These oils (vegetable oils) only contain omega-3 that are converted very slowly in the body into DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are the Very Long Chain Fatty Acids omega-3, essential for humans, and that have curative and preventive properties. Hemp is the only one that contains both gamma-linoleic acid and alpha linoleic acid, especially useful for cystic livers. This is the one essential fatty acid, omega 3's that I have found that does not increase liver cyst symptoms. AVOID Fish oil, flaxseed as these seem to increase liver cyst symptoms and growth.
The results of the first above study article, demonstrates when hempseed is added to a cholesterol-enriched diet, cholesterol-induced platelet aggregation returns to control levels. This normalization is not due to a reduction in plasma cholesterol levels, but may be partly due to increased levels of plasma GLA.
Here are some distinctions which separate Manitoba Harvest™ Hemp Seed Oil and flax seed oil;
1. Hemp Seed Oil has a 3.75:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio (considered optimal). Flax Seed Oil has a 1:4 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.
2. Hemp Seed Oil is a direct source of GLA, Flax Seed Oil is not.
3. Hemp Seed Oil is a direct source of Sterodonic Acid, Flax Seed Oil is not.
4. Hemp Seed Oil contains chlorophyll, Flax Seed Oil does not.
5. Hemp Seed Oil has a pleasant nutty flavor, Flax Seed Oil does not.
Why is Manitoba Harvest™ hemp seed oil so green?
Manitoba Harvest™ Hemp Seed Oil contains a high amount of chlorophyll. Due to low temperature processing the chlorophyll is not destroyed. Chlorophyll is a rich green color thus our hemp seed oil is green.
What do you take while traveling for omega 3's?For travel I take Manitoba Harvest hemp seed oil capsules. These are all organic. I take hemp seed oil to supply the body with Essential Fatty Acids EFA. I have tried hemp seed butter on toast, but found the green color slightly off putting. I drizzle a teaspoon of hemp oil mixed with olive oil on my salad or raw vegetables. Hawaii is the only state within the United States with approval for growing industrial hemp. Other forms of EFA, essential fatty acids such as flaxseed and fish oil, creates discomfort and pain and it increases the girth of my abdomen causing my liver cysts to grow and ache. Hemp seed is a good daily source of omega 3's and essential fatty acids. Here is a site that compares prices and a sit with some frequently asked questions about hemp seed. Another oil some have tried is chia seeds. There is also hemp protein meal, hemp cereal, hemp butter, hemp milk and even hemp ice cream.
Why is hemp seed oil better than other oil supplements for obtaining EFA essential fatty acids?Of the three hemp shakes, the only one that might be useful for PKD'rs the Berry Pomegranate Hemp Shake might be useful to try. The chocolate contains caffeine, harmful to PKD'rs and the Amazon Acai contains Maca. Maca stimulates progesterone receptors. Any questions contact Nutiva directly.
Hemp oil contains more EFA essential fatty acids than flax; it is free of potential toxic contaminants (fish oil has high levels of mercury and pesticides); it provides the perfect 3:1 EFA essential fatty acid proportions needed by the body. Hemp has a perfect balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFA's. Not having this perfect ratio can in the long run (i.e. a year or longer), taking exclusively Flax oil, can leave you deficient in Omega 6's. Hemp oil doesn't have this problem as it already has the perfect ratio. The only down side is that taking Hemp oil/seeds can theoretically lead to a positive drug test for marijuana, because of the minute amount of trace compounds present in the oil. If you have a job which requires drug testing, then it is probably a good idea to avoid Hemp oil for this reason.
Hemp oil can be substituted for flax oil in any regime. Serving of hemp seed oil you will get:
Omega 6 - 7 grams
Omega 3 - 2.4 grams
GLA - 2 grams
Vitamins A, D, C, and E
Rich in Antioxidants
Hemp seed oil is very high in tocopherols, natural preservatives which extend shelf life and are a powerful anti-oxidant.
