With so many misconceptions about hemp floating around in the world, the benefits of this amazing plant can often get lost in the noise. Today, as new research and knowledge is surfacing, more and more people are recognizing the value this plant has to offer to our health and environment.
Among the benefits that are being unearthed within the hemp plant is the discovery of the rarely found GLA, an Omega-6 fatty acid. GLA or gamma linoleic acid, is an essential fatty acid (EFA) crucial for maintaining overall health. It plays a vital role in brain function, promotes healthy skin and hair growth, manages bone health, balances metabolism, and encourages a healthy reproductive system. As more research is being done about gamma linoleic acid, early conclusions are that not only does this type of Omega-6 reduce inflammation, but it also protects DNA in the body.
GLA-rich foods such as hemp seeds contain 3% pure gamma-linoleic acid (GLA).
While other foods, such as evening primrose oil and borage oil have higher levels of GLA, they must be packaged into a supplement form, oftentimes tainting the quality and effectiveness. Hemp oil is the only natural food oil that doesn’t require packaging and contains ~450 mg of GLA per tablespoon. Experts recommend taking approximately two tablespoons of hemp oil every day, equating to about 1 gram of GLA.
Because of hemp’s unique 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, adding it into your daily diet is an ideal way to obtain the perfect balance of essential fatty acids (EFAs). Also, being a high-yielding crop and easier to cultivate than others, choosing hemp supports sustainable agriculture. It’s an earth-friendly way to promote your overall health and wellness.