Why Choose Hemp Food Products for Health?
- Hemp Seed Oil is a rich source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Omega 6 Linoleic Acid, Omega 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) that are important for optimum health in the body. EFAs cannot be produced by the body itself and are vital for the structure and functions of tissues in the body.
- Essential Fatty Acids can also be obtained from eating Hemp seeds, which are also a rich source (approx. 25%) of high quality protein, containing all 9 essential Amino Acids.
- Omega 3, 6, and 9 in Hemp Seed Oil are present in a bio-chemically optimal ratio of 3:1:1 respectively.
- Hemp Seed Oil also contains GLA, the active component in Evening Primrose & Borage Oil.
How much Hemp Seed Oil do I need to take to gain health benefits?
Suggested dosages as follows:
- Adults: 1 to 2 tablespoons a day preferably with food (approximately 1 Tablespoon per 45 Kg of body weight).
- Babies under 14 months: 1 – 2 teaspoons a day with food
- Small children over 14 months should take 2 – 4 teaspoons a day.
Can Hemp products help with my allergies?
Hemp foods have been used for centuries. As Hemp is lactose and gluten-free Hemptons’ products will be of particular interest to anyone on a lactose-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-sugar, low fat, and wheat-free diets. Hemptons advises that anyone suffering from allergies or disease of any kind would benefit from consulting a registered dietician, qualified nutritionist, a General Medical Practitioner or a registered naturopath and or homeopath for advice before embarking on any self medication.
What are the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil over Flax Oil?
The (3:1) ratio of the Essential Fatty Acids, three parts Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) to one part Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3) in Hemp Seed Oil is favourable for the human diet because it matches the nutritional requirements of our bodies. Too much of one will cause a deficiency of the other. Flax oil, despite its higher Omega 3 content, has a less favourable ratio (1:5). Long-term exclusive use of flax oil can lead to a deficiency of Omega 6. Unlike Hemp Seed Oil, flax oil does not contain Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), a derivative of Omega 6 and an important triple-unsaturated fatty acid vital for human metabolism. Hemp Seed Oil may be successful in the treatment of eczema, pre-menstrual tension and arthritis.
What does it look and taste like?
Hemp Seed Oil is a dark emerald green colour and has a characteristic nutty taste and smell.
What about nut allergies?
Hemp seed is a fruit and not a nut. The Anaphylaxis society has no reported cases of Hemp seed or Hemp Seed Oil causing reactions to people with nut allergies. However, Hemptons advises people with nut allergies who want to try Hemp Seed Oil, to try small amounts initially, testing reaction.
Can Hemp cause allergies?
- As with some foods, some people have developed allergies to Hemp Seed Oil. Others find it to cause their hair, skin and nails to become too oily. After all, Hemp Seed Oil is an oil.
- The key to using Hemp Seed Oil either internally or externally is to take your time and evaluate the results that you experience over time. Some bodies can’t handle the richness of this oil.
Is Hemp seed safe to take for babies?
Yes. Hemp seed and Hemp Seed Oil is safe for babies. Dosages will be smaller for children and babies than for adults. (see dosage information below). You cannot overdose on Hemp .
Can Hemptons food products make you high?
No. Hemp seeds will not make you high. Typically Hemp seeds contain less than 0.03% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive substance found in the Hemp plant’s distant relative – “marijuana”. Hemptons Oils and Capsules contain 0% THC due to a recently improved seed cleaning process (SGS International tested).
How should Hemp Seed Oil be stored?
- Essential Fatty Acids are damaged by exposure to light, heat and air, which is why Hemptons’ products are rigorously produced by cold-pressing in a oxygen-free environment and nitrogen capped. We recommend that Hemp Seed Oil should be stored in the fridge once opened. It can also be frozen for longer periods of storage.
- An unopened container can be stored indefinitely in the deep freezer and 6 to 9 months in the refrigerator.
- An opened container will last for ten- to twelve weeks in the refrigerator but should optimally be used within one- to two weeks.
- An unopened container can last four to six weeks if stored below temperatures of 20° Celsius and away from direct sunlight, but again, should optimally be used within one- to two weeks.
Should Hemp Seed Oil be used for frying?
No! Hemp Seed Oil should never be used for frying. It can be heated at low temperatures of not more than 20˚C for no more than 10 minutes. Gentle stir frying is preferable. At high temperatures unhealthy by-products acids are formed known as trans-fatty acids.
How do I use Hemp Seed Oil and seed in cooking?
It is a delicious alternative to olive oil. Hemp Seed Oil can be used in salad dressings, poured on pasta, baked potatoes and vegetables.
Important Numerical Values for Hemp Seed Oil:
Hemp Seed Oil’s fatty acid profile:
|Omega-6 (Alpha Linoleic)||57%|
Other points of interest:
|Freeze Point:||-8° C|
|Specific Gravity:||0.9295@200 C|
|Smoke Point:||165° C|