FDA-approved to manage fibromyalgia.

In 1880, American neurologist George William Beard coined the terms neurasthenia and myelasthenia to describe widespread pain along with fatigue and psychological disturbance. He believed the condition was caused by stress.

Fibrositis, coined in 1904 by British neurologist Sir William Gowers, is the one that stuck. The symptoms Gowers mentioned will look familiar to those with fibromyalgia:

  • spontaneous pain
  • sensitivity to pressure
  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • sensitivity to cold

Symptoms of fibromyalgia ( can range from mild to severe )

  • Inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • feeling too hot or too cold – this is because you’re not able to regulate your body temperature properly.
  • Fibromyalgia can affect your sleep. You may often wake up tired, even when you’ve had plenty of sleep.
  • The pain could feel like:
    • an ache
    • a burning sensation
    • a sharp, stabbing pain

Depression

In some cases, having the condition can lead to depression. This is because fibromyalgia can be difficult to deal with, and low levels of certain hormones associated with the condition can make you prone to developing depression.

  • constantly feeling low
  • feeling hopeless and helpless
  • losing interest in the things you usually enjoy

Fibrositis continued to gain acceptance, even though doctors couldn’t agree on exactly what it was. In 1949, a chapter on the condition appeared in a well-regarded rheumatology text book called Arthritis and Allied Conditions. It read, “[T]here can no longer be any doubt concerning the existence of such a condition.” It mentioned several possible causes, including:

  • infection
  • traumatic or occupational
  • weather factors
  • psychological disturbance

Overlapping conditions include:

Overlapping conditions are different in each case of fibromyalgia but they are very important to keep a record of because they may give a clue as to the cause of the individuals condition, every cause is different for each individual and that’s why doctors approaches often fail because they aren’t looking at the individual as a unique person. They just treat illnesses with the same textbook drugs and therapies which can be very damaging to the individuals lack of vitamin B12 can wreak havoc in your body and make your FM symptoms worse. If you think you may have low vitamin B12 levels, be sure to ask your doctor to order a blood test to check your vitamin levels.

A lack of vitamin B12 can wreak havoc in your body and make your FM symptoms worse. If you think you may have low vitamin B12 levels, be sure to ask your doctor to order a blood test to check your vitamin levels.

In 1997, researchers at Sweden’s Goteborg University’s Institute of Clinical Neuroscience surveyed 12 women who suffered from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. All the women had higher than normal levels of a substance called homocysteine in their cerebrospinal fluid. They also suffered from low B12 levels. The Swedish researchers found a correlation between B12 deficiency and the high homocysteine levels.

Glitzwood interviewed Michelle Morales who blogs at http://livingextra-ordinary.com ( pictured below) We chatted about the true reality of living with fibromyalgia. Please visit Michelle’s blog and show support !

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“I’m riding the waves of life as they come. Don’t fight against the current just ride through the current”

“My symptoms are morning stiffness, joint pain, muscle spasms, nerve pain (shocking, itchy, creepy crawlies, numbness in certain areas) insomnia, anxiety, depression, extreme fatigue, TMJ and sometimes when I’m in a flare I feel as if my entire body is vibrating. That’s the only way I can explain it. I feel the vibration in my eyes and I can even hear the humming in my ears. I have tired every medication there is for nerve pain and fibromyalgia. The only one that has helped my pain and symptom was, Lyrica. I know many people hate it and claim it’s poison. But, it has reduced my nerve pain dramatically. I take Tramadol for pain, muscle relaxers as needed to relax my muscles and turmeric daily to control my inflammation. I also do an infusion treatment called Meyers Cocktail in my Rheumatologist office every 4 weeks.  It’s a mixture of different vitamins, b12, magnesium, calcium, etc. This treatment has helped with my morning stiffness, fatigue, joint pain, swelling and overall pain. Along with fibromyalgia I have server back issues, Herniations, building disc and ruptured disc. So, I am in the process of treatments for that. My back issues tend to flare up my fibro a lot. I’m trying to find my balance between work, home, kids & social time with adults (which I don’t have often)” 

 

Michelle mentioned the mayers cocktail if you are interested in knowing more check out this website here : https://resquaredmedical.com/everything-you-want-to-know-about-myers-cocktail/

