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Hemp seed oil - a source of essential fatty acids in a long-term balance

Hemp seed oil can be used on a long term basis to maintain healthy levels of essential fatty acids, without leading to a deficiency or imbalance of omega 6 or omega 3. It tastes like sunflower oil and is green due to its magnesium containing chlorphyll.

Hemp seed oil as an alternative to flaxseed oil

While flax seed oil is useful for treating degenerative diseases, it is too rich in omega 3 - about 4 times as much omega 3 as omega 6 - to be used exclusively for the long-term. You can develop an omega 6 deficiency by using only flax oil too long. This can take years to develop, but displays as thin, papery feeling skin that dries out and cracks easily. For others, this could develop in as short a time as 10-16 months with exclusive use of flax oil.

Knowing this, we began to look for a natural product that contains a balance of omega 3 and omega 6. We believe Hemp Seed Oil is the one.

Hemp seed oil can be used on a long-term basis to maintain healthy levels of EFA's - essential fatty acids, without leading to either an EFA deficiency or imbalance. This is because hemp seed contains both omega 6 and omega 3 EFA's, in a better long-term balance. In addition to this, it also contains almost 2% GLA, the omega 6 derivative that is a key active ingredient in evening primrose and borage oils.

Samples of hemp seed oil tested contained about 57% LA (18:2w6), 19% KNA (18:3w3) and 1.7% GLA (18:w6). Like the fatty acid profile of all natural oils, that of hemp oil will vary, depending on the strain, location, latitude and weather conditions of the year the plants were grown.

Hemp seeds and hemp oil produce no 'high' in humans or animals. They contain very small amounts of THC, the active in marijuana, unless the seeds have been contaminated.

Hemp seed oil tastes like sunflower oil. It is green in colour due to its content of magnesium containing chlorophyll. Most people that sampled hemp oil preferred its taste to the taste of flax oil.

Hemp seed oil is good for all food uses except deep-frying. Like flax oil, its twin, hemp seed oil needs to be refrigerated or frozen to prevent deterioration and must be shielded from light and oxygen to prevent rancidity.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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