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Since the late 1970’s, dozens of studies have shown the power of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in preventing and treating many illnesses and conditions.

In these studies, Omega 3 was found useful for treating such varied conditions as:

  • Abnormal brain and eye development
  • Abnormal development in infants and children
  • Age
  • Aggression
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arterial inelasticity
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • ADHD
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Birth complications
  • Blood viscosity
  • Breast cancer
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Cardiac stenosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Colon Cancer
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dry skin
  • Dyslexia
  • Eczema
  • Elevated serum triglycerides
  • Emphysema
  • Erythema
  • Excessive thirst
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Fingernail and hair problems
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Growth retardation (fetal/infant/children)
  • Hair discoloration, thinning and loss
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
  • Immune weakness
  • Impotence
  • Increased transpidermal water loss
  • Infection
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Liver and Kidney degeneration
  • Lack of coordination
  • Learning disabilities
  • Low birth weight
  • Lupus erythmatosis
  • Memory loss
  • Menopause complications
  • Menstrual bleeding, abnormal
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myocardial infraction (heart attack)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Platelet stickiness and aggregation
  • Poor circulation and glandular function
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Premature birth
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Prostaglandin and hormone production
  • Prostate cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Reduced sperm motility
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scaly epidermis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sebaceous duct hyperkeratosis
  • Sebaceous gland hypertrophy
  • Slow growth
  • Slow wound healing
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Weakened cutaneous capillaries
  • And the list goes on…

Many studies found that increasing EFA consumption improved and prevented these conditions. Two studies found that the omega-3 product Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) was very powerful in helping reduce depression in patients who previously did not respond to anti-depressants.

Omega-6 acid deficiencies can result in such disorders as:

  • Arthritis
  • Behavior disturbances
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hair loss
  • Infections
  • Kidney and liver degeneration
  • Miscarriage
  • Poor circulation and glandular function
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Reduced sperm motility and impotence in men
  • Slow growth
  • Slow wound healing
  • Skin disorders
  • And many others…

Studies show that many health conditions can been helped by adding hemp seed to the diet:

Addiction: Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Johuanna Budwig suggests that EFA’s have been helpful in treating addictions to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and sex and violence patterns. EFA’s enable a person to manage stress better; nerve and brain functions stabilize, and the electric currents that cross the brains cell membranes increases, inducing a person to feel calmer and more focused.

Arthritis and other Inflammatory Disorders: GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) reduces inflammation in joints and ‘morning stiffness’, while omega-3 has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in conditions such as tennis elbow, bladder infection, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (chronic inflammation of the bowel). It is known that EFA’s can be used to treat acute joint inflammation without non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the typical regime.

Atropic Eczema and Psoriasis: They are characterized by high water loss through the skin. An omega-6 deficiency is associated with this. One explanation is that low enzymatic activity results in a slower conversion of LA (lineoleic acid) to GLA, thus causing a prostaglandin imbalance. Since omega-6 fatty acids are involved in regulating water loss through the outer layers of the skin, clinical trials with GLA supplementation were used. Patients had gradual improvement in atopic eczema symptoms and required fewer anti-itching and antihistamine drugs. An internal dose of about 20ml per day of hempseed oil showed improvements in the skin condition over a 12 week period. The external use of hemp oil has proven to improve overall skin integrity.

Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, and other Mental Disorders (ADHD): EFA’s are critical for the healthy function of the brain cell membranes, as most of the brain’s cell walls are composed of fats. Adequate amounts of EFA’s maintain the brain cells’ fluid and flexible condition. Children require both omega-6 and omega-3 for proper brain maturation. A deficiency in omega-3 in particular, can contribute to learning disabilities. Research using supplementation of omega-3 and omega-6 indicate that they are useful in treatment of ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia. In countries where people eat food rich in omega-3, there is a 90% less chance of clinical depression.

