Just wanted to add a few things. I came across the info concerning butter from http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=7626.0
and started to look into it. I found the blog post at http://www.blog.sethroberts.net/2010/05/22/butter-new-antidepressant/
and have left a reply, but it's waiting approval.
Anyhow, after looking into it, it seems that butter (not oil spreads like margarine), contain the following:
- Vitamins A, E, D and K
- Minerals like Selinium and Iodine
- Of course the Omegas 3 and 6
So I am of the mindset right now that butter, if we could find a flavourless method of taking it (going to give the melting / nose clipping a try), could be more beneficial as it not only could give one's brain a decent boost with the omega content but also contains iodine and vitamin A needed by one's thyroid which may be very beneficial for weight health. At least, it's an extra whammy.
I have found over the past couple of days, to confirm Seth's report, that I definitely feel happier and laugh easier than I did before taking it. I have been doing a teaspoon to 1 tablespoon at least once a day. Come to think of it, I have been a bit more steady on the meals too, but it's all a little to early to make majour assumptions, so I am going to keep trying for a while and see how it works out.
As I posted on Seth's blog entry, I found an interesting way of taking it though; melt 1 tablespoon into a cup of black tea. I add a tiny amount of creamer for colour, but the tea is absolutely delicious. Is richer and creamier and easy to drink. I put it to the wife test and she enjoyed it! I tried this after I read about "butter-tea" made by the Tibetans.
Some other apparent health benefits to butter, include, but are not limited to:
- Butyric Acid (Colon energy source and anti-carcinogen).
- Lauric Acid (antimicrobial and anti-fungal).
- Conjugated linoleic acid (Apparent protectant against cancers).
- Glycospingolipids (Apparently protect against gastrointestinal infections).
Some more info on butter: http://chetday.com/healthybutter.htm
Anyway, hope this can be beneficial to us.
P.S. Irish butter sounds wonderful btw.