What is hemp seed oil?

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What is hemp seed oil?

Hemp seed oil is the nutty, flavorful oil that comes from the raw seeds of the hemp plant. It’s a documented dietary supplement and beauty aid.

Hemp seed oil is not the same as hemp oil.

It comes from the tall growing varieties of cannabis. However, it does not contain THC – the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. It offer some powerful health benefits when used both internally and externally.

Hemp seed has been used for more than 8.000 years in our culture

Hemp seed has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. In 6000 BC, both the seeds and oil were used for food in China. At the turn of the 20th century in the USA, it was commonly used in lamps, drying oils for paints, wood varnish and many more purposes.

Hemp seed oil contains little to no THC or CBD and is instead extracted for its healthy fatty acid profile.

Research has found that hemp contains all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that are necessary for human life. Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3 and insoluble fiber. They are a good source of tocopherols, or Vitamin E antioxidants. They’re packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus, and microelements like strontium, thorium, arsenic and chromium.

High in essential fatty acids, Omega 6 and omega 3, hemp oil can be used to increase immunity, counteract aging skin and improve cardiovascular health. Several studies show that the linoleic acid present in hemp oil can slow down the aging process and fight psoriasis.

Hemp seed oil also contains a unique protein called globule edestin which is similar to globulin in human blood plasma. Hemp seed oil possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hemp is also considered to be the most balanced oil for nutrition found in nature and it is easily digestible, too.

All of this combined together, provides many wonderful benefits for health as well as beauty, inside and out.

The most important health benefits of hemp seed oil

According to research and articles hemp seed oil is known for the following health benefits. 

1. Hemp seed oil helps maintain a hormonal balance

Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid, which is eventually converted to the protective hormone prostaglandin PGE1 that regulates the hormonal balance and supports menopausal health.

2. Hemp seed oil regenerates and energises the skin’s protective layer

Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp seed oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Pure hemp seed oil can be used to treat dry hair and is often included in hair conditioners.

3. Hemp seed oil is great for vegetarians

Getting the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be tricky for vegetarians and vegans. Hemp seed oil has the optimal ratio of these acids.

4. Hemp seed oil helps lower cholesterol

The only vegetable oil to contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (3:1), hemp seed oil can help lower cholesterol levels by accelerating metabolic processes. With a faster metabolism, fats burn at a quicker rate and are not deposited on the artery walls.

5. Hemp seed oil can be good for diabetics

Due to its low carbohydrate and sugar content, hemp oil is can be a great food additive for diabetics. The nutrients present in it can help moderate blood sugar levels.

6. Hemp seed oil can help prevent psoriasis

Psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acids in the body. The fatty acids present in hemp oil help improve skin oxygenation and hydration.

7. Hemp seed oil can boost your immunity

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also improve immunity and regulate intestinal flora, thus building a natural barrier against microbes and increasing the resilience of the body.

8. Hemp seed oil helps prevent demyelination of the nervous system

Essential fatty acids are necessary for a healthy cell membrane structure. They also prevent the demyelination, the destruction of the myelin sheath (a membrane that protects the nerve cells).

9. Hemp seed oil can prevent varicose veins

Like other compounds high in omega-3s, hemp oil can thin your blood, reducing blood clots and varicose veins.

These statements and claims are not made by us, so make sure you read our health disclaimer.

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