10 Wonderful Health Benefits Of Hemp Seed Oil You Must Know August 4, 2016

Did you consume hemp seed oil before? Do you know it comes with a host of health benefits? Extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp seed oil is a kind of vegetable oil that is quite popular in Eastern cultures. It contains nutrients and is very low in saturated fats, which make it worthy to be included in your diet.

Here, we have compiled a few of the major benefits of hemp seed oil. Go ahead and read!

What Hemp Seed Oil Is Called In A Few Indian Languages

We now know that hemp seed oil has something in it that can benefit you. But wondering what it is called in a few Indian languages? Here you go!

  • In Hindi – San beej ka tel
  • In Telugu – Janapa vittanaala nune
  • In Tamil – Canal vitai enney
  • In Malayalam – Drsyaanubhavannalute vittu enna

How Hemp Seed Oil Benefits You

1. Is Highly Nutritious

Hemp seed oil is a powerhouse of nutrition. It contains amino acids that protect your body from losing muscles and maintains adequate protein levels in your body. Hemp seed oil also contains minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc (1).

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2. Improves Heart Health

If you are worried about your cardiovascular health, do try hemp seed oil. It will improve your heart health and keep you away from heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular function. The nutrient also plays a very important role in all the biological processes of your body and protects you from a large number of degenerative diseases.

In a joint study conducted by Canadian and Cuban researchers, dietary hemp seed was found to have a beneficial influence on the heart (2). According to a report published by the Food and Drug Administration, including hemp seed oil in one’s diet can lower the risk of heart attack. This has been attributed to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil that reduce blood clots and improve cholesterol profiles (3).

Hemp seed oil also contains gamma-tocopherol, a natural constituent that is found to be effective in offering protection against coronary heart disease (4).

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3. Boosts Your Brain

Boosts Your Brain

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Another health benefit of hemp seed oil is its ability to boost the functioning of the brain. Hemp seed oil contains DHL that is crucial for your brain health. Mothers who supplement themselves with this oil during pregnancy will be able to increase their child’s brain and eye functions.

As per a Korean study, hemp seed oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been known to prevent the onset of nervous system ailments like the Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease (5), (6).

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4. Boosts Immunity

Hemp seed oil is excellent for your immune system. It is full of fatty acids that improve the healthy flora in your intestines and ensure that all functions of the immune system are carried out smoothly. This oil is of good use during winter since people usually end up with cold, cough, and flu during this time. It protects your body from infections and harmful viruses as well.

The omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil deserve the credit again. A study conducted in India proved the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids in hemp seed oil in enhancing the immune system (7).

Hemp seeds are known to contain about 25 percent protein, 30 percent carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and linoleic acid that can help strengthen the immune system (8).

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5. Can Be Good For The Skin

Hemp seed oil can help you get beautiful and healthy skin. It will act as a moisturizer and protect your skin from becoming dry during the winters. In other words, it will keep your skin soft, fresh, and hydrated. Simply apply hemp seed oil all over your body after taking a bath. You will feel the difference in a few days.

According to a Finnish study, hemp seed oil can cause significant improvement in skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (9).  Another study conducted in Italy has also supported the benefits of hemp seed oil for the skin. The oil, due to the presence of polyunsaturated fatty acids, treats skin issues like dryness and other ailments related to aging (10).

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6. Can Be Beneficial To Hair

Can Be Beneficial To Hair

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Now you can beautify your hair by using hemp seed oil. You can use this for a hot oil massage thrice a week. Hemp seed oil can also be used for a deep conditioning treatment.

Omega-3 fatty acids, again! According to a Californian study, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce hair loss in women (11). As per the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-6 fatty acids also aid hair growth (12). Hence, hemp seed oil, which contains omega-6 fatty acids as well, could be a good remedy for hair loss.

Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids have also been known to improve the texture of brittle and dry hair (13). Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce chronic inflammation, one of the contributing factors to hair fall (14).

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7. Best For Pregnant Mothers

Hemp seed oil is also a great option for all pregnant mothers. And yes, again, a major part of the credit goes to the omega-3 fatty acids.

According to an American study, adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critical during pregnancy as they are the building blocks of the fetal brain and retina. Omega-3 fatty acids also play a major role in preventing perinatal depression (15). Oils containing omega-3 fatty acids can also help prevent preterm delivery and promote an easier birth and the baby’s optimum lifelong wellness (16).

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8. Can Help Treat Arthritis

Hemp seed oil is rich in GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid), which, according to a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, helps reduce arthritic symptoms. Hemp seed oil also has a proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it the ideal food to treat inflammation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-3 fatty acids could be one of those nutrients that help lower the risk of arthritis (17).

Since the ancient times, hemp seeds have also been recommended for treating arthritic joints and rheumatism (18).

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9. Can Improve Digestive Health

Hemp seeds are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, and hence, help the gastrointestinal system to function optimally. In addition, this healthy roughage feeds the probiotics present in your gut, thereby making your digestive system more robust and healthier.

The protein present in hemp seeds is identical to the one present in our blood, and is given to patients suffering from digestive troubles (as the protein gets easily digested in the human body) (19).

Eicosanoids, the hormone-like agents produced by the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, have been found to regulate the secretion of digestive juices and hormones (20). This can aid the overall digestive process.

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10. Can Aid In The Treatment Of Cancer

The perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the presence of GLA make hemp seed oil one of those ideal foods that can help in dealing with cancer.

As per an Italian study, chemotherapy, along with omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, was found to be an effective strategy for treating cancer (21). Another study conducted in the USA supported the fact that omega-3 fatty acids can offer protection against certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, and even prostate cancers (22).

According to another study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco, regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer in obese women (23).

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These are some wonderful benefits of hemp seed oil. Do give it a try and let us know how it helped you by commenting in the box below.

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