The oil has a nice, nutty taste. Hemp Seed Oil has a low flash point, so it is best served cold. Please avoid frying with it as much of the nutrients will be burned off if you attempt to do this. Instead, use it as a condiment, salad oil, or in a morning smoothie. It is a lovely emerald green color caused by the oil's naturally occurring chlorophyll. According to hemp seed oil processor Manitoba Harvest, a distinct advantage of hemp seed oil vs. flax is its content of the rare direct metabolites of Omega-6 and -3 called Gamma-Linoleic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (SDA). These metabolites are the same fats that are found in fish oils and are involved in the production of prostaglandin for hormones and in immune functions. GLA is a “super” omega-6 that some studies have shown may help reduce heart disease; enhance effectiveness of cancer treatments; treat problem skin conditions; prevent inflammation-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis and asthma; and modify lipids to reduce triglycerides. GLA is also believed to help bypass enzymatic blocks in sluggish bodies that have metabolisms compromised by stress, environmental toxicity or aging to allow proper utilization of omega-6 EFA's. SDA is a powerful omega-3 that is purported to offer about five times the potency of “regular” ALA omega-3.
There is also a bread made with hemp seed but it contains soy. Soy makes my liver cysts grow and ache. I bake my own non-yeasted spelt bread with hemp seeds for a balance of omega 3's and essential fatty acids.
Overview Omega 3 to Omega 6
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, which means that they are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish and certain plant oils. It is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet as these two substances work together to promote health. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA's), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.
There are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids that are ingested in foods and used by the body: alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of omega-3 fatty acids more readily used by the body. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.
As mentioned previously, it is very important to maintain a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. An inappropriate balance of these essential fatty acids contributes to the development of disease while a proper balance helps maintain and even improve health. A healthy diet should consist of roughly one to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet tends to contain 11 to 30 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids and many researchers believe this imbalance is a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States.
In contrast, however, the Mediterranean diet consists of a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet does not include much meat (which is high in omega-6 fatty acids) and emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.The Hemp Sisters have a clothing line and some hemp brownie mixes and a few food products available.
AVOID Flaxseed if you have liver cysts. I have tried in every form made. Each time it has caused my liver to ache and grow. I am sorry to report, but quite a few individuals have reported that flaxseed increases liver cyst symptoms. I thought perhaps it was from freshly ground flaxseed. I was taking a tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseed daily and I too noticed that my liver started enlarging. I was determined to get my omega 3 essential fatty acids, I tried flaxseed oil gel caps (organic Barleans). I tried these daily and this too made my liver grow and ache. I even tried the golden flaxseed with the same results. The golden had a better taste, to me. Perhaps it may be the phytoestrogens in flaxseed that causes this growth in liver cysts? Liver cysts have estrogen receptors. Exposure to estrogen, phytoestrogens or xenoestrogen triggers the growth of these cysts. AVOID Why is there estrogen in my flaxseed oil?
Flax seed is in fact “linseed” which is what linen is made out of. Linseed contains a very high amount of plant based estrogen and phytoestrogens.And as a non food product linen has been allowed the use of many more pesticides and herbicides sprays and chemicals that are forbidden for food produce. This has helped create a super estrogen disruptor by combining non food herbicides with a later plant used as food. Whether or not flaxseed oil raises your natural estrogen levels is very controversial. Some say that the plant based estrogens in the oil mimic the natural estrogens in our body and therefore raise our estrogen levels. Others say that the phytoestrogens actually level out any estrogen imbalances we have in our body. After repeated painful episodes following taking flax seed, I stay away from flaxseed oil.
Fish oil supplements as well as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, and catfish triggers liver cyst growth,aches, and pains.
The only source of omega 3's I have found to impart the protection and leave me without any increase in abdominal girth and pain is hemp seed oil. I have yet to try chia. Chia has been used by the Tarahumara Indians, a running tribe in a remote region of Mexico to take them flying around the countryside and nourish them on their 500 mile foot races.
