Hemp Oil – Supplement Profile
Hemp oil (not the stuff that was rolled up and smoked but the oil from the seed) contains essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Essential fatty acids, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic and omega 6 (linoleic) cannot be made by the body and are necessary for life (no EFA’s..no life–capish). They must be taken in through foods or supplementation.
Benefits Of Hemp
Some of the positive benefits of EFA’s include: decreased catabolism and increased growth hormone secretion , improving the action of insulin, enhancing oxygen utilization and energy transformation required for optimal performance, decreasing total serum cholesterol and increase HDL , improving testosterone production, supporting liver function and enhanced immune function, and improving the condition of hair and nails as well as increase nitrogen retention. WOW! A lot of these effects are exactly what athletes are looking for through the use of a variety of products but hemp oil delivers these benefits in one power packed dietary supplement. I’m getting excited just writing about it!
Hemp oil is nature’s most perfectly balanced EFA oil. It contains both EFA’s in the right proportions for long term use and also contains GLA (gamma linolenic acid). It is the only vegetable oil with this combination.
Hemp oil is completely legal and high quality hemp oil should contain no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is responsible for causing a positive reading on a drug test. (be warned that by taking lower quality hemp oil, it is possible to cause a false positive reading on a drug test).
Flax seed oil is useful in treating degenerative type diseases but is way too rich in omega 3 (alpha linolenic) fatty acids (about 4 times as much omega 3 as omega 6) to be used exclusively for a long period of time. Hemp seed oil can be used for a long period of time without causing an EFA imbalance or deficiency. This is because it contains a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids for better balance in the long run.
It also contains almost 2% GLA (this omega 6 derivative is a key ingredient in evening primrose oil and borage oil and has been shown to have positive effects on the liver as well as blocking DHT production–DHT = baldness and prostate problems–not a pretty picture).
Hemp oil tastes better than flax seed oil and is green in color due to its content of magnesium containing chlorophyll. It is also available in capsules. Remember, it is imperative to keep essential oils away from light, heat, and oxygen as much as possible. Keep hemp oil refrigerated.
Overall, hemp oil holds great promise for athletes and fitness buffs trying to maximize their performance by benefiting from all of the effects of EFA’s.