Hempseed oil is oil with nutty flavour, which is made from the raw seeds of the hemp plant. All plants in the Cannabis genus can make the oil, but commonly, only industrial hemp is used to create the hemp oil.
Seeds tend to create the best quality hemp oil although all parts of the plant can be used for this. Unrefined, cold-pressed oil has a green tint and a rich nutty flavour. This ceases after refining the oil with it becoming colourless and flavourless. Hemp oil has several uses. It is commonly consumed as raw hemp oil capsules.
Why Is It Healthy?
Hemp seeds are rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, insoluble fibre and proteins. They are a great source for Vitamin E anti-oxidants. They abound with minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorous and micro-elements like chromium, arsenic, thorium and strontium.
* Good for skin:
Because hemp oil is natural, it is used as moisturizing oil, which can be applied after a bath. When you massage the body with this oil, it nourishes the skin and enhances blood circulation.
Because of its high content of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, hemp oil has a similar composition to skin lipids, which renders it an excellent moisturizer and natural emollient. It is particularly useful for dehydrated, weak or dry nails and skin. It enhances the capacity of water retention in tissues and skin elasticity. Pure hemp oil can treat dry hair and is often an ingredient in shampoos and conditioners.
* Helps in Hormonal Balance
It is a fact that hemp is the only edible seed which contains gamma-linolenic acid. This acid converts to protective hormone Prostaglandin which regulates hormonal balance as well as menopausal health.
* Ideal for Vegetarians
Vegans and vegetarians find it tricky to get the right amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. No fear, hemp oil has the right proportions of these fatty acids.
* Reduces Cholesterol
Hemp oil is the only vegetable oil which has the right ratio of fatty acids of Omega 3 and Omega-6 (3:1), and thus it helps in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. This it does by accelerating metabolism. When metabolism is speeded up, fats burn faster and do not accumulate on artery walls.
* Controls Diabetes
Because of its low sugar and carbohydrate content, hemp oil can be a great food additive for diabetics. Its nutrient content can help in moderation of levels of blood sugar.
* Boosts Immunity
Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids also help in enhancing immunity and regulating intestinal flora, which builds a natural barrier against microbes. Thus it increases the resilience of the body.
* Protection from Psoriasis
The cause of Psoriasis is the deficiency of fatty acids called as Omega-6. Hemp oil can help enhance skin hydration and oxygenation.
* Protects the Nervous System
For the health of the structure of cell membranes, essential fatty acids are necessary. They also prevent demyelization which is the destruction of the myelin sheath (membrane covering nerve cells).
* Prevents Varicose Veins
Similar to compounds high in Omega-3, hemp oil can help thin the blood, reducing varicose veins and blood clots.
These are some of the health benefits of hemp oil.