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Wednesday October 8th, 2002

HEMP SEED - A CURE FOR THE COMMON COLD?

MotherHemp, the UK's leading supplier of hemp oil and food products, announces LATEST clinical trial results on hempseed oil

Medical researchers at the University of Kuopio, Finland teamed up last winter in a state-sponsored effort to look into the putative health effects of cold-pressed hempseed oil. Researchers, led by Dr. J.C. Callaway, at the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Nutrition at the University, followed a group of patients having atopic dermatitis, also know as eczema; a type of allergy that manifests as dry and itchy skin, which often requires medical treatment.

"We are still processing some of the biochemical data", says Callaway, "but the subjective results from the patients are already in and they have been correlated with the diagnostic reports from the dermatologist. In short, we saw a remarkable reduction in dryness, itching and an overall improvement in the symptoms of these patients while they were using the hempseed oil, and no significant change at all while they were using the olive oil. We also noticed a reduction in the frequency of influenza when these patients were taking the hempseed oil". The patients orally consumed two tablespoons of oil a day for two months in a randomised, double-blind crossover design. The other oil in the study was cold-pressed olive oil, and a two month washout period separated the two oil intervention periods.

Previously, these same researchers investigated the effects of hemp seed oil in a group of healthy volunteers and subsequently found elevated blood levels of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid; a naturally occurring fatty acid). "This is a good thing", explains Dr. J.C. Callaway, "because decreased GLA is thought to be associated with several chronic health problems, such as allergies and other disorders of the immune system".

Over the last 10 years, numerous anecdotal reports have claimed that hempseed oil improves skin integrity, strengthens finger-nails and thickens hair. "In a way, this all makes sense because skin, hair and nails are all formed from the same line of dermal stem cells", informs Callaway.

While hempseed oil is relatively new to the modern Western pallet, it has been used as an inexpensive substitute for butter in most Eastern European cultures in the past, particularly in Russia. Hempseed oil is over 90% in unsaturates and, for this reason, should not be used for frying. "Hempseed oil is an exceptional source of EFAs; the essential fatty acids that we must obtain from our daily diet because, like vitamins, we can't produce them on our own. Judging from the fatty acid profile of hempseed oil, the numerous anecdotal reports over the years and now the results of our initial clinical investigations, I'd have to conclude that this is probably the healthiest oil on the market", says Callaway, who adds, "Clearly, this is an important and useful discovery that will need to be investigated further".

Note To Editors
MotherHemp was formed in February 1998 and was originally based in East Sussex. As from November 2003 Motherhemp has since relocated to Springdale Farm, Rudston, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4DJ. The company manufactures and distributes a wide range of hemp food and hemp oil products to wholesalers and multiple retailers as well as supplying bulk hemp-seed oil to food and nutraceutical manufacturers.

Recently awarded ‘Best New Organic Product’ and named as ‘Best Buy’ in Ethical Consumer Magazine for its Organic Hemp Ice (non-dairy ice cream) - MotherHemp offers a range of exciting, nutritious, convenience products, which are not only good for human health but good for the environment too. MotherHemp products are produced under the UK Soil Association organic farming standards which prohibit the use of GM materials. Organic farming is not just about producing safe and healthy food, but is fundamental to a better and cleaner environment.

MotherHemp products are available in all good health food stores nationwide and also from:

Sainsbury’s ‘well being’ sections and selected Waitrose stores.
Organic Red Pesto (Vegan), Organic Green Hemp Pesto, Organic Hemp & Spelt Pasta (Tagliatelli and Fusilli), Organic MotherHemp Bar, Organic and Natural Hempseed Oil.

Mail order
Goldshield - http://www.goldshield.co.uk
Tel: 0870 8877 000
Natural Hempseed Oil, Hemp oil Capsules.

Simply Organic Food Company - http://www.simplyorganic.net
Tel: 0845 1000 444
Organic Hempseed Oil, MotherHemp Organic Red (Vegan) , MotherHemp Green Hemp Pesto, Organic Hemp & Spelt Pasta (Tagliatelli and Fusilli), MotherHemp shelled seeds.

Savant - http://www.savant-health.com/
Tel: 08450 60 60 70
Organic Hempseed Oil

Further Information?
For photographs, samples and further information please contact:
Sarah Yearsley, PR & Marketing Manager, MotherHemp Ltd
Tel: 01323 811 909 or direct line 01323 815063

Press Releases:

Tuesday September 17th, 2002
MotherHemp rides high on organic ‘superfood’ hemp bar!

Monday 10th September 2001
It's official! Hempseed oil produces dramatic increase in blood level gla

Friday 23th Febuary 2001
MotherHemp announces world's first clinical trials on hemp seed oil as a functional food at Bio Fach 2001

Friday 28th July 2000
MotherHemp launch organic 'Hemp Ice' at The Organic Food & Wine Festival 2000

Friday 26th May 2000
The MotherHemp Collection Launch Hemp Eco-fashion clothing

Thursday 9th March 2000
Hemp Oil each day keeps the doctor away

Friday 17th February 2000
MotherHemp launches organic hemp foods at Bio Fach 2000

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