Hemp Seeds are a complete protein. They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature's perfect foods - a Super Food. This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.
Hemp belongs to the genus Cannibis sativa and has been cultivated for thousands of years as a source of fiber, edible seeds, edible oil, lubricant, and as a fuel.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
• Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes.
• All amino acids essential to optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
• The 17+ grams of omega fats supplied by Hemp Seeds provides sufficient, continuous energy throughout your day.
Many users also experience these health benefits:
• Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
• More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
• Rich in Vitamin E
• Increases energy levels & metabolic rate
• Lowers blood LDL cholesterol levels
• Lowers blood pressure
• Improves cardiovascular circulation & function
• Improves organ function
• Improves immunity levels
• Reduces symptoms of PMS & menstrual cramps
• Reduces inflammation and the symptoms of arthritis
• Improves recovery of muscles after exercise
• Reduces & treats dry skin and hair conditions
• Reduction of many degenerative diseases through preventative measures
• Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.
• Essential Fatty Acids in Hemp Seeds
The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are deemed essential because our bodies do not naturally produce them. This means that they must be obtained from the food we eat.
Most health organizations agree that the human body needs a 3 or 4:1 balance of omega 6 over omega 3. Hemp seed is the only seed where this ideal balance occurs. It does not occur in flax, almond, walnut, soybean or olive oil. Daily use of flax seed can lead to dangerous imbalances since flax seed oil has a balance of 1:4 instead of a healthy 4:1 omega-6 over omega-3.
EFAs are involved with producing life's energy throughout the human body and without them, life is not possible. In general, North Americans have a high dietary deficiency in EFAs due to their high intake of processed foods and meats.
Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to deficiencies or imbalances of specific fatty acids in the body. Symptoms are often related to a lack of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and their derivatives, the postaglandins.
It has been proven in several clinical studies that dietary supplementation with EFAs or their metabolites (such as GLA) will often prevent or even cure many forms of illness.
Hemp protein is also a complete source of all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) which our bodies cannot produce. Approximately 65% of the protein in hemp seed is made up of the globulin protein Edestin, and is found only in hemp seed. Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered the backbone of the cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites. Hemp protein is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas.
Hemp Seeds are a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk, or any other high protein food. They have a better spectrum of available proteins than soybeans--without the soybean anti-nutritional factors.
They are an excellent protein product for everyone - mothers, babies, body builders, convalescents, the elderly, EVERYONE.
The oil component consists of preferred ratios of all essential fatty acids (EFA's):
With 78% essential fats hemp oil greatly exceeds soy oil at 40%, canola oil at 30%, olive oil at 10% and other oils. Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fats may reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, coronary heart disease and stroke. The 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 EFA's in hemp oil is thought to be the best in nature for promoting cellular health. Hemp oil contains more "Omega 3" EFA components (19%) than are found in any fish and in most fish-oil supplements.
Hemp foods reduce inflammation and benefit those with arthritis, cardiovascular disease, psoriasis--even tuberculosis. By improving circulation and reducing inflammation, hemp products may be particularly beneficial for diabetics.
As a rare source of GLA, hemp seeds may be beneficial to those too ill to synthesize this EFA from other fats.
Hemp oil contains plant sterols which may reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer.
There are many long-term health benefits that can be experienced. Hemp Seed is one of the best balanced sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Hemp Seed contains only small amounts of saturated and mono-unsaturated fats which can be easily converted to energy. Hemp Seed is also an unsurpassed source of the whole spectrum of required proteins, it promotes vigorous cellular development with diverse health benefits:
Reduced cholesterol and blood pressure after three months -- with decreasing probability of stroke.
Reduction in the inflammatory characteristics of many hundreds of diseases.
More rapid recovery from disease, from radiation treatment and from injury.
Improvement in circulation: Diabetics may notice warmer, then less discolored, feet.
More effective immune system with reduced incidence of all types of disease