Hemp Seed Derived Hemp Oil
Most hemp oil is raw (made from raw hemp seeds), cold-pressed, and unrefined. Too delicate to handle any heat, it makes a flavorful finishing oil for lightly drizzling on soups or entrées. The translucent green color and common but erroneous association with marijuana might be off-putting at first, but hemp seed oil adds both rich flavor and beneficial fatty acids. Hemp seed oil represents a single source of all of the essential fatty and amino acids that are required for healthy human life. As we already said, hemp seed oil is derived from the industrial hemp seed.
Hemp oil contains 57 percent linoleic acid, also known as Omega-6, and 19 percent linolenic acid, also known as Omega-3. LA and LNA are essential fatty acids, which are required by the body yet cannot be produced within the body.
Hemp oil contains 1.7 percent gamma-linolenic acid, which promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin, in addition to reducing inflammation.
According to RegenerativeNutrition.com, LA and LNA can help enhance growth, increase energy, promote healing, regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. According to HempWorld.com, Omega-3 may help reduce the risk of heart attack.
One tablespoon of hemp oil contains approximately 120 calories and represents 22 percent daily value of total fat (1g saturated fat, 10g polyunsaturated fat, 3g monounsaturated fat). Hemp oil contains no cholesterol, carbohydrates, proteins, sodium or sugar.
Hemp oil may be consumed in foods, such as dips and salad dressing, or taken as a supplement. Heat will reduce the nutritional benefits of hemp oil; therefore, it is not typically used in cooking.