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Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Revealed

Although
hemp seeds have a long history as a health food, they are increasingly
drawing more attention from health food advocates and researchers. In addition
to its use as a source of fiber for textiles, hemp seeds are perhaps one of the
most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and wellbeing on many
levels.
Although
its link to the cannabis plant remains an obstacle, scientists are continuing
to learn new benefits of the seed. Studies by The American
Chemical Society
revealed “just
how many healthful compounds hempseed oil contains.
Hemp seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet. Zebra Organics is a big advocate of hemp seed and offers Fresh Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Canadian Hemp Oil. Light green in colour and lighter in flavour, it is an excellent garnish for salads or soups and has a delicious nutty flavour.
Here are some health benefits of hempseed:
1. Used as
food and medicine for 3000 years
The Ancient Chinese adopted hemp seed and hempseed oil as
a both a food and medicine. Technically a nut, hempseed has been used in
traditional medicine to treat various disorders dating back thousands of years.

2. Rich in
fiber, vitamins and minerals
Hempseed contains high levels of fiber and vitamins A, C
and E. While its levels of iron and zinc are modest, it is rich in phosphorus,
potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium minerals.
3. Rich in
antioxidants
Hempseed contains high levels of vitamin E, which is
one of the most crucial antioxidants. In addition it contains tocopherol, which is known to assist with treating Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis,
and phytol, which has both anticancer and antioxidant properties.
4. Fights bad
cholesterol
According a study published in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
hempseed and hempseed oil can assist in the breakdown of cholesterol and
help prevent problems derived from high cholesterol, including blood clotting.
5. Improves skin
conditions
Containing a balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids,
hempseed oil is believed to be useful in treating symptoms of atopic
dermatitis, a type of eczema. In a study that compared the effects of olive oil
and hempseed oil on treating the skin, hempseed oil was revealed to significantly
improve skin conditions, due to its balanced and plentiful supply of fatty
acids.
6. Contains perfect
balance of fatty acids
With a 3:1 Ratio of two essential fatty acids; Omega 3 and Omega
6, hempseed oil is the only nut or vegetable oil that contains this balance.
This ratio is recommended by the World Health Organization. Western diets are
often deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids and contain excessive amounts of Omega 6
fatty acids.
7. Prevents heart
disease
Research
has shown that hempseed can prevent blood clotting, which in turn can help with
the prevention of clot-induced strokes. In addition, according to the American
Chemical Society, high levels of Omega 3 in hempseed may have “beneficial
physiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer.”
8. Reduces
inflammation
Hempseed comprises of a range of plant sterols and alcohols that
are recognized to decrease inflammation.

Benefits of Hempseed

Hemp seeds, also known as Hemp hearts, have been attracting more and more attention in the health food industry, as their health benefits become more known and they become more popular. Hemp seeds are one of the most versatile nutrition-packed foods available and can be added to sweet or savoury dishes. They go just as well with cereal as they do with salads. Hemp seeds are soft and very easy to digest, their protein content and essential fatty acid profile make them a fantastic additive to anyone’s diet.

Rich in Protein

Hemp hearts are rich in essential fatty acids and as a complete protein, contain almost as much protein as soybean. Hemp seeds are also rich in Vitamin E and minerals including phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Source of Essential Fatty Acids

Hemp is an important source for essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFA’s are not produced by the body and need to obtained from food. Hemp foods are one of the best sources for the full spectrum of EFA’s. Hemp foods provide a balanced ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. The fatty acid ratio in hemp is extremely close to the fatty acid ratio found in the human body. This makes hemp special because it will not upset the body’s natural fatty acid balance the way other oils can.

According to one of the largest hemp seed manufacturers in the world, hemp hearts contain more protein and omega 3 & 6 than chia and flax seeds. The Harvard School of Public Health points out some great benefits of Omega 3 but some points we’d like to highlight are:

  • Improves heart health and cholesterol levels
  • Improves inflammation

Hemp is also a source for the rare omega fat GLA gamma linolenic acid, which is a fatty acid strongly associated with healthy skin, heart health and weight management.