“My advise to a fellow suffer is don’t give up. Keep trying different treatments and find what works for your body. Everyone is different and respond differently to medication, herbs & infusions treatments. Keep searching for the right doctors who are willing to listen and help you. Find what makes you happy and really focus on that, keep strong and remember that you are loved. This is going to be a bumpy ride but in the end, you can say you lived through it all. I’ve seen some really dark times and found myself in a place that I never want to be at again. I’ve realized that I will always be in pain and it’s never going to completely go away. I’ve accepted my illness and limitations and learned to adjust my life and live with them. I like to say, “I’m riding the waves of life as they come. Don’t fight against the current just ride through the current”. Once you’ve reach this place of content, you will feel a little lighter and learn to ride through your flares. Everyday is a learning curve.”

fibromyalgia Action UK is a charity that offers information and support to people with fibromyalgia. If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, call the charity’s helpline on 0300 999 3333.

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Health benefits of adding strawberries to your diet

One cup of sliced strawberries provides 163% of your daily dose of vitamin C (more than a whole orange) and 12% Daily Value (DV) of fiber, as well as 9% DV of the B vitamin folate. Its amazing what just one fruit can do for your life ! I hope this inspires you to eat more fruit in the future.

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Strawberries are considered one of the healthiest fruits. They are packed with antioxidants, lower blood pressure and protect your heart. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks. (The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.

The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.

Strawberries contain anthrocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects us from the damaging effects of our environment, especially the sun. The antioxidant power of the anthrocyanins found in strawberries lasts up to 24 hours after consumption; this makes them a great defence against free radical damage.

Photo credit: Asif A. Ali*

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Why am I depressed ?

Feeling under the weather? 


Seasonal disorder or SAD is more than just wishing for warm weather during the gloomy winter months. We need sunshine to help keep our body’s internal clock functioning like it should. Daily exposure to just 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine can be enough to reap the benefits. Along with Vitamin D, the sun also supplies us with Nitric Oxide (NO). NO is imperative to the human body as a tool for regulating important physiological processes, including metabolism. Proper exposure to NO from the sun will help keep your metabolism running smoothly and discourage overeating. Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to the development of prostate and breast cancer, memory loss, and an increased risk for developing dementia and schizophrenia.

  • People who have depression go outdoors less, so they are less likely to have adequate vitamin D in their blood.

  • Research does seem to show a link between low levels of vitamin D in the blood and symptoms of depression

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If you don’t eat enough omega-3 fatty acids, you can be at an increased risk for depression. To get your omegas, just eat fatty fish – like salmon, sardines and tuna.

Healthy fats, known as essential fatty acids (EFAs) come in several different forms including the omega-3 and omega-6 type. Our modern lifestyle intake of omega-3 fats tends to be low. A rich natural source of omega-3 fats is oily fish. These contain two main types of omega-3 fatty acid; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Within the body, EPA and DHA are found in very high concentration in brain tissue and are believed to play an important role in nerve function and mood regulation.

There is a lot of evidence linking depression to omega-3 fat deficiency. One study published in 1996 found that depression was associated with a relative deficiency of EPA.

The chemistry of the brain is finely tuned, and can be upset by certain foodstuffs.

Perhaps two of the most disruptive dietary elements are sugar and caffeine

Medications
Depression is a side effect of many medications. Be sure to check the side effects of any new medications you take.

Poor relationships
You may have friends or co-workers who are a negative influence on you. Over time, the negative attitudes of others can wear off on you. Watch out for jealousy at home or in the work place people are sneaky and use subtle comments to bring you down.

Dismissive remarks about their partner’s appearance and attempts at conversation become the norm. With verbal attacks, they try to manipulate partners into believing they’re the ones in need of help and cause them to question their own judgment. At social gatherings, the depressed partners can make cutting remarks and ignore their partners while engaging happily with everyone else. At the worst, verbal abuse can even escalate to physical attacks.

One of the hallmarks of depression is the overpowering sense of worthlessness. Self-esteem is replaced with self-contempt. An inner voice persuades the partner to think this way: I can’t do anything right, and I’ve never been able to. I’m just too stupid. Everyone else may think I’m fine but they just don’t know what really goes on inside me.