Cancer: Compared to healthy tissue, cancer cells are deficient in delta-6-desaturase, the enzyme needed to convert either EFA to higher GLA or SDA, which have shown to destroy cancerous cells selectively. Other studies also suggest that administering them may slow the progress of such common cancers as breast and prostate. By improving cellular utilization of oxygen, omega-3 reduces tumor formation and slows tumor growth by decreasing the metastasis of cancer cells. Cancer cells and tissue have lower GLA and omega-6 levels than healthy tissue. Blood samples taken from cancer patients were lacking in EFA’s. Saturated fats, refined vegetable oil, and trans-fatty acids are believed to be a major contributing factor in cancer. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, and especially GLA, have proven to be beneficial in treating various human cancers, and studies have shown that phytosterols may offer protection against colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

WARNING: It is unclear at this time what the effects of hemp seed are for persons with certain types of cancer. Some studies have show that elevated levels of protein in the diet can assist in tumor growth. If you have been diagnosed with cancer please consult with your doctor before adding hemp seed or any other forms of protein to your diet.

Cardiovascular Diseases: Through numerous human and animal studies, it is now common knowledge that substituting polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats can reduce the risk of heart attack and fatal cardiac arrhythmia, as well as reducing blood cholesterol levels and decreasing the cellular proliferation associated with atherosclerosis. A high polyunsaturated-to-saturated fat ration, especially when it includes lineoleic acid (LA), has also been positively associated with reduced arterial thrombosis. Most cardiovascular diseases are caused by the formation of arterial plaque, the deposit of hardened material on the interior walls of the arteries. This process may eventually block blood flow and cause arteriosclerosis and strokes. LDL cholesterol, a stick substance present in the blood, has been identified as one of the main contributors to it. Dietary treatment with daily doses of omega-6 and GLA, which correspond roughly to 4 teaspoons of hempseed oil, has resulted in decreases of elevated blood levels of both LDL and total cholesterol. Hemp seed also contains phytosterols (438mg/100g) which have proven to reduce total serum cholesterol by an average of 13%. Omega-3 is useful in maintaining flexible blood vessels, membranes, and cells. People who eat nuts at least one to four times per week have a 22% lower risk of heart attack and heart disease compared to people who eat nuts only once a week. These nuts however must be raw and non processed since processing significantly diminishes the EFA’s changing the valuable oil content into a harmful form.

Constipation: Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that large quantities of whole hempseed act as a demulcent laxative, soothing and lubricating the whole bowel and thus, useful in preventing and treating constipation.

Diabetes: Diabetes is a chronic endocrine disease. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, regulates the uptake of blood sugar by tissue cells. In adult diabetes, sufficient insulin may be produced, but the cells have become resistant to it and do not take up glucose fast enough after a meal. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause an EFA deficiency. With late-onset diabetes, symptoms of numbness and tingling an the extremities can be alleviated with a daily intake of 360mg GLA, the equivalent of 3 tsp of hemp seed oil or 6 tsp of shelled hemp seed.

Juvenile diabetes is usually associated with a lack of the hormone insulin in the blood. The insulin resistance causes the classic symptoms. Studies show that daily doses of 360-460 mg of GLA alleviate the tingling and numbness in the feet, a common symptom of diabetes. Evidence shows that insufficient omega-3 intake may be one of the cofactors in the development of the disease and that a balanced supply may alleviate its other effects as well.

Fatigue: EFA’s help maintain alertness. A deficiency can contribute towards anemia, which is accompanied by loss of energy. EFA’s shorten the time tired muscles need for recovery by assisting the conversion of lactic acid to carbon dioxide and water. Athletes ingesting EFA’s report an increase of stamina and strength, higher performance levels, and quicker recovery of muscle fatigue, sprains, and bruises.

Immune Deficiency: In order to resist and recover from infection, the body needs globular-shaped protein to produce antibodies. Hemp seed is rich in the globular proteins albumin and edestin, as well as EFA’s, all of which assist the immune response. EFA’s improve the metabolic rate, thus helping to prevent the buildup of harmful yeasts and bacteria. They also strengthen cellular membranes, making them less susceptible to infection.

Infants and Child Health: Hemp seed is a galactagogue, meaning that it helps increase production of a nursing mother’s milk. Infant formulas are now required to be fortified with EFA’s, which are essential for the development of the pre-natal and post-natal baby. When omega-3 and omega-6 are deficient in an infant’s or child’s diet, growth is slowed, especially that of the nervous system, brain, and eyes. In addition, skin problems may occur, learning is slowed, and colic and diarrhea are more common. Pregnant and nursing mothers should include fresh hempseed oil in their diets, since the fetus and nursing baby drain the mother’s body of EFA’s. One study found that the babies of mothers who ate more EFA’s had a lower incidence of cerebral palsy.

