I recently learned vegans and vegetarians can convert Omega 3 fats into DHA easier with a bit of turmeric added. According to the National Institutes of Health funded study titled, “Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders,” researchers found that curcumin enhances the biosynthesis of the essential fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Sayer Ji offers an informative article about it on Green Med Info here.
I’ll let the experts share more on the science. But I got to thinking, “How can I get all these nutrients to come together for a tasty treat?” And I came up with this spread – a little like a mustard, a little like a nut butter and a lot of tasty goodness that appears to be good for your brain and your body too!
Mega Omega 3 Spread
- 1 cup raw walnut halves (I don’t soak mine, but if you do, make sure they are dried thoroughly prior to making this recipe)
- 1 Tbs ground flax seed
- 1 Tbs chia seed
- 1 1/2 tsps turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients into a food processor with an “S” blade or a high speed blender. I use my Blendtec mini twister jar. It’s designed to make nut butter. Whip until blended smooth to the texture of a nut butter.
Spread on crackers, celery, or if you like it as much as I do, just eat it with a spoon!