Hemp oil (not the stuff that was rolled up and smoked but the oil
from the seed) contains essential fatty acids (EFA's). Essential
fatty acids, omega 3 (alpha-linolenic and omega 6 (linoleic) cannot
be made by the body and are necessary for life (no EFA's..no life--capish).
They must be taken in through foods or supplementation. Some of the
positive benefits of EFA's include: decreased catabolism and
increased growth hormone secretion , improving the action of
insulin, enhancing oxygen utilization and energy transformation
required for optimal performance, decreasing total serum cholesterol
and increase HDL , improving testosterone production, supporting
liver function and enhanced immune function, and improving the
condition of hair and nails as well as increase nitrogen retention.
WOW! A lot of these effects are exactly what athletes are looking
for through the use of a variety of products but hemp oil delivers
these benefits in one power packed dietary supplement. I'm getting
excited just writing about it! Hemp oil is nature's most perfectly
balanced EFA oil. It contains both EFA's in the right proportions
for long term use and also contains GLA (gamma linolenic acid). It
is the only vegetable oil with this combination. Hemp oil is
completely legal and high quality hemp oil should contain no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is responsible for causing a positive reading on a drug test.
(be warned that by taking lower quality hemp oil, it is possible to
cause a false positive reading on a drug test) Flax seed oil is
useful in treating degenerative type diseases but is way too rich in
omega 3 (alpha linolenic) fatty acids (about 4 times as much omega 3
as omega 6) to be used exclusively for a long period of time. Hemp
seed oil can be used for a long period of time without causing an
EFA imbalance or deficiency. This is because it contains a 3:1
ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids for better balance in the
long run. It also contains almost 2% GLA (this omega 6 derivative
is a key ingredient in evening primrose oil and borage oil and has
been shown to have positive effects on the liver as well as blocking
DHT production--DHT = baldness and prostate problems--not a pretty
picture). Hemp oil tastes better than flax seed oil and is green in
color due to its content of magnesium containing chlorophyll. It is
also available in capsules. Remember, it is imperative to keep
essential oils away from light, heat, and oxygen as much as
possible. Keep hemp oil refrigerated. Overall, hemp oil holds
great promise for athletes and fitness buffs trying to maximize
their performance by benefiting from all of the effects of EFA's.
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