Another study found it took only 6 hours after consumption of EFA’s for them to appear in breast milk, and they remained for 10-24 hours, and in some cases up to three days. The mothers omega-3 levels decreased the incidence of infants born prematurely; increased average birth weight by eight ounce; increased placenta weight, birth length, and head circumference; and improved intelligence of 18-month old babies. The diets of the culture with the highest average birth weights in the world is fish-based. Clearly, a mothers consumption of EFA’s during and after pregnancy gives the baby a head start in life.

Menopause: Dry skin, vaginal dryness, night sweats, hormone production, hot flashes, and moodiness are all improved with EFA’s. Studies show that conversion of LA to GLA and the respective prostaglandins are slow in woman suffering from PMS and menopause. Improvements came when hemp seed was added to the diet mainly because hemp seed is one of the only plants to contain GLA so that the body does not have to rely on converting it as it does with other oils.

Multiple Sclerosis: MS is a chronic neurological autoimmune disease, occurring more frequently in northern industrialized countries where, incidentally, the diet also contains a comparatively low proportion of unsaturated fatty acids. Studies have suggested a link between abnormal EFA metabolism and progression of MS symptoms, possibly because of a defective enzymatic system. Many MS patients have been proven to be unable to convert EFA’s to their respective higher PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids), thereby slowing nerve deterioration. Studies show that supplementation of EFA’s can improve MS. In geographical areas where EFA consumption is adequate, MS is rare.

Neurodermitis and Skin Ailments: There is a clear connection between healthy skin and EFA intake. Patients with neurodermitis show a deficiency of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It is assumed that the enzymatic synthesis of GLA and SDA, and subsequently of prostaglandins, is inhibited. A deficiency in omega-6 is also associated with eczema and psoriasis in humans and dogs, as omega-6 helps regulate water loss through the skin. Because of its high content of omega-6 and GLA, hempseed oil can assist in the treatment of these disorders. The oral intake found to improve these disorders corresponds to about one and one-half ounces of shelled hemp seed per day.

Obesity: Using ‘good’ fats high in EFA’s can reduce hunger. Fat in the small intestine stimulates the release of chemical transmitters that make the brain feel satisfied and thus the stomach less hungry. EFAs help break down excess saturated fat by increasing the metabolic weight.

Osteoporosis: Bone loss is a serious condition for the elderly and often is associated with kidney and artery calcification. EFA supplementation improves calcium absorption, decreases urinary excretion of calcium, increases calcium deposition in bones, and enhances bone collagen synthesis—all of which improve overall bone strength.

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases: Polyunsaturated fatty acids have been found to be beneficial in such neurodegenerative disorders as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. It has been suggested that a diet with proper balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids may reduce or help delay the neurological effects of these diseases. The proper fatty acid ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (3:1 or 4:1) is identical to that found in hemp seed and has been shown to improve the quality of life in these patients.

Premenstrual Syndrome: PMS can manifest it painful muscular tension, swelling of the breasts, nervousness, irritability, and depression. Research indicates that women with PMS suffer from metabolic weakness converting omega-6 into GLA, and subsequently into prostaglandins. An intake of 1.37 grams omega-6 and 156 mg GLA of a period of 12 weeks has been shown to improve PMS significantly. This intake corresponds to 2 tablespoons of hemp seed everyday. Studies show that conversion of LA to GLA and the respective prostaglandins are slow in women suffering from PMS and menopause. Improvements came when hemp seed was added to the diet, mainly because hemp seed is one of the only foods to actually contain GLA so that the body does not have to rely on converting it from other oils.

Tuberculosis: Thirty years of experience in Czechoslovakia found that a diet appropriate for controlling the disease must be high in protein. The study states that “ground hempseeds extracted by milk at a temperature from 60-89 degrees C prove to be – even in their smallest doses—an utmost effective remedy” and that hempseed is the “only food that can successfully treat the consumptive disease tuberculosis.” EFA’s help restore wasting bodies by improving the damaged immune systems. They also make it easier for the patient to liquefy and expel mucus that has built up in the lungs.

* These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada.
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