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 Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Stearidonic Acid (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 (ie the omegas).
The edibility of hemp seed oil is particularly beneficial as an alternative to other GLA rich sources (ie sunflower or evening primrose oil).
Adding SDA 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.
These special fatty acids also have a natural anti-inflammatory effect, making GLA and SDA useful for people with arthritis and autoimmune disorders.