If you are experiencing abuse from a partner, at work or at home. This person may be a narcissist look at this article here. I have directly experienced this myself and at first you don`t even know that they are like this. As soon as you understand whats going on things get much better. they person that`s annoying you may not be a narcissist here are some other articles to help you. Jealousy in relationships, Harassment at work & Growing up with a narcissistic mother.

Under active thyroid

The link between an under active thyroid and depression has been documented. Up to 50% of people with hypothyroidism will have some depression-like symptoms. It’s worth having your thyroid hormone levels checked if you are feeling depressed, along with other symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin, cold sensitivity or hair loss.

The psychiatric disturbances which accompany hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, the two commonest thyroid disorders, mimic mental illness. People with an overactive thyroid may exhibit marked anxiety and tension, emotional lability, impatience and irritability, distractible overactivity, exaggerated sensitivity to noise, and fluctuating depression with sadness and problems with sleep and the appetite. In extreme cases, they may appear schizophrenic, losing touch with reality and becoming delirious or hallucinating. An underactive thyroid can lead to progressive loss of interest and initiative, slowing of mental processes, poor memory for recent events, fading of the personality’s colour and vivacity, general intellectual deterioration, depression with a paranoid flavour, and eventually, if not checked, to dementia and permanent harmful effects on the brain. In instances of each condition, some persons have been wrongly diagnosed, hospitalized for months, and treated unsuccessfully for psychosis.

Toxic household mold

The mold found in many homes across the country is microscopic fungi that grow on any host surface. Although mold prefers to grow and even thrives on certain surfaces like paper, cloth, wood, etc, it can grow just about anywhere if the conditions are right. This means mold could even grow on concrete or glass. They are survivors and very adaptable, easily able to not just survive but thrive in many home environments.

Most often molds found in the home are caused by some type of water damage or brought in from the outside to grow and flourish. Indoor flooding, leaking pipes or windows, and leaking roofs all are common causes of indoor mold.

The dangerous or toxic molds are those molds that produce mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are known to cause allergic and other adverse health reactions in animal species.

In small amounts molds are generally not harmful. When the levels grow unchecked the spores become airborne. This is where the potential health problems arise, especially in susceptible individuals.

 

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RAPESEED oil – The silent epidemic that sweeping Britain and making millions ill

This is a very important blog post ! So it will be very long and informative. People who are reading this now may have a family member or baby that`s suffering due to a rapeseed oil allergy or even just suffering due to the effects of this silent profit making oil. They have even went as far now as changing on walkers crisps it to sunseed oil. Which is a mix of sunflower oil and rapeseed oil. Which is completely misleading to the consumer.

A variety of rapeseed developed in 1998 is considered to be the most disease- and drought-resistant canola. This and other recent varieties have been produced using genetic engineering. In 2009, 90% of the rapeseed crops planted in Canada were genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant canola varieties.

Some of the chemicals used in the growing of rapeseed oil also cause concern. Nick Mole, UK and Europe coordinator for the Pesticides Action Network, points to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and vinclozolin, “a fungicide that is also suspected to be an endocrine [hormone] disrupter”.

Rape seed oil is toxic because it contains significant amounts of a poisonous substance called erucic acid.

Canola oil is “widely recognized as the healthiest salad and cooking oil available to consumers.” It was developed through hybridization of rape seed.

Canola oil contains only trace amounts of erucic acid and its unique fatty acid profile, rich in oleic acid and low in saturated fats, makes it particularly beneficial for the prevention of heart disease. It also contains significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, also shown to have health benefits. This is what the food industry says about canola oil.

Canola oil is a poisonous substance, an industrial oil that does not belong in the body. It contains “the infamous chemical warfare agent mustard gas,” hemagglutinins and toxic cyanide-containing glycocides; it causes mad cow disease, blindness, nervous disorders, clumping of blood cells and depression of the immune system. This is what detractors say about canola oil.

We have had reports of allergies to canola, and internet articles describe a variety of symptoms — tremors, shaking, palsy, lack of coordination, slurred speech, memory problems, blurred vision, problems with urination, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and heart arrhythmias.

