Hemp Oil: A Super Food
For all of you who are still on the “Just Say No” bandwagon, you might believe that hemp seed oil, which is derived from the seeds of the cannabis plant, is just another way for those dang hippies to get high. However, while the flowers this controversial plant are capable of bringing about mild hallucinations and making everything on FOX News seem hilarious, the seeds and the beneficial fatty oils that they contain, will do no such thing. In fact, hemp seed oil is thought to be one of the most beneficial supplements a person can take in order to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
Once upon a time before politicians and business interests got involved, hemp was an important crop with any industrial and medicinal uses. On the health front, the seeds of the hemp plant were found to be an almost perfect food source, containing 80% of the essential fatty acids that our bodies need as well as globule edestins which is a rare protein that is similar to globulin. Hemp oil is easily digestible and contains pretty much all of the essential fatty acids that the body needs in order to stay functioning properly. Modern Research studies have found that taking hemp oil on a regular basis can help repair a damaged immune system and even reverse wasting making it an important natural supplement for both cancer patients and people with AIDS
Taking Internally Hemp Oil Can:
- Increase vitality
- Help with motor skills
- Ease Arthritis Pain
- Strengthen the Immune System
- Treat Tuberculosis
- Decrease Sun Related Damage to the skin
People with conditions caused by deficiency in LA (Omega 6) and LNA (Omega 3) can be treated by taking hemp oil because it has those essential fatty acids (EFA) in balanced, ideal proportions.
Hemp seed oil has a low level of Stearic acid (18:0) which is beneficial for health because high levels of Stearic acid form flow-impeding clots in blood vessels and work against the healing qualities of the EFA’s.
How much to take:
On the daily basis you can take 2-4 dessert spoons (up to 50 ml) per day. In the case of therapy you can increase the dose up to 150 ml per day for approximately 7 days, then return to the regular daily amount.
Hemp Seed Oil has a nutty flavor that most people find pleasant. It is an ideal additive to salad dressings, dips, or cold pasta. It is not suitable for frying, since excess heat will greatly reduce many of its life giving benefits. It can also be used externally to treat skin conditions such as eczema. You can find it many health food stores.