Most people are aware of the many health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids, ranging from cognitive support and heart health to reducing inflammation in the body. Hemp seeds are a fantastic source of Omega 3s, providing 2800 mg per ounce. This surpasses other popular plant-based sources, such as flax seeds, measuring at 1800 mg and walnuts at 2600 mg per ounce. For this reason, along with other health-enhancing properties, hemp seeds have earned the “super food” status.
Studies show that most Western diets are very high in Omega 6, yet quite deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids, with an average 15 to 1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. This improper ratio creates an unbalanced environment in the body, promoting conditions favorable for disease. The generally recommended ratio of 4 to 1 is a healthy dietary balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Improvement in this ratio has been found to support cardiovascular and respiratory health, reduced inflammation, mental clarity, healthy energy levels, and improved digestion. Remarkably, hemp seeds are the only seeds that contain this balance.
Omega 3 capsules have become a popular form of supplementation, yet most Omega 3 supplements usually only contain around 300 mg per capsule. One ounce of hemp seeds contains 9 times the level of Omega 3. Furthermore, supplements, such as fish oil, go through a manufacturing process which can compromise the nutritional value of the food itself. Hemp seeds, on the other hand, are a whole food and provide the body with additional vital nutrients.
Fish is also revered as a rich source of Omega 3s, yet it does not compare to the high levels found in hemp seeds. Salmon, for example, is often touted for its high Omega 3 content, yet only provides 400 to 600 mg per ounce. Many people also consume fish for the protein content and other nutritional benefits. However, hemp seeds are also a great source of protein with all of the essential amino acids, and they contain fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E. Additionally, since mercury contamination has become a growing concern with fish consumption, hemp seeds can be viewed as a safer alternative, as well.
Rejuvenative Foods offers a variety of ways to enjoy this super food: Our creamy hemp seed butter is made from raw, organic hemp seeds, slowly ground to prevent the seeds from cooking. It is naturally low in saturated fat and free of trans-fats, hydrogenated oils, cholesterol, added sugar, gluten, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Our raw hemp seed oil is cold-pressed from whole fresh, raw, organic hemp seeds and is perfect on salads or in smoothies. Our popular hemp halvah is a delicious combination of hemp seeds mixed with sesame seeds (another source of Omega 3s), with a touch of honey to satisfy a sweet craving.