Wikipedia states

While studies done on laboratory animals in the early 1970s show that erucic acid appears to have toxic effects on the heart at high enough doses, an association between the consumption of rapeseed oil and increased myocardial lipidosis, or heart disease, has not been established for humans.( why not ? ) While there are reports of toxicity from long-term use of Lorenzo’s oil (which contains erucic acid and other ingredients), there are no reports of harm to people from dietary consumption of erucic acid.

Publication of animal studies with erucic acid through the 1970s led to governments worldwide moving away from oils with high levels of erucic acid, and tolerance levels for human exposure to erucic acid have been established based on the animal studies.

In 2003, Food Standards Australia set a provisional tolerable daily intake (PTDI) for an average adult of about 500 mg/day of erucic acid, extrapolated based on “the level that is associated with increased myocardial lipidosis in nursing pigs.”

“There is a 120-fold safety margin between this level and the level that is associated with increased myocardial lipidosis in nursing pigs. The dietary exposure assessment has concluded that the majority of exposure to erucic acid by the general population would come from the consumption of canola oil. The dietary intake of erucic acid by an individual consuming at the average level is well below the PTDI, therefore, there is no cause for concern in terms of public health and safety. However, the individual consuming at a high level has the potential to approach the PTDI. This would be particularly so if the level of erucic acid in canola oil was to exceed 2% of the total fatty acids.”

So there we go, we have a provisional tolerable daily intake law for poison that we must follow. So that basically proves that canola, lear, rapeseed, oil seed rape or whatever other false term they use to describe it is bad for peoples health.

Lately there have been finding of growers having a finished rapeseed product with a percentage much higher than our PTDI. this is making its way into millions of products, especially because companies are switching to using rapeseed because its cheaper and makes them more profit. I`m going to outline the symptoms of rapeseed poisoning below.

Digestive symptoms are stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, nausea and vomiting. They may develop in a light form or may be severe and exhausting. Sneezing, nasal congestion and watery eyes are among the most widespread symptoms of respiratory reactions to canola oil. It can also cause asthma attacks and difficulty breathing.

With the rising use of rapeseed oil in Britains products especially Iceland foods ( food store) A lot of people are getting unwell and putting it down to other causes. A woman thought her son had a virus when he kept getting ill and the doctor tested him for nearly everything. She scrutinized his diet and noticed every time he consumed rapeseed oil his symptoms would arise. The GP wouldn’t listen and said it was all in their minds, now they control the allergy at home.

Found this on a forum

It has taken me 6 years to work out that it is rapeseed oil that is instrumental in my migraine attacks, within 12 hours of having anything with this oil in I will have a migraine. There are many foods on the supermarket shelves that have this oil in their ingredients ,I have found, biscuits, breads, ready meals, frozen meals, and then of course eating out!
This oil is called ‘Canola oil’ in the states and Canada (wherer it got it’s name change), and there is a wealth of information about it on a fantasticlly informative and scientifically based website in the states called Weston price
http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/

I have also heard many stories about people having headaches after 20 minutes of consuming canola/rapeseed oils and feeling of sickness. Some range to severe migraines. So this woman’s post is of no surprise to me.

Another person wrote on a forum

have been trying to cope with rapeseed oil intolerance ffor over two years now and it is sorry to say getting worse, started out with IBS symptoms, now I get severe muscle pain and can be ill for upto three days.
On a positive, I have become a smarter shopper and found out things like ASDA’s own baked on site bread (white only) does not contain rapeseed (freezer always stocked) look at the cheapest brand crisps, nearly always made with sunflower oil. Uncle Ben’s sauces also free of th horrid stuff.
I keep asking everywhere I eat what oil they use and fly the flag for those of us with this intolerance by telling people about what the oil can do. I have been surprised by how many people come back with ‘I get that after eating’ . It is good to know I am not alone or going bonkers as I thought in the begning. ;)

If you think you have this allergy then keep a food diary and check your symptoms against what you have consume that day and you can narrow it down. A lot of migraine sufferers will find its rapeseed or gluten that`s done it.

Its amazing whats in our food nowadays, stay educated and informed and always read your labels.