Hemp is one of the oldest agricultural crops with evidence of its cultivation from nearly 10,000 years ago- in what is modern-day Taiwan.
Super Hemp to the Rescue!
Our body craves Omega fatty acids, and we often look to seeds like flax and chia to supplement our intake of theses super vitamins. But did you know that hemp seeds contain more of the linoleic, oleic, and alpha-linolenic essential fatty acids. Hemp also grows much faster than its super vitamin producing counterparts. In some cases hemp is ready to be harvested for its seeds 25% faster than flax and chia. In fact a recent study found that hemp contains 55% linoleic, 16% alphalinolenic, and 11% oleic acid in its seed oil.
Linoleic acid (LA) is rich in the super vitamin Omega-6 and is useful as an anti-inflammatory. Linoleic acid has been linked to weight-loss and a number of cancer treatments. It promotes heart health by reducing blood pressure. As the linoleic acid makes its way into your system it softens blood cells to help you avoid artery hardening that can ultimately lead to hypertension.
Oleic acid is high in Omega-9 fatty acid and is vital in the promotion of brain health. This vitamin that is commonly found in hemp seeds and dairy products is a key component in the brain’s production of myelin. Myelin provides a layer of protection to neurons that are tasked with sending signals throughout your brain. Unlike alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, oleic acid is less susceptible to damage from free-radicals.
Increased levels of oleic acid in the brain are also associated with plasticity, a positive personality trait that is commonly found in extraverts. This scientific insight suggests that oleic acid could potentially aid in the treatment of depression- a condition that is associated with lowered oleic acid levels in some cases.
Alpha-linolenic acid is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and is considered to be an essential acid because it is vital for basic human muscle and tissue growth. Because of its regenerative properties alpha-linolenic acid is commonly found in skin care products. It is also useful when consumed to lessen the effects of rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
There are some lab reports that alpha-linolenic acid is useful in eradicating cancer cells. Hemp contains one of the highest concentrations of this fatty acid and shouldn’t be overlooked in the pursuit of general wellness.
Hemp for Hope
It is no surprise that there are frequently reports of cannabis providing relief to people with medical conditions. Hemp is a super vitamin that is rich in many of the compounds that can be used to treat cancer, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis among other diseases. Fortunately societies are paying attention to the anecdotal evidence that is helping to solidify hemp in history- as one of the super vitamins. If you have a condition that the vitamins in hemp can help, consider supplementing your current efforts with a healthy serving of hemp.
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