Hemp is one of the most versatile crops in the world. It provides strong and temperature effective fibers, flame-resistant building materials, medicine and even food. Additionally, hemp can be a milk substitute, flour, popcorn and has what is considered to be the optimum balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Essential Fatty Acids
EFAs are essential to brain health, mood, inflammation function, heart health and cell production. Currently, there is no synthetic form of EFAs including the most important: Omega 3 and Omega 6. These are important because your body takes Omega 3 and 6 and converts them into essential chemicals necessary for a range of functions.
They are turned into eicosanoids, lipoxins, and even endocannabinoids. If that last one sounds familiar you’ve been studying! Endocannabinoids are essential to mood and reducing inflammation. Endocannabinoids are also one of the many benefits you get from smoking cannabis. You can also get endocannabinoids from eating a range of fruits and vegetables. They are completely natural and necessary for healthy bodies.
EFAs must be obtained from what you eat, but they usually come from fish. Unfortunately they cannot be synthesized. Omega 3 and 6 supplements are often made with farmed fish oil. However, hemp can supply an even better balance of these essential lipids. It is also the only plant that has the perfect ratio of the two. Another added benefit is that hemp oil is a perfect protein. This means that it contains the right balance of the nine essential amino acids necessary for humans. Great news for the vegans and vegetarians out there!
Taking a hemp oil omega 3 and 6 supplement is not only fish-free and perfectly balanced, there are other positives as well. Here’s a list of some of the benefits to taking hemp oil:
Reduce risk of heart disease
Balance hormones in women
Provide pain relief, especially for those suffering from arthritis
Prevent certain types of cancer
Hemp oil is a truly versatile and useful supplement and can be obtained in Canada and the US in most places that sell supplements. Even amazon.com has hemp oil available. Personally, I take it in the place of fish oil and find it to be more effective for me. Don’t be shy, give it a try! You might just be doing yourself a huge favor.