A Happy Reader Writes: Yogurt, Butter, Flaxseed Oil

A reader of this blog started taking flaxseed oil, half a stick of butter daily, and yogurt. “This works wonders,” he wrote me. “It feels like lubricant to the mind.”

10 Responses to “A Happy Reader Writes: Yogurt, Butter, Flaxseed Oil”

  1. Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food Says:

    Seth, what kind of butter and yogurt do you take? Are they made from raw milk?

  2. Seth Roberts Says:

    Ruth, I have tried many butters and a few milks. I have been unable to detect a difference between cheaper and more expensive butter. Including butter that costs $10/pound, presumably made from raw milk. I don’t make yogurt from raw milk. I make yogurt from DHA enriched organic milk.

  3. Ezer Says:

    Seth, I started taking 260g of magnesium in form of magnesium glycinate and this works wonders too, my mood improved clearly. Do you supplement magnesium too? It would be interesting to evaluate.

    Now, I was thinking: maybe flaxseed oil is more effective than fish oil to improve cognitive function, not because ALA conversion to EPA and DHA, but mainly because ALA and EPA conversion uses elongase fatty acids, thus reducing elongase fatty acids available, needed to LA conversion into arachidonic acid, wich could increase inflammation. What do you think about it?

    Very nice blog :)

  4. Ruth @ Ruth's Real Food Says:

    Interesting. How do you actually ingest such a large quantity of butter? I usually use about a tablespoon and a half to make eggs in the morning, but half a stick is four tablespoons.

  5. Ezer Says:

    Ruth, my two cents: I ingest 80g of butter with cooked hot sweet potatoes and coffee. this. is. delicious.

  6. Seth Roberts Says:

    That magnesium effect is fascinating. I do not take magnesium but I will try it.

    It’s not “elongase fatty acids” but “fatty acids elongase” (an enzyme that elongates fatty acids). Your idea makes sense to me but I cannot judge how plausible it is.

  7. Tom Says:

    Michael Eades has written that as many as 70 percent of people don’t even get the minimum RDA of magnesium:
    Magnesium and Inflammation

  8. Tom Says:

    another by Dr. Eades (scroll down to magnesium section):

    proteinpower.com/drmike/saturated-fat/tips-tricks-for-starting-or-restarting-low-carb-pt-ii

  9. Shawn Says:

    Isn’t butter & other fats bad for your heart, arteries, veins, etc., despite the fact that it can help you sleep?

  10. Martin Says:

    Flax seeds two tbsp (around 30 gram), making ground in grinder, mix with appropriate yogurt, that is the way to go

    I feel awesome after that, lots of energy and awesome mood.

    But indeed flax seed alone doesn’t do that much,

    Yogurt boosts Flax seed job?