Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is considered to be the best nutritional oil for health because its perfect (3:1) ratio of essential fatty acid (EFA) profile is closest to that required by the human body. Hemp seed oil is also naturally rich in gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). It has a pleasant nutty taste and makes an excellent addition to salads, soups, sauces and cereals.

Hemp is the only edible seed containing GLA, which makes it suitable for PMS conditions and fatty acid profile of hemp seeds makes them more suitable for a long term intake than other sources of GLA, such as Evening Primrose Oil. This is because hemp seed oil also contains linoleic acid (omega-6), alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3), stearidonic acid (also omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega 9). GLA helps to balance hormones, keep skin healthy, promotes healthy circulation, nerve function and immune system. The magnesium rich chlorophyll contained in hemp seed oil is also beneficial for PMS conditions as magnesium is a natural antispasmodic and helps to alleviate menstrual cramps.

Medical researchers at the University of Kuopio, Finland, have found evidence of the positive effects of hemp seed oil on eczema. Results showed a remarkable reduction in dryness, inching and an overall improvement in the symptoms while they were using hemp seed oil.

The ideal ratio of essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil helps to stimulate the optimum formation of hair, skin and nails – all being derived from the same stem cell line.

Alpha-linoleic acid (omega 3) converts to EPA and DHA and is important for healthy heart, arteries, brain and flexible joints. Omega 9 (Oleic acid) also supports cardiovascular system and may be necessary for healthy immune system functioning. Hemp seed oil is also low in saturated fatty acids and contains no cholesterol.

Choosing the right oil.

Hemp seed oil must be cold pressed and should not be heated. It should be room temperature stable, so there’s no need to refrigerate it.
However, it is best to keep it in freezer after opening. Unlike other highly unsaturated oils, hemp seed oil have a long shelf life and does not become rancid soon after opening. It can be stored in the freezer for a long time and won’t freeze, so no need to defrost it.

Always try to buy oils in glass bottles. If it is in a plastic bottle, it should be PET grade 1 (you can see it in the triangle at the bottom of the bottle) and the bottle must be opaque, so that light can not penetrate it and damage the oil. Always buy organic oils if you are buying from supermarket. As a supplement from health food stores, it would be organic anyway. Hemp seed oil should be medium to pale green colour.

Suggested intake.

1-3 teaspoons (5-15 ml) a day should be enough for adults and children over three years old. 1 teaspoon (5 ml) a day can be given to children over six months old.

There are no side effects to hemp seed oil, but it is best not to take more than recommended dose. Just as any other oil, it is high in calories and might cause laxative effect if taken too much of.

And NO – hemp seed oil does NOT make you high.

Hemp is so Much Better for the Environment -(co-operation with HempBenefits)

Nowadays environmental problems are more and more worrying world citizens due to the impact to current and future generations.

The best resource so far discovered is HEMP, let’s see why..

  • It replaces trees as the source of raw material for wood and paper, thereby conserving forests. Trees take years to grow, while a crop of hemp can be grown in a few months. Only one acre of hemp can produce as much paper annually as 4 acres of trees.

 

  • When burning hemp as a fuel, carbon dioxide is released into the air, but this is absorbed by the next crop, which can be harvested 120 days after planting. This quick growth avoids the build-up of carbon dioxide. Also, hemp is a very leafy plant and thus contributes a high level of oxygen to the atmosphere during its growth; between 20 and 40%.
    This makes up for the loss of oxygen when it is burnt as a fuel, which in turn, reduces unwanted effects of global warming, acid rain and the depletion in the ozone layer on the environment.

 

  • Air pollution is reduced since hemp is naturally resistant to pests and does not need pesticides and herbicides to be sprayed. Very little fertilizers are required, since it’s abundant leaves fall into the soil and release the required nutrients and minerals, thereby creating better soil tilth.
    Cotton and flax are known to consume 50% of all pesticides; hemp replaces cotton as a raw material in the manufacturing of paper and cloth, and flax fiber or seed for animal feed, animal bedding and paper.

 

  • Soil enrichment: The hemp crop grows dense and vigorously. Sunlight cannot penetrate the plants to reach the ground, and this means the crop is normally free of weeds. Its deep roots use ground water and reduce its salinity. Also, erosion of topsoil is limited, thereby reducing water pollution. The roots give nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. After the harvest, this soil makes excellent compost amendments for other plants, and hemp cultivation can follow the rotation of agriculture with wheat or soybean. In fact, the same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years, without losing its high quality. 

The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead and mercury.

 

  • Fabrics made of hemp do not have any chemical residue, and is therefore safer for consumers. Even if the fabric contains only 50% hemp, it can keep the UV rays of the sun from harming the skin underneath.

Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. The growth speed of the plant is fast enough to meet the increasing industrial and commercial demand for these products.

Switching to hemp products will help save the environment, leaving a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation.

Mr.Hemps