Written by Crusador Staff, 02 March 2012
The explosion of interest in hemp based health products in the natural products industry is not because of marketing hype, it's because when compared to most other food sources, all forms of hemp simply leave others in the dust. Hemp truly is the perfect whole food supplement. Very few foods offer such a complete array of balanced, nutrient dense nutrition. While we could spend a great deal of time discussing hemp protein, hemp seeds, hemp coffee or hemp milk, we want to highlight hemp seed oil in this particular article.
With regard to hemp seed oil's essential fatty acid profile, it's in a league of its own. Hemp seed oil is closer to fish oil than any other vegetable oil. Considering that a large percentage of fish oil is contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals, it would be a wise thing to consider giving hemp seed oil a try instead. Hemp seed oil contains an inherently nutritious fat profile composition of 80% polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), 11% monounsaturated fats, 9% saturated fats and zero trans fat.
There are two main reasons why hemp seed oil is considered to be a superior omega oil. Hemp seed oil is the source of a rare "super omega-3" called stearidonic acid (SDA) that is the "first metabolite" in the omega-3 family and therefore easy for the body to process. It is also a rare plant source of the "super omega-6" EFA called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Both of these oils are found in an optimum 3:1 balanced ratio in hemp seed oil. SDA and GLA, as research has validated, plays a huge role in both fat metabolism and immunity. Evening Primrose oil and Borage oil are some of the only other sources of these unique essential oils, however, they are not considered as good.
Those on the cutting edge in the weight loss industry and fitness community are extremely impressed with how these rare EFA's help trigger fat burning in the body that can be more effective than even cardiovascular training. Hemp seed oil has a significant effect in fat loss and overall regulation of the body's metabolism when used regularly.
Hemp seed oil is also showing impressive results in dealing with inflammation and auto-immune functions in the body. What's also worth noting for those dealing with food allergies, the hemp plant doesn't contain gluten or other allergenic compounds. Most people with food allergies do fine on all forms of hemp.
Health organizations have recommended that fat intake should make up 20% to 35% of your total calories. They further recommend that most of your fat intake should come from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, while limiting the intake of trans and saturated fats. Hemp seed dietary fat meets this recommendation. Hemp seed contains zero trans fat and is cholesterol-free.
Hemp seed oil contains one of the highest concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). EFAs are vital for good health but cannot be manufactured by our body, and so they must be present in our diet through the foods we eat. EFAs are both important components of cell membranes and are precursors for substances in the body involved with regulating blood pressure and inflammatory responses.
Does Hemp Seed Oil Contain Any THC?
All hemp products are currently grown outside the U.S. and the federal government has mandated that all hemp foods must meet stringent federal regulations in order to be imported for human use.
According to the online website Wikipedia:
"Hempseed oil is manufactured from varieties of Cannabis sativa that do not contain significant amounts of THC, the psychoactive element present in the cannabis plant. This manufacturing process typically includes cleaning the seed to 99.99% before pressing the oil. There is no THC within the hempseed, although trace amounts of THC may be found in hempseed oil when plant matter adheres to the seed surface during manufacturing. The modern production of hempseed oil, particularly in Canada, has successfully lowered THC values since 1998."
Another important thing to note, the hemp plant requires no pesticides or herbicides to grow and it has not been genetically engineered. Hemp seed oil is a remarkable oil that was designed to keep man healthy, vibrant and disease free. If you would like to supply your cells with life-giving essential fatty acids and stimulate your body's metabolism for weight loss, hemp seed oil is a terrific product that you should be using daily. Hemp seed oil has a light green color and a gourmet nutty flavor, a tasteful compliment to a variety of foods. It can be added to juices, smoothies, soups and sauces to create a rich creamy texture. It also makes an excellent base for any salad dressing. You can substitute hemp seed oil for other oils in recipes that are not heated above 176 C (350 F). Suggested Use: 1-2 Tablespoons, taken daily for life!