The principal product made from hemp seed today is undoubtedly the oil.
Further to its superb properties for cleansing and moisturizing the skin, hemp oil is also a nutritionist's dream. Hemp oil is unique in its make up and rivals oils such as flax seed oil as a dietary supplement. It contains many of the Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that the body requires for healthy day-to-day operation. These EFAs are present in the right ratio for optimum absorbance into the body.
It is also a good source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), the main valued content of Evening Primrose Oil, which is believed to help pre-menstrual tension (PMT).
Hemp oil should be taken daily either in liquid or capsule form, it is a delicious nutty oil and is great in salad dressings or mayonnaise. Due to its precious fragile EFAs it should not be used for frying or cooking, however it can be poured over pasta to give extra flavour.
Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds by means of a press. The press consists of a slowly rotating worm-shaft that squeezes out the majority of the oil and separates off the remaining seed matter known as the seed cake. The whole process is done in an oxygen-free environment in order to reduce oxidation.
"It's really exciting to see the wheel coming full circle. For thousands of years hemp has been a source of health giving benefits and now thanks to the most modern scientific research we see yet again that the old wives knew best. Hemp oil will make a major contribution particularly in the relief of distressing skin conditions such as eczema"
Why Choose Hemp Food Products for Health?
- Hemp oil is a rich source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) - Omega 6 linoleic , Omega 3 alpha linolenic 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 GLA in hemp oil are present in a biochemically optimal ratio of 2.5:1 respectively. It is the presence of these fatty acids in this particular ratio that helps improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
- Hemp oil may also benefit other inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Hemp oil also contains GLA, the active component in Evening Primrose Oil, which may be successful in the treatment of eczema, PMT, menopause and arthritis.
- Regular adult users report that their skin becomes softer, nails and hair stronger and thicker after only a few weeks of 1-2 tablespoons per day.
How much hemp oil do I need to take to gain health benefits?
Suggested dosages as follows:
- Adults: 1 to 2 tablespoons a day preferably with food.
- Babies under 14 months: 1 - 2 teaspoons a day with food
- Small children over 14 months should take 2 - 4 teaspoons a day.
- The skin will become soft, smooth and velvety when optimum benefit is reached.
- Should hemp seed oil be used for frying? No. Hemp seed oil should not be used for frying. It can be heated at low temperatures of not more than 150C for no more than 15 mins. Gentle stir frying is preferable. At high temperatures unhealthy by-products acids are formed known as trans-fatty acids.
- Can hemp products help with my allergies? Hemp foods have been used for centuries to benefit medical conditions ranging from skin disorders to cardiovascular disease. As hemp is lactose and gluten-free MotherHemp products will be of particular interest to anyone on a lactose-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-sugar, low fat, and wheat-free diets. MotherHemp advises that anyone suffering from allergies or disease of any kind would benefit from consulting a state registered dietician, qualified nutritionist with Bsc. degree or a registered naturopath.
- 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 favorable 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 favorable ratio (1:5). Long-term exclusive use of flax oil can lead to a deficiency of Omega 6, producing symptoms like dry skin, papery skin and joint pain.Unlike hemp 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 Oil may be successful in the treatment of eczema, pre-menstrual tension and arthritis.
- What does it taste like? Hemp oil looks similar to a dark olive oil and has a pleasant mild nutty taste
- 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. It is important to note that traces of peanut and other nuts may occur in the manufacturing process and therefore anyone with a peanut or nut allergy should take care to read the product labels for suitability.
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 MotherHemp 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". MotherHemp Organic Oil and capsules contain 0% THC due to a recently improved seed cleaning process.
- How do you store hemp seed oil? EFAs can be damaged by exposure to light, heat and air, which is why MotherHemp products are rigorously produced by cold pressing in a nitrogen flushed and oxygen-free environment. Hemp oil should be stored in the fridge once opened. It can also be frozen for longer periods of storage. It comes in a dark bottle because it keeps better if not exposed to light. Once opened, it is best consumed within 1-3 months. It will keep fresh for over a year if frozen. (Please see full storage conditions on back of bottle)
How do I use hemp seed oil and seed in cooking? To maintain good health Hemp can also be eaten as a food product and used in cooking as an addition to a nutritional supplement. It is a delicious alternative wherever olive oil is used. It can be used for salad dressings, poured on pasta, baked potatoes and vegetables.
Where to Buy MotherHemp Food and Oil Products?
||The Nutri Centre Tel:
||0207 436 5122 - www.nutricentre.com
||Simply Organic Tel:
||0845 100 0444 - www.simplyorganic.net
||The Hemp Shop Tel:
||0704 131 3233 - www.thehemp-shop.com
For all wholesale / distributor enquiries: Email Motherhemp