The Undeniable Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Why do we use cold-pressed, organic hemp seed oil in our products? Read on..
CBD companies are using many different carriers for their products including coconut oil, olive oil, and glycerine. While there is nothing wrong with these carriers, we use organic hemp seed oil which is shown to be indispensable to the human body. Add the beneficial qualities of a full spectrum of cannabinoids and you have an incredibly potent blend to help you on your journey towards optimum health and wellness.
Hemp seed oil has been used for hundreds of years as a multi-purpose remedy due to its wealth of phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and protein. From hormonal balance to heart health to boosted immunity, there are many amazing benefits of hemp seed oil.
Healthy Skin & Hair
Hemp seed oil is unique from other plant extractions in that hemp oil contains the perfect balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which is essential for optimal skin health. Hemp seed oil is also a great source of gamma-linolic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid that reduces inflammation and helps to treat acne. If that wasn’t enough, hemp seed oil contains ceramides. Ceramides are lipids (fats) that support the skin’s barrier layer for moisture retention and help hold healthy cells together, leaving skin and hair hydrated, smooth and healthy. Ceramides are also particularly effective in treating eczema and psoriasis – conditions where fewer ceramides exist in the outer layer of the skin.
Research shows that gamma-linolic acid is also useful in helping the body balance hormones. For women, supplementing with GLA can help ease premenstrual syndrome, reduce cramping and pain and help reduce menopause symptoms.
Hemp seed oil contains a variety of plant sterols and alcohols. These compounds have been shown to reduce inflammation – a common symptom in many different conditions. The GLA found in hemp seed oil also reduces inflammation.
Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, a balance that has been shown to support heart health and proper cardiovascular function. The same gamma-linolic acid that makes hemp oil so great for the skin can also lower bad cholesterol and prevent saturated fat buildup in the arteries. When fat builds in the arteries, the heart has to work significantly harder to properly oxygenate your blood. This leads to high blood pressure and prevents your cells from getting the energy they need to survive.
Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is crucial for brain development. Hemp seed oil has the unique content of fatty acids and the perfect ratio of linoleic acid to alpha linoleic acid that help the brain function at its most optimal level. Hemp is one of the very few ingredients found in nature that have the perfect balance of nutrition that completely coincides with the brain’s need for cannabinoids.
Immune System Support
Fatty acids are essential for immune modulation. The endocannabinoids that our bodies produce naturally are derived from fatty acids. Our body cannot create the endocannabinoids without breaking down fats first. Increasing your fatty acid intake boosts the immune system and helps your body produce more endocannabinoids. Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) also regulate our intestinal flora, balance inflammation levels naturally and boost our digestive health. This way our bodies becomes more resilient and keep the harmful microbes out.
Nervous System Support
Essential fatty acids are vital for a healthy nervous system. Nerves that communicate with the brain are protected by Myelin, a fat insulation that is vital to the normal functioning of the nervous system. Myelin helps ensure that signals from one nerve cell (or neuron) to another can properly reach their destination. Intake of essential fatty acids is necessary to prevent the degeneration of the brain and nervous system over time. To keep myelin functioning properly, dietary essential fatty acids are vital.
Endocannabinoids and essential fatty acids are also essential for mood. Research has shown that a diet with a proper balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids may help delay or reduce the neurological effects of certain diseases and improve quality of life. Several studies have shown that Omega 3 supplementation can improve symptoms in bipolar disorder. Others have found improvements in ADD/ADHD as well as autism. This could be because essential fatty acids are critical to maintaining brain function. The endocannabinoid system regulates the release of neurotransmitters, some of which play major roles in conditions like depression and anxiety. As mentioned previously, endocannabinoids are made from fat. Consuming extra essential fatty acids gives your body the ability to produce these lipids.
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