Hemp seed oil is a claimed alternative to other seed or fish oils as a source of omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA).
You’ve heard from here or other sources about the benefits of including omega 3 into your diet. You could enjoy the benefits of improved skin tone and moisture, hair that’s not so brittle, arteries that are less clogged and so on.
But why would you use hemp seed oil instead of fish oils or flax seed oil?
Here’s just 5 reasons that that hemp seed oil is a better source for you.
Hemp seed oil (especially Good Oil) has a pleasant mildly nutty taste. While not everyone likes every taste, most people who have tried Good Oil hemp seed oil have found the taste to be quite good.
Much more so than flax seed oil, and more so than even fish oils.
Plus, with hemp seed oil, there’s no aftertaste from burping. Which both you and your companions will appreciate.
Hemp seed oil works well with the foods you already cook and eat. You can add it to any recipe that requires oil and enjoy it.
While heating it will destroy some of the nutritional benefits, this is true for any food. For instance, raw potatoes or raw fish will have more nutritional value than cooked potatoes or cooked fish.
Yet, we generally prefer to eat our foods cooked. That’s OK. You’ll still receive more benefits and less saturated fats using hemp seed oil to pan fry your foods than you will using olive oil or flax seed oil or butter.
Do you use fish oil to fry your chicken? Do you use a fish oil and vinegar dressing for your salads? Do you take fish oil in a tablespoon from the bottle or do you just take it in a pill? No, of course you don’t.
Hemp seed oil is much more versatile than fish oils. You can use it for all of the above and more.
Once you try hemp seed oil, you’ll be looking for different ways to incorporate it into your everyday foods.
You may have heard that our oceans are being over fished. Some species’ population are crashing because of fishing pressure. And the fish that are left have high levels of mercury and other pollutants which can be damaging to your health.
Using hemp seed oil instead of fish oil for the omega 3 content can actually help clean up the world you live in.
How, you may ask?
Hemp does this by growing on marginal land, needing no pesticides or fertilizers to grow vigorously, leaving the soil in better condition than it started, absorbing and locking away large quantities of CO2.
And the whole hemp plant, not just the seeds, is incredibly useful. The stalks are used for a whole host of products including fibers, building products and the highest available source of biomass for producing fuels.
Your use of hemp seed oil helps to mitigate the need for new taxes to reduce CO2 production.
Good Oil is very green in many ways.
Hemp seed oil, flax seed oil and fish oils are all high in omega 3 EFA. But there are two EFA’s, omega 3 and omega 6. Essential fatty acids are defined as substances that are required for life to continue but are not produced by your body. They have to come from external sources.
The omega’s have different functions. According to Dr. Andrew Weil in explaining the difference between the functions of omega 6 and omega 3, the omega’s tend to have opposite effects. Omega 6′s increase inflammation, blood clotting and cell growth. Omega 3′s tend to decrease these responses. We need a balance or more omega 3′s.
Omega 6 fatty acids are not the problem. We get plenty of those in our diet from typical sources like seeds, nuts and the oil extracted from them. Soybean oil is a good source of omega 6 fatty acid and has become pretty ubiquitous in a wide range of products. In fact, if you’re a typical American, you now get about 20% of your calories from soybean oil.
Omega 3, on the other hand, is much more elusive. It is high in fish and a few plants, such as flax and walnut oil. And, of course, hemp seed oil, which is the highest source of omega 3 in a culinary oil.
But more than being a great source of omega 3, hemp seed oil is also balanced in its ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. A ratio of 3 omega 6 to 1 omega 3 is widely considered a optimal balance relative to your nutritional needs.
Hemp seed oil naturally has a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.
So incorporating hemp seed oil into your diet can both increase the amount of omega 3 you get without inflating the amount of omega 6 you’re also getting.
5. Help your local farmer
OK, so using hemp seed oil won’t help even one US farmer keep his farm this year.
It can’t. It is illegal to grow hemp in the United States. Well, illegal to grow without getting a permit issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) first. And no permits have been issued by the DEA for, oh, a couple generations.
Not since the US Government encouraged hemp farming during WWII.
But hemp certainly has the potential to once again become an important crop in America’s farmland. Food, fuels, textiles, pulp, biodegradable plastics are just a few industries that would benefit from American hemp production.
How can you help to change the policy banning US hemp production? By using hemp wherever you can. You have a chance to start with Good Oil hemp seed oil.
The greater the demand for healthy foods such as hemp and locally grown foods, the more the market will respond in order to bring you what you want to buy. It just works that way.
Your pocketbook counts. Vote for goods things whenever you can. We’ll all win.