8 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp has been used since centuries as a ready source of clothing, paper, ropes, medicines, plastics and even petrol. Hemp fell out of favor because, like marijuana, it originates from the same plant, Cannabis sativa. However, unlike marijuana, Cannabis varieties of hemp contain far lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It’s legal in many countries but banned in USA, where some people using hemp products, though not smoking pot, tested positive in drug tests and ended up losing their jobs. At the same time, hemp seeds are processed to make various cosmetic and food products in Canada, UK, USA and Germany. The hulled hemp seeds contain protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, essential vitamins, calcium, sodium, iron, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, moisture, and essential fatty acids– Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9.
1. Helping the immune system
Hemp seed oil contains fatty acids that are essential in building up the body’s immunity and restoring health. The antioxidants in this product have been found to be useful in preventing cancer and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties also make it more beneficial for usage.
2. Healthy heart
The Omega fatty acids found in hemp are a great boon as these prevent heart disease and high cholesterol as well as hypertension.
3. Helping the nervous system
Its essential fatty acids are the key factor for the development of a healthy nervous system and the brain, and also aid in healthy cell membrane production.
4. Balm to the skin
The presence of Omega-3 and Omega-6 in hemp seed oil helps in healing skin conditions such as acne, ezcema and psoriasis. Its application also makes the skin softer.
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