November 07, 2014
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 manylevels.
Although its link to the cannabis plant remains an obstacle, scientists are continuingto learn new benefits of the seed. Studies by The American Chemical Society revealed “just how many healthful compounds hempseed oil contains."
The Ancient Chinese adopted hemp seed and hempseed oil as a both a food and medicine. Technically a nut, hempseed has been used intraditional medicine to treat various disorders dating back thousands of years.
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.
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.
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 fattyacids.
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 6fatty acids.
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 “beneficialphysiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer.”
Hempseed comprises of a range of plant sterols and alcohols thatare recognized to decrease inflammation.