Why do nuts need to be soaked? This question also applies to beans and grains. Here is what the Weston A. Price (WAP) Foundation (www.westonaprice.org) says:
The salt helps activate enzymes that de-activate the enzyme inhibitors. For grains, we soak in an acidic solution to get rid of phytic acid. Nuts do not contain much phytic acid but do contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors. The method imitates the way the native peoples in Central America treated their nuts and seeds--by soaking them in seawater and then dehydrating them.
Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions recommends soaking nuts in salt, and grains and lentils in lemon juice or whey to make them more digestible. A quick search on the internet will reveal many similar explanations.
I do not dehydrate my nuts after soaking because I put them into kefir smoothies or they become the crust of a raw fruit pie.
Here is some information taken from the WAP website:
Once a standard supplement in traditional European societies, cod liver oil provides fat-soluble vitamins A and D, which Dr. Price found present in the diet of primitives in amounts ten times higher than the typical American diet of his day.
Cod liver oil is also rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The body makes this fatty acid from omega-3 linolenic acid as an important link in the chain of fatty acids that ultimately results in prostaglandins, localized tissue hormones. It is very important for the proper function of the brain and nervous system. Those individuals who have consumed large amounts of polyunsaturated oils, especially hydro-genated oils, or who have impaired pancreatic function, such as diabetics, may not be able to produce EPA and will, therefore, lack important prostaglandins unless they consume oily fish or take a cod liver oil supplement.
Purchasing a quality CLO is important to ensure you are getting an unspoiled, clean, highly beneficial supplement. Here are some recommendations from the WAP foundation’s website:
- Dr. Ron's High Vitamin Old Fashioned Blue Ice Pure Cod Liver Oil, 1-877-472-8701, drrons.com
- Radiant Life, Premier High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil, (888) 593-8333, 4radiantlife.com
- Blue Ice, High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil, (402) 858-4818, greenpasture.org
- Wolf River Naturals, wolfrivernaturals.com
My family has used Radiant Life CLO for almost two years. My son just drinks it down.
Almost without exception people give me the “Are you serious?” look when I mention butter oil. You should have seen the expression on my cardiologist’s face when I mentioned it to him (that is a story for another time.) So, what is butter oil? It is produced by centrifuging the milk from grass fed cows.
The benefits of butter oil can be read at: http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnutrition/vitamin-k2.html.
I have purchased butter oil from Radiant Life and Green Pasture. The contact information for both is provided above. My son doesn’t just drink this down. We refrigerate his butter oil, carve out a chunk and he takes it like a pill with water.
CLO/Butter Oil Dosage
My husband and I take ½ teaspoon of each with bone broth or another nutrient dense meal. As discussed in a previous post, my teeth are remineralizing and I am expecting to be cured from osteopenia. My five year old son’s dosage is ¼ tsp of each.