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  Nutritional Hemp  



Next time you are looking for a beneficial oil for either internal or topical use, consider Hemp Seed Oil. Medicinal uses for the Hemp plant extends as far back as the Ming Dynasty. It's Chinese name is Ma Zi (Hemp plant) and is often used in China for degenerative conditions and inflammatory disorders of the intestine.

The Hemp seed has both a high content of easily digestible, complete protein and a rich endowment of oil providing the most favourable ratio of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) required for proper human nutrition. In addition, the Hemp seed provides a significant contribution of Gamma-Linolenic acid which has potential therapeutic efficacy.

Richer in EFAs than Flax, Evening Primrose or any other Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil is being called "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil." It is truly a nutritional wonder. Hemp Seed Oil is said to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the vegetable kingdom. Hemp Seed Oil is 81% poly-unsaturated. These are the EFAs that are needed by, but not produced by the human body. We must get EFAs from external sources, the majority of which are of plant origin. Hemp Seed Oil is the ideal source.

Why is Hemp Seed Oil the Ideal Source of EFAs?

The proportions of EFAs in Hemp matches the ratios that were previously determined by nutritionists to be most beneficial to human nutrition. Hemp Seed Oil contains Omega-6 and Omega-3 EFAs in an ideal long term ratio of 3:1. It also provides the derivative Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Its content of GLA makes it unique among edible Seed Oils. No other common seed contains GLA. Hemp Seed Oil's unusually well balanced profile means that one could use it for a lifetime without ever suffering an EFA deficiency.


 What's so Great about EFAs?

You need EFAs in your diet more than any other vitamin. Many researchers are linking EFA deficiencies with a variety of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, skin afflictions, multiple sclerosis, PMS, behavioral problems, poor wound healing, arthritis, glandular atrophy, weakened immune functions, and sterility (especially males). Lack of oxygen is a key factor in degenerative diseases and EFAs help bring oxygen into our system. EFAs serve what seems to be an unending list of vital functions in the body. Here's a sample of some of them:

  • Our body uses EFAs to construct membranes, create electrical potentials, and move electric currents.

  • Their tendency to disperse gives biological systems the power to carry substances such as toxins to the surface of the skin, intestinal tract, kidneys, or lungs, where these substances can be discarded.

  • The chemical reactions on which life depends require a one-way movement of energy through molecules. EFAs play an important role in this function.

  • EFAs are precursors of prostaglandin's, hormone-like substances that regulate many functions of cells in all tissues.

  • EFAs are found around the hereditary material in our chromosomes, where they may play a part in maintaining chromosome  stability, and may have functions in starting and stopping gene expression.

  • EFAs facilitate the recovery of fatigued muscles after exercise.

  • EFAs help our immune system resist and fight infections, and prevent allergies from developing.

  • EFAs are necessary for the development of brain and nerve cells and for healthy liver function.

Overall, EFAs are involved with producing life energy throughout our systems. They govern growth, vitality, and mental state. They hook up oxygen, electron transport and energy in the process of oxidation. Oxidation, the central and most important moment-to-moment living process in our body, is the "burning" of food to produce the energy required for life processes. EFAs govern the life processes in our bodies. Life without them is impossible. When our foods are EFA-poor, we can expect a diversity of health problems


LA, LNA and the highly unsaturated fatty acids the body makes from them, are necessary in the most active energy and electron exchanging and oxygen requiring tissues; especially the brain, retina, inner ear, adrenal and testicular tissues. They carry the high energy required by the most active tissues, and ensure very high oxygen availability to them. Life force travels through the body via the essential fatty acids and their derivatives.



Hemp seeds contain all the essential Amino Acids and Essential Fatty Acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source provides complete vegetarian protein in such an easily digestible form, nor has the oils essential to life in as perfect a ratio for human health and vitality.

Hemp Seed is the highest of any plant in Essential Fatty Acids. Hemp Seed Oil is among the lowest in saturated fats at 8% of total oil volume. The oil pressed from Hemp Seed contains 53% Linoleic Acid (LA) (Omega 6), 25% Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) (Omega 3) and 4% Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Only Flax oil has more Linolenic Acid at 58%, but Hemp Seed Oil is the highest in total Essential Fatty Acids at 80% of total oil volume.

"These Essential Fatty Acids are responsible for our immune response. In the old country the peasants ate Hemp butter. They were more resistant to disease then nobility. The higher classes wouldn't eat Hemp because the poor ate it."

- R Hamilton, ED.D., Phd. Medical Researcher- Biochemist UCLA. Emeritus

Omega 3 and Omega 6 are involved in producing life energy from food and the movement of that energy throughout the body. Essential Fatty Acids govern growth, vitality and state of mind. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are involved in transferring oxygen from the air in the lungs to every cell in the body. They play a part in holding oxygen in the cell membrane where it acts as a barrier to invading viruses and bacteria, neither of which can thrive in the presence of oxygen.

The bent shape of Essential Fatty Acids keeps them from dissolving into each other. They are slippery and will not clog arteries like the sticky straight shaped saturated fats and the trans-fatty acids in cooking oils and shortenings that are made by subjecting polyunsaturated oils like Omega 3 and Omega 6 to high temperatures during the refining process.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 possess a slightly negative charge and have a tendency to form thin surface layers. This property is called surface activity and it provides the power to carry substances like toxins to the surface of the skin, intestinal tract, kidneys and lungs where they can be removed.

Their very sensitivity causes them to break down very rapidly into toxic compounds when refined with high heat or improper storage exposes them to light or air.

Nature provides seeds with an outer shell that safely protects the vital oils and vitamins within from spoilage. It's a perfect as well as perfectly edible container. Hemp Seed can be ground into a paste similar to peanut butter only more delicate in flavour. Udo Erasmus, Ph.D. nutritionist says: "Hemp butter puts our peanut butter to shame for nutritional value. The ground seeds can be baked into breads, cakes and casseroles. Hemp Seed makes a hearty addition to granola bars."

Pioneers in the fields at chemistry and human nutrition now believe cardiovascular disease (CYD) and most cancers are really disease of fatty degeneration caused by the continued over-consumption of saturated fats and refined vegetable oils that turn Essential Fatty Acids into carcinogenic killers. One out of four Westerners will die from cancer. Researchers believe cancers erupt when immune system response is weakened.

More Westerners are succumbing to immune deficiency disease than ever before. Promising studies are now under way using the essential oils to support the immune systems of KIV virus patients.

The complete protein in Hemp Seed gives the body all the Essential Amino Acids required to maintain health and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin serum globulins antibodies.

The body's ability to resist and recover from illness depends upon how rapidly it can produce massive amounts of antibodies to fend of initial attack. If the globulin protein starting material is in short supply the army of antibodies may be too small to prevent the symptoms of sickness from setting in. The best way to ensure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins, is to eat foods high in globulin proteins. Hemp Seed protein is 65% globulin edestin plus quantities of albumin (present in all seeds) so its easily digestible protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma.

"Hemp Seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away. "

- (Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study.1955)

“The energy of life is in the whole seed. Hemp Seed foods taste great and will insure we get enough essential amino acids and essential fatty acids to build a strong bodies and immune systems and to maintain health and vitality”.

- Excerpted from Hemp Seed Nutrition by: Lynn Osburn



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