An aliment obtained by pressing the raw seeds of the hemp plant, hemp oil is derived from those varieties of Cannabis sativa. These varieties don’t contain large amounts of the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive element (a substance that can alter the consciousness, mood, and thoughts of those who use them) present in the usual ones.
Hemp oil is packed with essential fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), essential for brain development, skin, and retina. An excellent moisturizer, it decreases skin dryness and prevents irritation and itching. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can protect from aging, too.[1,2]
While fish are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, they also run the risk of mercury contamination that can hamper the neurological functioning and overall growth of an unborn baby. Hemp oil can be a good alternative for pregnant women as it does not carry the risk of mercury ingestion.[3,4]
Hemp Oil & Heart Health
Hemp oil is a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid—an omega-3 fatty acid that can help prevent heart disease, arthritis, and depression.
Hemp oil has the correct ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is 3:1. This balance of essential fatty acids is excellent for heart health and cardiovascular functioning. These acids are also important for many biological processes and prevent several degenerative conditions such as arthritis and heart disease. They promote a healthy intestinal flora and improve immunity, too.
How To Take It
The recommended daily allowance of hemp seed oil is 1tbsp to 2tbsp (14-28ml), which provides between 3gm and 6gm of omega-3 and between 8gm and 16gm of omega-6 fatty acids.
- Replace your salad dressings with hemp oil and add a teaspoon every day to your salads for a healthy heart.
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