Source of Essential Amino Acids

Hemp foods are a great source for easily digestible protein. This makes hemp an important food for those on a vegan, vegetarian or raw food diet. Hemp foods also provide the 8 essential amino acids. These amino acids are important because your body cannot make them and they need to be obtained from food.

How to eat hemp seeds

Hemp seeds add great texture, nutrition and flavor to yogurt, snacks, salads and smoothies. Just as you would add a couple of tablespoons of Chia seeds or Flax seeds to your snack or meal, you can add hemp. You can account for hemp seeds as your protein and healthy fat source.

Hempseed Oil has been used as a food/medicine in China for more than 3,000 years. Obtained by pressing the hemp seeds, hempseed oil is not suitable for cooking because of its high heat intolerance. It can be substituted for olive oil as a salad dressing and will add a nutty and crispy taste to food.

Beneftis of Extra Virgin Hemp Seed Oil

There are certain fats that your body
requires. These fats are called essential fatty acids. They play an
important role in many of your bodily functions. They are needed to keep
you cells healthy, your skin supple and to keep your brain boosted to
name a few. Essential fatty acids are also referred to as omega fatty
acids. The most common omega fatty acids are Omega 3, 6 & 9. The
intake of these oils should be in a balanced ratio to keep the body
healthy and to avoid a fatty acid imbalance.

Omega Fatty Acid Balance

Omega
6 fatty acids are abundant in the American diet and are found in
vegetable oils such as soy, canola and olive oils. Because these oils
are consumed in abundance and consumed regularly an imbalance begins to
manifest. There is a danger to this imbalance, as omega 6 fatty acids
are responsible for the hormones that increase inflammation in the body.
Where as Omega 3 fatty acids encourage hormone production that is
anti-inflammatory. And, the average Western diet is lacking the proper
ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

There is no
shortage of omega 6 fatty acids in the Western diet. This is mainly
because vegetable oils such as soy and canola are ubiquitous. They are
found in a wide range of packaged and prepared foods. They fall in the
range of unsaturated fats and are therefore considered healthy. This is a
misconception and this misconception has led to a great imbalance in
the fat intake of Westerners.
Omega
6 fatty acids contribute to ill health in a number of ways, mainly
through the way they contribute to inflammation. The class of drugs
known as COX inhibitors works to block the conversion of Omega 6 fatty
acids into arachidonic acid, a major contributor to inflammation related
diseases. Consider the health imbalances that could be avoided if we
have a balanced fatty acid intake. Of course there are many factors to
health but the importance of fatty acid balance is often overlooked. We
are now beginning to hear more news about the benefits of adequate Omega
3 fatty acids in the diet and its relation to health.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This group of
fatty acids is not as common in the Western diet as omega 6 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from cold water fish such as tuna,
mackerel, salmon and cod, to name a few.  And it is also available from a
select group of plant oils, mainly flax and hemp seed oil.
There are more than a few concerns about obtaining your fatty acid
intake solely from fish. The concerns are mainly around the high levels
of PCB’s, mercury and other heavy metals in fish. And, there is also the
major concern of over fishing of the world’s oceans. So to rely on fish
as your main source of fatty acids is not a wise choice, when you can
get them from hemp seed oil.

Hemp -vs- Flax

I also mentioned
flax oil as a source for omega 3 fatty acids. This is true, it is a
great source for omega 3’s. There is an issue though. The issue is flax
seed oil is omega 3 unbalanced, meaning it contains a high ratio of
omega 3 fats that is not balanced with the other essential fatty acids.
While it is good for short term use, in the long run it will contribute
to an imbalance of fatty acids in the body.
This is where hemp seed oil
comes in, hemp seed oil is balanced in its ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9.
This is rare and it is what makes hemp oil such a special and beneficial
oil. The ratio of omega fatty acids in this oil is very close to the
ratio a healthy human body likes to maintain. This means you can use
hemp seed oil on a long term basis and with much concern of causing an
essential fatty acid imbalance.
Hemp
seed oil has a delicious nutty flavor, it is light green in color and
goes well with salads and other vegetable dishes. Because hemp seed oil
is delicate it should only be used raw and never cooked or heated.
At
Zebra Organics we package our hemp seed oil in dark green bottles and
it is stored under refrigeration. This is optimal in delivering you a
healthy and fresh product. To purchase some delicious fresh healthy hemp
seed oil visit this link.

