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Hemp Seed Oil – What is it and what is it good for?

Hemp seed oil, not to be confused with CBD Oil, is a natural health product made from the seeds of the hemp plant. The cold pressed oil from the seeds account for up to 35% of the weight of the plant and this naturally, nutty flavoured oil has been used in many ways for thousands of years.

One of the most common misconceptions about hemp seed oil is that it will give you a high of some kind. However, this is untrue. Made from solely from seed of the hemp plant, the oil has barely any, if no THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the cannabis ‘high’. Hemp seed oil retains many of the well documented health benefits that hemp and other cannabis extracts are renowned for and is becoming a popular supplement for many people and their pets.

The health benefits of hemp seed oil are extremely diverse and while studies into the full health benefits and medical claims of the oil are at an infantile stage the results in the field speak for themselves. People use hemp seed oil for many reasons and because the product is 100% natural there are few, if any side effects.

Inflammation and Pain

Hemp seed oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Growing numbers of people are steering away from conventional over the counter pain killers and resorting to natural options such as hemp seed oil. For many people hemp seed oil becomes their go-to pain reliever with none of the well-known side-effects that even aspirin or paracetamol have with them.

Skin Health

One of the growing areas where hemp seed oil is fast proving itself is in the area of skincare. Taken both orally and topically in various forms, the extremely healthy oil demonstrates remarkable abilities in supporting general skincare and nutrition as well as in combatting a variety of common skin disorders. There are growing numbers of acne products, for example, that are now infused with hemp seed oil with research showing the hemp seed oil is extremely good at helping maintain a healthy balance of oil in the skin especially prevalent in teenagers. The high levels of fatty acids make the oil the ideal choice for nourishing the skin and protecting it from inflammation, oxidation, and other causes of aging. The skin disorders that hemp seed oil is known to assist with include:

  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • psoriasis
  • varicose eczema
  • acne rosacea

Hemp Seed Oil for the Brain

For the brain to function optimally it needs a good concentration of certain fatty acids. A normal diet for many people has insufficient levels of these fats and thus hemp seed oil is the ideal supplement. Studies and tests on mice have shown that hemp seed oil is not only healthy for the brain but also protects it from inflammation. The results are promising and general use among the human population is showing that the same may be true for us.

Cardiovascular Health

Hemp seed oil has a broad spectrum of health benefits with another being improved heart health. The natural supplement is well known for lowering blood pressure and reducing and levels of cholesterol. The high levels of fatty acids in hemp seed oil are furthermore demonstrating the capacity to reduce cardiovascular disease.

Overall hemp seed oil is a safe to use supplement or food additive that helps maintain healthy levels of fatty acids throughout the human body while providing further support with a wide range of other minerals and essential compounds. Hemp seed oil should not replace any existing medication and before using it is worthwhile seeking professional medical advice.

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Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Ron Goedeke

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