The healing properties of hemp have been used for thousands of years. Now modern medical scientists and nutritionists have started to rediscover hemp seed oil’s many beneficial properties.
The Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil
The optimal balance of Omega 3, 6 & 9 plus all essential amino acids present in hemp seed oil have been shown to:
Lower BLOOD PRESSURE
Help treat ADHD
Reduce symptoms of PMS
Improve ORGAN FUNCTION
Increase ENERGY & METABOLISM
Improve CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Improve post-exercise RECOVERY
The Perfect Balance
Hemp Seed Oil is nature’s most perfectly balanced plant oil because it has a very healthy 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3.
In the modern diet, the ratio of Omega 6 to 3 can be as distorted as 20:1 (trans fats, and processed vegetable fats being to blame for this). Views vary, but most agree that the ratio should be between 5:1 and 3:1.
Hemp seed oil is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other plant.
Understanding Fats and Essential Fatty Acids
A modern obsession has developed with fats. “Low-fat” has become part of the modern culture. But there are many misunderstandings about the different types of fats, their impact upon health and their role in therapeutic nutrition.
Essential Fatty Acids are an essential for health and vitality. They cannot be made by your body, so need to be included in your diet. They are often referred to as the “Good Fats”.
Essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids cannot be made by your body, so need to be included in your diet. They are often referred to as the “Good Fats”.
This special group of fats that deserve most attention when it comes to health and nutrition. Essential Fatty Acids play an essential role in many processes including brain function, energy levels, cardiovascular health, digestion, inflammation control hormonal balance and many more.
Essential fatty acids fall into two groups omega 3 and 6 (parent essential fatty acids), and your body uses them to make derivatives of these.
Processed / synthetic fats are generally referred to as:
- Hydrogenated fats
- Partially Hydrogenated fats / shortening
- Trans fats
- Trans saturated fatty acids
These should be completely eliminated from your diet if you want to achieve optimum health and vitality. Even those saying for example “virtually free from trans fats” should be left out of your shopping basket, checking labels is essential.
Hydrogenated fats have absolutely no nutritional benefit, and are in fact harmful. Synthetic fats form new molecular structures unacceptable to the human physiology. Evidence continues to grow about the health risks (although researchers began to document the risks back in the 70s).
What about “Vegetable Fats?”
The soaring rates of health conditions such as heart disease go hand in hand with the dramatic rise in processed vegetable oils (of the wrong kind), and are nothing to do with the consumption of natural fats such as butter. We don’t have to go back very far to find evidence of diets extremely high in saturated fats, and yet a low incidence of heart disease. Even today, we can find groups of people with high fat diets, and still a low incidence of heart disease, obesity and other conditions often associated with saturated fats. This is called the “French Paradox”.
So let’s look at the natural fats
These fall into three main headings (sub headings will be looked at below):
Saturated fats are solid in form, when stored at room temperature. Subject to intense negative publicity, probably even more so than trans fats, saturated fats are much misunderstood. Lard and Butter for example are natural saturated fats, and in moderation are perfectly healthy, in fact, butter in particular has valuable health properties. If you are lucky enough to be able to obtain raw butter from your local farm, this is highly recommended (See Ancient Dietary Wisdom for more on this).
You might enjoy our article Butter or Margarine article that looks at this issue further.
These can be found in some healthy oils, and foods such as olives, almonds, pecans and avocados. The best oil source is Olive Oil, and this of course is a key part of the mediterranean diet known for its health giving properties. It helps lower blood pressure, inflammation and LDL (bad) cholestrol. Extra virgin oil has better levels of antioxidants and is therefore preferable.
Other oil sources are peanut oil, sesame oil. When it comes to monounsaturated, Olive oil is best! And please avoid canola (rapeseed) oil.
Omega 9 is a monounsaturated fat, you only need a small amount from the diet as it is manufactured by your body.
They are found in various vegetable oils, corn, sunflower, safflower, sesame and soy.
Most polyunsaturated fats are weighted far too heavily towards omega 6, and some are better than others, some should be avoided completely, especially when refined and processed.
- ALA – (alpha-linolenic acid) is a “short chain” fatty acid found in plant sources -Hemp Seed Oil being the best, but also Flaxseed and walnuts. Unique to plants, even those who eat a lot of fish would be well advised to ensure adequate intake
- EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are “long chain” fatty acids found in fish, the best sources being salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, halibut and sea bass
The science is complex, however, in short, if enjoying good quantities of ALA (short chain), this converts to EPA and DHA in the body.
Also known as Linoleic Acid, and is mainly found in plant oils. But also beef, chicken (especially non grass fed), grains and eggs. Intake for many people is too high, but this oil is essential for good health, but it is needed in the right amounts.
Eliminating processed foods, eating oily fish regularly, and consuming good oils such as Hemp Seed Oil easily brings the balance back. Remember too that leafy green vegetables also contain some essential fatty acids, as do superfoods such as Chlorella
Also found in Omega 6 oils are DGLA (dihomogamma-linolenic acid) and AA (Arachidonic acid)
Omega 9 is also present in hemp seed oil.
5ml of hemp seed oil typically provides 4.35g of fat of which 0.54g monounsaturates, 0.39g saturates, 3.4g polyunsaturates of which 0.83g Alpha Linolenic Acid, 2.5g Linoleic Acid, 0.07g Gamma Linolenic Acid.
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