Omega Fatty Acid Balance – Hemp Seed Oil

Extra Virgin First Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil

There are certain fats that your body requires. These fats are called essential fatty acids. They play an important role in many of your bodily functions. They are needed to keep you cells healthy, your skin supple and to keep your brain boosted to name a few. Essential fatty acids are also referred to as omega fatty acids. The most common omega fatty acids are Omega 3, 6 & 9. The intake of these oils should be in a balanced ratio to keep the body healthy and to avoid a fatty acid imbalance.

Omega Fatty Acid Balance

Omega 6 fatty acids are abundant in the American diet and are found in vegetable oils such as soy, canola and olive oils. Because these oils are consumed in abundance and consumed regularly an imbalance begins to manifest. There is a danger to this imbalance, as omega 6 fatty acids are responsible for the hormones that increase inflammation in the body. Where as Omega 3 fatty acids encourage hormone production that is anti-inflammatory. And, the average Western diet is lacking the proper ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

There is no shortage of omega 6 fatty acids in the Western diet. This is mainly because vegetable oils such as soy and canola are ubiquitous. They are found in a wide range of packaged and prepared foods. They fall in the range of unsaturated fats and are therefore considered healthy. This is a misconception and this misconception has led to a great imbalance in the fat intake of Westerners.
Omega 6 fatty acids contribute to ill health in a number of ways, mainly through the way they contribute to inflammation. The class of drugs known as COX inhibitors works to block the conversion of Omega 6 fatty acids into arachidonic acid, a major contributor to inflammation related diseases. Consider the health imbalances that could be avoided if we have a balanced fatty acid intake. Of course there are many factors to health but the importance of fatty acid balance is often overlooked. We are now beginning to hear more news about the benefits of adequate Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet and its relation to health.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This group of fatty acids is not as common in the Western diet as omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from cold water fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and cod, to name a few.  And it is also available from a select group of plant oils, mainly flax and hemp seed oil. There are more than a few concerns about obtaining your fatty acid intake solely from fish. The concerns are mainly around the high levels of PCB’s, mercury and other heavy metals in fish. And, there is also the major concern of over fishing of the world’s oceans. So to rely on fish as your main source of fatty acids is not a wise choice, when you can get them from hemp seed oil.

Hemp -vs- Flax

I also mentioned flax oil as a source for omega 3 fatty acids. This is true, it is a great source for omega 3’s. There is an issue though. The issue is flax seed oil is omega 3 unbalanced, meaning it contains a high ratio of omega 3 fats that is not balanced with the other essential fatty acids. While it is good for short term use, in the long run it will contribute to an imbalance of fatty acids in the body.
This is where hemp seed oil comes in, hemp seed oil is balanced in its ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This is rare and it is what makes hemp oil such a special and beneficial oil. The ratio of omega fatty acids in this oil is very close to the ratio a healthy human body likes to maintain. This means you can use hemp seed oil on a long term basis and with much concern of causing an essential fatty acid imbalance.
Hemp seed oil has a delicious nutty flavor, it is light green in color and goes well with salads and other vegetable dishes. Because hemp seed oil is delicate it should only be used raw and never cooked or heated.
At Zebra Organics we package our hemp seed oil in dark green bottles and it is stored under refrigeration. This is optimal in delivering you a healthy and fresh product. To purchase some delicious fresh healthy hemp seed oil visit this link.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Zebra Organics
This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com