Hemp seed oil nutritional information
Of all the oils extracted from nuts, seeds and plants the industrial strain of the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa L. is one that is naturally THC free. Although, all Cannabis genus plants produce oil, only the industrial hemp plant strain can produce hemp seeds for the hemp seed oil we are talking about. The cold-pressed hemp seeds provide the nutritious, rich, and nutty flavor characteristic of hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil contains approximately 80% of good fats (polyunsaturated fatty acids), and can sometimes contain up to 20% of saturated fatty acids, depending on the specific plant. Hemp seed oil contains all of the essential fatty acid requirements that the body needs, more so than any other oil supplement or alternative. Surprisingly, the body does not produce these essential fatty acids so we need to obtain them from our diet to sustain a healthy body and well being.
Indeed, hemp seed oil is rightly deemed as nature’s perfectly balanced oil. This derives from the fact that hemp oil contains a balanced ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids that is ideal for the human body. The human body requires a balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids and hemp seed oil has the perfect 1:3 ratio; compared to flax for example which has 4:1. Having a more balance ratio of required omegas means you need to consume less to get the same health benefits, which also means fewer calories from fat. It also contains small amounts of another polyunsaturated fatty acid GLA that is also beneficial to the body and rarely found in other seed and nut oils.
Putting the oil aside, hemp seed is one of the most valuable vegan proteins, which aids the body in various ways. Its proteins help the functions of the body by gas state as antibodies and as enzymes for the building of hormones, tissue components, and blood protein. In fact, hemp seed protein is 65% Edestin which is the amino acid protein that makes up the backbone of human DNA and red blood cells. The remaining amino acid is Albumin which is the same protein that gives egg whites all their glory. The protein in hemp seeds contains at least 9 essential and 2 semi-essential of the 20 known amino acids, which the body cannot natural manufacture. Once all 9 amino acids are present and accounted for, the body’s requirement for protein is considered complete.
Other Health Benefits of Consuming Hemp Seed Oil
When the body receives an adequate dose (i.e. the body’s daily requirement) of the essential fatty acids that make up hemp seeds, the body can improve and defend itself from a variety of illnesses and diseases. For example, hemp seed oil is an excellent for:
- Lowering blood pressure and blood LDL cholesterol levels
- Improving organ function and immunity levels
- Increasing metabolic rates and energy levels, which aids with weight loss and various fitness goals
- Reducing PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps, and inflammation due to arthritis
- Reducing dry brittle hair and nails, as well as topically treating dry skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
The hemp plant ranks high in the plant kingdom for its multifaceted qualities. Hemp seed oil specifically is powerful, nutritionally superior, and easy to incorporate into any diet on a daily basis. Blend it into smoothies, garnishes, sauces, salad dressings, baking and more! It is Nature’s best-known secret to good health and well-being.