Why is hemp seed oil so good for you? Read on to discover why you should add this nutritious oil to health and beauty routine.
In the past, the hemp plant or marijuana, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, due to this drug’s negative effects on health. However, the opposite is true of the seeds of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa): this belongs to the same species as cannabis, but is a different variety and does not contain the psychoactive element tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is found in marijuana. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious and packed with healthy omega-3 and -6 fatty acids as well as providing an excellent source of protein (almost twice as much as is found in chia seeds), plus vitamins A, C, E and the B-group. The fatty acids in hemp seed oil are present as alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid (both omega-6). Not only is hemp seed oil the most potent plant source of these particular fatty acids, but they are present in an ideal ratio of 3:1 (omega-6 to omega-3), which optimises bioavailability and uptake of hemp seed oil’s nutrients by the body.
Powerful benefits Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you should consider adding hemp seed oil to your health and beauty routine. Antioxidant boost Hemp seed oil is a rich source of antioxidant nutrients which support and improve health and beauty in many ways: vitamin A (for healthy eyes and skin), vitamin C (to improve immune function and speed wound healing), and vitamin E (supports heart health and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals). Hemp seed oil also provides the B-group vitamins (to improve energy levels and brain function ) and amino acids, the building blocks of protein (needed for metabolism, energy production and cellular rejuvenation).
Heart health The gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seed oil has an anti- inflammatory effect in the body, which helps to reduce the risk of blood clots and various forms of heart disease.
Women’s health Studies suggest that the gamma-linolenic acid found in hemp seed oil has a direct modulating effect on prolactin, the hormone which is associated with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as mood swings, painful breasts and bloating. This effect may also benefit women experiencing unpleasant hormone- related symptoms of menopause, such as depression, hot flushes and night sweats.
Skin problems Hemp seed oil can help to reverse and prevent unsightly and painful skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, as well as helping to heal and regenerate itchy or dry skin,
thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of its fatty acid content. Using pure hemp seed oil may also reduce the need to take potentially harmful anti-inflammatory drugs, such as cortisone, which are often prescribed to treat these conditions. Hemp seed oil’s lipid profile closely matches that of our own skin, which means that when it is applied topically it easily penetrates to the deeper layers of the dermis so that the nutrients are taken up by skin cells, resulting in a smoother, plumper, glowing complexion and more even skin tone. Bonus: it also results in softer, silkier, stronger hair.
Go Vita loves… Hemp Worx Beauty Oil, a 100% pure hemp seed oil harvested from pristine Tasmanian farms that it contains no parabens, SLS or synthetic fragrances. With regular use, it will protect, nourish and hydrate your skin and hair.