Hemp oil was known for its multiple benefits. It can improve your health and cure several diseases. If you are trying to lower or control your cholesterol, hemp oil might be of interest to you and your health and wellness goals.
Hemp seed oil offers a very balanced dietary fat nutritional protocol, according to clinical nutrition specialist Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. In other words, hemp seed oil has as favorable balance of saturated fat to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. While olive oil is dominant in monounsaturated fat, hemp seed oil has polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Dr. Bowden explains that a lot of the omega-6 is in the form of gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. The average American diet is often deficient in GLA. Although hemp seed oil only about 2 percent GLA, hemp is the only edible seed oil that contains GLA.
Hemp seed oil can help you control your cholesterol level. If your cholesterol is high, hemp seed oil may even help you lower it. Many people are familiar with omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil supplements and know that omega-3 can lower your cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure if it high. Omega-3 fatty acids can also decrease platelet stickiness and your risk factor for atherosclerosis or clogged arteries. This is also among many of the reasons that the American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week. Omega-6, lesser known than omega-3, can also lower your cholesterol levels and improve your insulin sensitivity, according to Dr. Bowden.
Favorable Omega Ratio
While most Western diets are deficiency or void of GLA, the average American diet is not deficient in omega-6 fatty acids. Dr. Bowden and the Linus Pauling Institute explain that the surplus of omega-6 fatty acids is a problem. Omega-6 when not balanced by omega-3 fatty acids can create inflammation and cardiovascular stress. A favorable ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is 4:1 or more ideally, 1:1. The average American diet has a ratio of 10:1 or as high as 14:1. Hemp seed oil offers omega-6 and omega-3 a very healthful favorable ratio of 3:1. This can help restore the overall balance of essential fatty acids in your body.
Availability and Quality
Dr. Bowden reports that since hemp seed oil is not yet a commercial favorite, if you find it, you can be sure it is unrefined, cold-pressed, organic and high quality. Olive oil, on the other hand, is a commercial favorite that is mass produced, which calls into question the quality of each product. Commercially solid olive oil varies tremendously in quality. Organic extra virgin oil is of significantly higher quality than refined “extra light” olive oil, which has been pressed numerous times and unfortunately lost most of its nutritional content. This is not to suggest that hemp seed oil is “better” than olive oil. But unlike olive oil, the consistency in the grade of hemp seed oil will not considerably vary from product to product.