By Marina Daniell
Hemp seed oil is probably one of the healthiest oils on the planet. If you’re not using hemp seed oil as an essential part of your daily diet, you’re missing out on one of nature’s most amazing health foods.
The main nutritional advantage of hemp seed oil over other oils is both in the composition of its oil (i.e. its fatty acid profile) and in its protein, which contains all of the essential amino acids at a ratio closer to other ‘complete’ sources of protein (such as meat or eggs).
For many years there was a misconception that hemp seed oil contained THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant. Needless to say, there is no THC within the hemp seed.
Here are 5 reasons why you should try hemp seed oil:
1. Full of vitamins
Hemp seed oil is the only plant that contains vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption. It also contains acids and antioxidants in the form of vitamin E and carotene as well as a number of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium and phosphorus.
2. Excellent for skin care
Hemp seed oil can prevent skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin. You can also use hemp seed oil as massage oil.
3. High in protein
Hemp seed oil is made up of 25 percent high-quality protein and provides the body with all of the essential amino acids in quantities and at a ratio similar to that of meats, milk and eggs.
4. Rich in essential fatty acids
Hemp seed oil’s high content of essential fatty acids is what makes it so exceptional. Our bodies don’t produce essential fatty acids so we need to ensure we are consuming good sources of it daily. Essential fatty acids don’t only provide our hair and skin with nutrients but they’re vital for the function and development of the brain and nervous system, as well as important to restoring health and immune function.
5. A great alternative to fish oil
Fish oil is rich in the essential fatty acid Omega 3 however some sources of fish oils can be contaminated with mercury and other toxins. Hemp seed oil, contains Omega 3, 6, and 9, and will provide the same benefits as fish oil without the danger of consuming toxins.
There are a lot ways to use hemp seed oil and just a few teaspoons a day could make significant differences in your health. With a pleasant nutty flavor, hemp seed oil is great to use in salad dressings, pestos and dips. It’s not suitable for frying however, as this reduces the benefits.