Hemp Seed Oil, Omega 3 and YOU
People keep talking about those Omega 3’s and how Hemp Oil is what I need to be “better balanced” in life. Better balanced, Visuals of the commercial for V8 where the people are at a 45 degree angle until they drink their V8 and, like magic they pop back up and the everything was awesome again in the world. Well, hemp oil affects me that same way. With a regular dose of hemp oil in my life, I feel like I am able to tackle the day, whatever it may be, with a bit more confidence and what feels like a more focused mental acuity. Surely this is just me feeling good about eating healthy but as science suggests, there is more going on than my “eating healthy” feeling. Hemp seeds and the hemp oil you can get from pressing them is special. I am fascinated at natures science behind the hemp plant, is not only interesting, it is amazing!
In its unrefined form, hemp seed oil is a grassy green color and has a distinct, nutty flavor. Hemp oil from pressed hemp seeds contains the most important omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid, which is the only essential omega-3 fatty acid our bodies need, and you must get it from your diet.
Hemp Seed Oil Breakdown
Hemp seed oil and is comprised of about 10 percent saturated fatty acids. The majority of hemp seed oil, about 60 percent, is comprised of the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. Another omega-6 fatty acid that hemp seed oil contains is of gamma-linolenic acid, although only about 5 percent of the oil is made of this type of omega-6. Finally, hemp seed oil contains approximately 15 percent of the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid. In hemp seed oil, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 3:1, or maybe slightly less, depending on the plant variety, notes Leson. This favorable ratio helps to compensate, at least partially, for the general overconsumption of omega-6 fatty acids in the typical American diet.
Why is Hemp Oil from pressed Hemp Seeds better than other Omega-3’s?
Hemp seed provides the only essential omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid. Fish oil supplements are popular for their omega-3 content but they contain a not so favorable kind in the mix. Fish oil’s contain eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA. These omega-3 fatty acids are not essential because the body can make them from alpha-linolenic acid. There is evidence that omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation and may help to decrease your risk of diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
Is Hemp Oil the only way to get this necessary Omega 3 from Hemp?
Of course not. Hemp seeds are a great way to enjoy the nutritional value of the hemp plant! Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, made into tea, and used in baking. Hemp seeds are one of the earth’s best sources of easily digestible, high-quality protein. This hemp protein is awesome because, as we all know, proteins are among the body’s most essential nutrients, helping you build and repair tissue and build lean muscle mass. 65% of hemp seeds protein is high-quality edestin, making them the highest vegan source of this simple protein that’s required for proper immune system function. The other 35% is albumin protein. With live enzymes intact, hemp’s digestible proteins are easily assimilated into the body. Hemp protein is also a great alternative if you’re allergic to the proteins found in dairy and soy.