Hemp seeds contain protein, vitamins, minerals, and a naturally balanced ratio of essential Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Hemp also contains GLA (gamma – linolenic acid) that is absent from the fats we usually eat.
Hemp seed oil has been dubbed, ‘Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil’ due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of the required essential fatty acids (EFAs) for long-term human consumption.
What are Omega fatty acids?
Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids are all important dietary fats and crucial parts of human cell membranes. However, as with most things in life, it is important to get the right balance of Omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids in your diet.
Let’s face it, the numbers are confusing. But which fatty acid is best for a healthy body? And what’s the difference between them?
In a nutshell, the difference between one fatty acid and another comes down to tiny molecules. Slight differences in molecular configuration allow each of these fatty acids to work wonders in their own unique ways, which is why it’s best not to think about one being better than another — instead, let’s go into more detail why a good balance of all three is so favourable to your health.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats, a type of fat your body can’t make which is why they are referred to as ‘essential’.
The term ‘polyunsaturated’ refers to their chemical structure, as ‘poly’ means many and ‘unsaturated’ refers to double bonds. Together they mean that Omega-3 fatty acids have many double bonds.
Because Omega-3 fatty acids are so critical to neurological development, it is theorized that supplementation may aid in the treatment of neurological disorders as well as promote healthy brain development in babies and slow the decline of brain function in old age. Taking Omega-3s may also reduce symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It can also reduce the risk of psychotic disorders for those who are at risk.
In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3 fatty acids may lead to improvements in some inflammatory conditions. They have shown to increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and reduce triglycerides, and the formation of arterial plaques as well as decreasing the amount of fat in the liver.
Like Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The only difference is that the last double bond is six carbons from the Omega end of the fatty acid molecule. Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential, so you need to obtain them from your diet. These fats’ are primarily used for energy.
Omega-6 fatty acids, also play a crucial role in brain function, and normal growth and development. Omega-6s have shown to help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system.
Omega-9 fatty acids are monounsaturated, meaning they only have one double bond.
It is located nine carbons from the Omega end of the fatty acid molecule.
Omega-9 fatty acids aren’t strictly “essential,” meaning they can be produced by the body. In fact, Omega-9 fats are the most abundant fats in most cells in the body.
However, consuming foods rich in Omega-9 fatty acids instead of other types of fat may have a number of beneficial health effects similar to the benefits of Omega 3’s and 6’s.
For a long-term healthy diet, Hemp Seeds and Oil are superior to other sources of Omegas because:
- Contain more Omega 3 and 6 than other sources.
- Provide GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which isn’t found in Fish, Flax, Soy, Chia or Sacha Inchi.
- Are more sustainable and obtainable than other sources.
- Easier to consume and taste good
- Easily satisfy dietary Omega oil needs without the risk of causing a deficiency. For the average adult consuming 3000 calories per day they would satisfy the recommended daily Omega Oil intake with 2.5 tablespoons of Hemp Oil or 4.5 tablespoons of Hemp Seeds.
- Provide higher quality and quantity of protein than any other food source.
- Provide the B Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids necessary for utilisation of Omega oils.
- Are naturally rich in Gamma Tocopherol, the most potent form of Vitamin E and the preservative of choice for Omega Oils.