Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark green in color
Hemp seeds are rich in omega 6, omega 3, proteins and insoluble fiber
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Hemp oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark green in color with a nutty and grassy flavour. Hemp seeds are naturally rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, omega 3, proteins and insoluble fiber. They are also a good source of Vitamin E and antioxidants and are packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. High in essential fatty acids such as Omega 6 and Omega 3, hemp oil can be used to boost your immunity,improve heart health and fight aging. Here are eight amazing benefits of using hemp oil:
1. Maintains Hormonal Balance
Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid which is converted into the protective hormone prostaglandin which in turn helps in regulating the hormonal balance in our body and supports menopausal health in women.
2. Regenerates Your Skin
Since hemp oil contains a high amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition which is similar to lipids which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry or dehydrated skin and nails. It also helps in increasing skin elasticity and in increasing the water retention capacity of tissues. Pure hemp oil can be used to rectify dry hair and is often included in hair conditioners.
3. Hemp Oil is Great For Vegetarians
Striking the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be tricky for vegetarians and vegans. Hemp oil provides the optimal ratio of these nutrients.
4. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Since hemp is the only vegetable oil that comprises of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it can help in lowering bad cholesterol levels by speeding up the metabolic processes. Faster metabolism helps burn fat at a quicker rate and prevent any deposition in the artery walls.
Due to its low carbohydrate and sugar content, hemp oil can be great for diabetic patients. The nutrients present in it can help in moderating blood sugar levels.
6. Boosts Your Immunity
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids also improves immunity which further helps in building a natural barrier against microbes and increasing the resilience of your body.
7. For Acne
Incorporating hemp oil in your diet may help in clearing acne. It aids the body in reducing inflammation of the skin cells. This reduces redness which comes pimples and may also prevent future breakouts.
Yet another benefit of essential fatty acids is that it can improve your mood. Scientific studies have shown that Omega 3 can improve the symptoms in case of bipolar disorder and even autism. This could be because essential fatty acids play an important role in maintaining the functions of the brain.
For beauty purposes, you can massage some hemp oil directly on your face and skin and then cover it with a warm, damp cloth to help your skin absorb the oil. This will leave your skin feeling clean, clear and refreshed. You can also drizzle some hemp oil over your salads or even add a teaspoon of the oil in your breakfast shake to reap its benefits.
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