Recently sourced some integral R&D is surfacing through the Omega Fatty Acid markets. If you’re looking for growth in the nutrition market, look no further than omega fatty acids. A lot of driving growth, not the least of which are growing research and consumer usage for Omega fatty acids.
Plant Based Oil: Hemp With Its Increasing Interest, Why?
Hempseed oil has a very interesting polyunsaturated fatty acid composition, Fernández-Arche told Reuters Health in an e-mail, because it has an optimal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of about 3 to 1. Her main area of research is natural products and the bioactive compounds they contain.
The researchers examined the fatty acid profile of hempseed oil and found that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) made up about 75% of the oil. PUFAs include omega-6 and omega-3, the fatty acids found in some meats as well as flax and fish oils.
Potential to prevent heart disease
The high amounts of one omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid, “may have favourable nutritional implications and beneficial physiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer,” the authors write.
Saturated fats and monounsaturated fatty acids each amounted to about 12% of the oil.
With an ideal ratio of omega-6 and -3 fatty acids and some plant chemicals thought to lower high blood pressure hempseed oil has potential as part of a heart-healthy diet, according to Spanish researchers.
A high ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fats has been linked to reductions in cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis, so the proportions seen in hemp oil have the potential to help prevent heart disease, the researchers write.
“This is an interesting study that gives new information on the bioactive compounds found in hempseed that may potentially lower blood cholesterol levels and have an anti-atherogenic action,” Grant Pierce told Reuters Health in an e-mail.
They also detected plant chemicals, such as beta-sitosterol and campesterol, which have been linked to lower heart attack risk, and reduced LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). Sterols may also lower inflammation and slow the progression of atherosclerosis, the team notes.
This study doesn’t prove that hempseed oil has any clinical benefits yet – that will take additional research with human subjects, they point out.
Fernández-Arche said, however, that her team is studying “the effect of the intake of this oil and this effect on the stress induced in animals, and the preliminary results are very promising.” Pierce, who has studied the health effects of both flax and hemp seeds, says of hemp, “It has several potentially important bioactive compounds that could have beneficial cardiovascular effects. It is a very heart-healthy seed and oil.
“He noted that hempseed oil contains less oleic acid than other heart-healthy oils, such as olive or canola oil, but added that studies on animals indicate hempseed might reduce the clotting of blood platelets that lead to heart attacks.
Rich, nutty and delicate in flavour, this oil contains the only naturally-occurring and perfectly balanced nutritional balance of Essential Fatty Acids, Omega 6 and Omega 3. Hempseed oil is just now coming on the market and supersedes all existing oils that have been used to obtain EFAs in the past (i.e. flax seed oil, evening primrose oil and borage oil) – what’s more, it’s the first delicious edible oil to accomplish this.
The human body uses fatty acids from food for building tissues and for specialised functions such as the production of prostaglandins, localised tissue hormones. One major group of fatty acids is called essential fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated, and include two major groups, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are called “essential” because the body cannot make them and thus, must obtain them from food sources.
Hemp seed oil is the only edible seed oil to contain over 80% polyunsaturated EFA’s and boasts not only the optimum ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6, but also GLA and SDA.
What is the ‘optimum Omega ratio’ all about?
Research data suggests that the optimum ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 for the ultimate human health ranges from 3:1 to 5:1. The World Health Organisation (Sweden/Japan) recognises this optimum ratio to be 3:1. Studies in western populations today show that a typical diet has a ratio range of 10:1 to 20:1. It is likely that excess refined foods, dairy and a lack of whole foods have contributed to this lack of balance, and in turn, our failing health. Through adjusting our diet to allow more natural intake of these EFA’s, we can improve our cellular health and maximise long-term vitality.
What about GLA and SDA Essential Fatty Acids?
Incorporating GLA and SDA into our diets helps our bodies assimilate fatty acids (i.e. the omegas). The edibility of hemp seed oil is particularly beneficial as an alternative to other GLA rich sources (i.e. sunflower or evening primrose oil). Adding GLA to the diet seems to lower risks of heart attacks because omega-3 fatty acids reduce the clotting tendency of the blood and improve cholesterol profiles. They also have a natural anti-inflammatory effect, making GLA and SDA useful for people with arthritis and autoimmune disorders.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
Essential fatty acids perform a major role in the human body, and we must obtain them from food sources to derive the health benefits as listed below:
Hemp is the only edible seed containing GLA and magnesium-rich chlorophyll, both which are beneficial in helping with PMS conditions including breast tenderness, bloating, cramping and other discomforts.
Omega-3 oils have been shown in hundreds of studies to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels – they are also effective in decreasing blood pressure, platelet stickiness and fibrinogen levels. Numerous studies have shown that the substitution of polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats can reduce the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and high blood cholesterol levels. Research has found that for every 1% increase in omega-3, there was a 5mm Hg decrease in systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure. These EFA’s, especially GLA, have also been found beneficial in both treating and offering protection against various cancers.
Inflammation + Allergies
Omega-3 helps produce PG3 (prostaglandin 3 series), the anti-inflammatory chemicals that work as local hormones in the human body. Numerous studies show that EFAs have positive results in the treatment of many chronic diseases including eczema, itchy skin, acne, psoriasis, lupus and ulcerative colitis.
Key fatty acids found in hemp seed oil provide long-term support and maintenance of arthritic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Metabolism + Nerve Function
The omega-3 fatty acids help nerve cells communicate with each other, which is an essential step in maintaining good mental health. EFAs have been shown to work with oxygen and enhance electron transport, key activities in energy output within the cell as well as enhance nerve cell insulation.
Hemp seed oil provides EFAs necessary for maintaining health and flexible skin cell membranes as well as exerting anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
EFAs enhance immune function, speed up the rate of immune reactions, help to re-establish population control over intestinal bacteria and improve cellular energy for removing waste materials.
Omega-3 fatty acids help support the cardiovascular system during exercise and also reduce the negative effect of intense exercise on the immune system.
All these benefits leading topics of todays lifestyle & health challenges makes this plant based oilseed well worth its topic of new information that is paramount to our answers in use of Omega fatty Acids. And, that the omega fatty acids industry is a great business to be in, as this industry is consistently growing.
Partial blog, quotes referenced: http://www.health24.com/Natural/News/Hempseed-oil-has-potential-heart-health-benefits-20140212
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