KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: The Power of Superfood Nutrition

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Posted on 16th September 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy interviews Dr. Leonard Smith about the power of Superfood Nutrition for SuperHealth.



Audio Transcript

KC: Welcome to LivingFuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with special guest, Leonard Smith, and great friend. It’s great to have you, Leonard.

Dr. Smith: Hi, KC. It’s great to be here.

KC: We’re continuing this series on discussions with Leonard on really cool stuff. Today, we’re going to focus on superfood nutrition and why it’s important. You’ve been a user of Living Fuel products for, we talked about it today, seven years. Something like that?

Dr. Smith: It seems like about that long.

KC: A long time. So, Monica was particularly interested in knowing why someone of your level of knowledge use and recommend what we make. So things like our Super Essentials Omega here, EPA, DHA from sardines, GLA. In fact, you’re one of the first people who understood why we put GLA in with EPA and DHA. Remember the discussion we had on that? GLA blocks the COX-2 and becomes more of a prostaglandin 1 and 3, as opposed to 2?

Dr. Smith: Right. Right. Exactly. You need one and three, and you don’t need very much two.

KC: Arachidonic acid. So you were one of the first people to actually even understand that.

Dr. Smith: If you take the GLA without the EPA, it might go to arachidonic acid. So EPA will it to the first one, but, yeah. This is probably the most well accepted product in mainstream medicine today, the essential fatty acids. I think we need to not just call them fish oils. They’re essential fatty acids, essential being the word. You’re not going to make them, so you must take them. Now you can get them from plants, and I think some people get them that way, but the way to get the amount we need, is through a high quality oil concentrate, and to actually balance it with both the six and the three, and even with the Vitamin A and D, and the astaxanthin is a very smart idea. Astaxanthin actually helps protect the oils coming through the gut, even going to the cellular level. I saw a paper on that. It was very interesting. So it’s a very good product. If it look at the literature on fish oil, it’s all over the place. The latest one you’ve got, did you see the one about depression?

KC: Yes.

Dr. Smith: I mean, I feel sorry for all the poor pharmaceuticals, but they basically concluded that most anti-depressants are really just a placebo. The fact is that fish oil worked better than the anti-depressants for depression.

KC: You know, Dr. Stoll from Harvard, in his book, “Omega-3 Connection”, five, six, seven years ago, said that fish oil was actually the best treatment for bipolar of any other medicine out there. Now you’re saying that anti-depressants have been shown not to work, except for the placebo effect. I contend that they do work. They work to make people more depressed, and they increase the risk of suicide.

Dr. Smith: The problem about it is, with an SSRI, which stands for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, you’re actually, if this is cell one and this is cell two, this cell actually releases serotonin. It goes over here and has a signal, comes back and gets reabsorbed and sent back out. But these drugs actually blocks its ability to reabsorb. From a very, almost natural perspective, and we find that so many times with pharmaceutical drugs, is when you really monkey with nature, you can get by with it for a short-term. I mean, I still like prescriptions, but I do it for very short terms. Long-term use, invariably, the drug doesn’t work right, or it comes up with a bunch of other things. The fact is, what is it that the oils are doing? I think the other thing we’ve known now for probably, at least, 20 years, the nucleus, the cell’s important but the cell membrane is equally important. You could almost say the nucleus is the violin, and the cell membrane is the violin player. The nucleus is the computer. The cell membrane is what actually tells it how and what to compute. And that cell membrane is covered with receptors that is receiving information from the environment, and if that cell membrane isn’t flexible, and functioning optimally, it’s like having a microphone that doesn’t work. You hear some muffled noise, but you don’t get the message. So what do these oils do? They really are critical in the cell membrane. Now it’s not just Omega-3 and Omega-6. You do need some trans-fats. You need some monosaturated oils. As a matter of fact, there are companies now that you can even do a finger stick, and look at your red blood cell membrane, both essential fatty and metabolic fatty acid levels, so that you can tune it.

KC: Powerful. Powerful.

Dr. Smith: So everybody needs periodic oil change and tuning with the right oils and this is a good start, right here.

KC: Well, you know how our design basically differentiates us from anything else out there, is that, you could live on our product line. You could have in a bomb shelter, you could have it, whatever, hunting. You could live breakfast, lunch, and dinner for as long as you want to go. People say, “Oh, you’ve got to have food.” What do you mean? It has more calcium and Vitamin D than milk, more potassium than bananas, more resveratrol than wine, more protein than half a dozen egg whites, more fat and nutrients than ten cups of yogurt, and more phytonutrients than 20 servings of fruits and vegetables. There’s probably a lot more than that, frankly. I know that all of those reasons are the reasons that you use Living Fuel, but what should people know about getting everything your body needs in terms of all the phytochemicals and all the antioxidants, and the fact that they’re broad-spectrum antioxidants against all five radicals.

Dr. Smith: That’s a great question and frankly, it’s one of the reasons I’ve recommended supplements for people for a long time, and I still recommend supplements on some level. But I think this is the next, closest thing to eating organic food in its natural form. And the natural form means raw or very lightly steamed. Some argue that there are certain nutrients you get out of cruciferous vegetables that are better steamed than raw, so I do both. I eat them raw and I eat them steamed, but also I eat them in powdered form. I think the reason that supplementation, and this is a form of supplementation, but it’s powdered food. I think the reason it’s more critical today than ever is because of the toxicity on the planet. I think we’re under more stress than we’ve ever been. You never know about that. I’m sure people that lived in the Middle Ages had plenty of problems. All I can say is that what I’ve observed today in my lifetime as a doctor, I think we need concentrated food that will give us more antioxidants and phyto nutrients for optimum health. Now you can eat that through eating an all raw vegetarian diet. That would include vegetables, and fruit, and seeds and nuts, and sprouted legumes, and sprouted grains, but that’s very difficult and time consuming and a lot of people don’t care to eat that way. I don’t know that you need to, but I do think that you need to supplement with high levels of, not just antioxidants, but phytonutrients. That analogy I was giving, if this is the cell and this is the cell membrane, the fact that membranes are loaded with receptors, they’ve actually shown that whole foods, and so certainly these freeze dried powdered foods do the same thing, when they get absorbed in the blood. When they sit on the receptors, there’s molecules called protein kinases that take the message to the nucleus. The nucleus is very complicated, but let’s keep it simple. The messages that it receives are either, basically, “We like you. We’re going to help regulate our genetic transcription for everything we need to make to take what you’ve brought in the cell and utilize it perfectly.” Or it’s neutral. “We’re not sure what to do with you, and so we’re not going to really, maximally, put out what we can do.” The third one is, “You look like an invader”, and then we’re going to have TNF or what’s called NF kappa B, which is a nuclear receptor, send the signal out, literally, to have the white blood cells to help regulate the production of TNF alpha, interleukin-1, interleukin-6, all these inflammatory signals. It’s like the cell’s way of saying that somebody’s trying to kill me. That’s what happens when we eat processed, chemicalized, hydrogenated trans-fats. And the truth is, if you even eat too much of the right food, because of the elevation of the blood sugar, and the effect of too much insulin, there’s a whole lot of stress signals that go in the blood that affects cell signaling.

KC: Great stuff, Leonard. There’s a lot more to superfood nutrition than we thought, isn’t there?

Dr. Smith: Absolutely.

KC: Fantastic.

Dr. Smith: We’re learning more every day.

KC: Well, I hope you enjoyed it. God bless you and have a great day. We wish you super health.


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