Hemp seed oil has a long history in Eastern cultures as a multi-purpose natural remedy for different health issues. Despite its unquestionable reputation, prejudice to its association with cannabis has kept it from common use in the West.
While hemp oil contains no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive element found in cannabis, it’s still sketchy to some people. Good thing, proper dissemination of information and facts about hemp seed oil prevails and many people now are seeking it out for it’s health benefits.
What Makes Hemp Oil Healthy?
Hemp seeds are naturally rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein, omega 6, omega 3, and insoluble fiber. They are good source of tocopherols (antioxidants found in Vitamin E). They are rich in minerals, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and micro elements like chromium, arsenic, thorium, and strontium.
Studies concluded that the linoleic acid found in hemp oil can slow down the process of aging and helps fight psoriasis.
Here are the significant benefits of Hemp Oil.
Maintains Hormonal Balance
Among the edible seeds, Hemp is the only one that contains gamma-linolenic acid. This acid is eventually converted to PGE1 (protective hormone prostaglandin) that regulates balance in hormones and supports menopausal health.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
Hemp seed oil has 3:1 ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Its abundance in omega fatty acids helps lower blood cholesterol by accelerating the body’s metabolic processes. Fast metabolism enables the body to burn fats quicker and prevents it from depositing along the artery walls.
Ideal for Vegetarians
Vegetarian and vegan diet hinders the body from getting a enough omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Hemp oil has the ideal ratio of these acids.
Energizes and Regenerates the Skin’s Protective Layer
The composition of hemp oil is similar to skin lipids due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. This makes the hemp oil an excellent emollient and moisturizer. It is ideal for dry, dehydrated, and tired skin and nails.
Studies show that hemp seed oil dramatically increases skin moisture which alleviates itching and irritation. It increases the elasticity of the skin and water retention capacity in the skin tissues. What’s more, pure hemp oil is also ideal for treating dry hair and is even included in hair conditioning products. So, be sure to dab some oil on your skin before hitting your bunk bed to achieve well-moisturized skin the next morning.
Good for Diabetics
Since hemp seed oil is low on sugar and carbohydrate content, it is ideal as food additive for diabetics. In fact, the nutrients found in hemp oil help neutralize blood sugar levels.
Prevention of Psoriasis
The main cause of psoriasis is deficiency in omega-6 fatty acids in the body. Thus, hemp oil is effective as a treatment because it helps improve hydration and oxygenation of the skin.
Helps in Boosting Immunity
The essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil have shown to promote healthy flora in the intestines and boosts immune system response and functions. This is very helpful especially in fighting virus during cold and flu seasons that are rampant at school, work, and social interactions everyday.
Prevents Demyelination of the Nervous System
The essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 is important in generating a healthy cell membrane structure. It also prevents demyelination, a condition resulted from the destruction of myelin sheath (membrane that protects nerve cells).
Prevents Varicose Veins
Just like other compounds that are rich in omega-3, hemp oil helps in thinning blood clots and yes, varicose veins.
Reminders When Using Hemp Seed Oil for the First Time
Hemp seed oil is undeniably rich in health benefits, however it should be avoided by people with prostate cancer and people who are taking blood thinners. Below are some precautions that you need to you need to keep in mind before using it.
It is an Anticoagulant
Since hemp oil have anti-clotting effect on the blood, people who take blood thinners and suffering heart diseases should avoid using it.
Increases the Risk of Prostate Cancer
Hemp oil has been found to create cell regeneration, which encourages the growth of tumors, particularly the cancer cells for prostate. Medical professionals advise in avoiding consumption of hemp seed oil if you’re at high risk of prostate cancer.
High Doses Could Cause Diarrhea or Cramps
Too much consumption of hemp seed oil leads to diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps. This is a good reminder that too much of everything is bad. So take heed, and keep your dosage minimal.
It Should Not Be Heated
Be extra cautious when it comes to storing hemp oil. High temperatures can actually denature the unsaturated fats of the oil and convert them into saturated fats, which of course we don’t want to happen.
The amazing health benefits of Hemp Oil is truly remarkable and one of the infallible testament that nature is a flowing treasure of many health wonders. It’s only a matter of how we utilize them.
Harry Beckett is an artist, designer, blogger, and writer. He likes to read books about lifestyle and self-help. Harry also loves to design different types of furniture like cabinets, chairs, and table. His articles usually focus on home decoration, lifestyle, and tips. He is an active guest blogger in Focus on Furniture. When he is free, Harry usually spends it exercising. Even if he is busy, He still has time to play with his Himalayan cat, Yuki.