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05/27/2016 / By Claire Rankin
Hemp seeds are an invaluable source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and omega 6 oils and more. Hemp oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold-pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear green in color, with a pleasant nutty flavor. Hemp oil should not be confused with cannabis oil, made from marijuana buds and usually taken for medical reasons.Here are some of the health benefits you can expect get on a regular basis by making hemp oil part of your diet.
Eaten as a vegetable oil, hempseed oil can lower cholesterol levels. It is said to accelerate the metabolic process, so fats are burned quickly and are not deposited on artery walls. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, consuming 30 milliliters per day of hempseed oil for four weeks resulted in a lower ratio of total to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which can decrease one’s risk for heart disease. Be careful not to heat the oil, hempseed oil is not a cooking oil. Use in salad dressings or to make home-made mayonnaise or dips. The oil can also be taken in capsule form as a nutritional supplement.
Regulating hormones with hempseed oil
Hempseed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, which can aid in regulating hormone imbalances, which are often caused by stress, poor nutrition, diseases or pollution. Many chemicals are endocrine disruptors and these chemicals are found in plastics, cosmetics, hair care products, pesticides and certain medications. When hormones are out of balance, symptoms such as hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, insomia, anxiety, digestive problems may be the result.
Hempseed oil has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids that are needed for optimum human health. Omega 3 oils are vital for health, while consuming too many Omega 6 fatty acids can cause the body to create an overabundance of inflammatory hormones, such as insulin, and can cause hypoglycemia.
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