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Hemp Seed Oil may benefit Eczema symptoms

Medical researchers at the University of Kuopio, Finland, have found evidence of the positive effects of Hemp Seed Oil on Eczema
Researchers, led by Dr. J Callaway, at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Nutrition at the University, followed a group of patients with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, which is a type of allergy that causes dry and itchy skin and often requires medical treatment.
“We are still processing some of the biochemical data,” said Dr Callaway, “but the subjective results from the patients are already in and they have been correlated with the diagnostic reports from the dermatologist.
“In short, we saw a remarkable reduction in dryness, itching and an overall improvement in the symptoms of these patients while they were using the hemp seed oil, and no significant change at all while they were using the olive oil. We also noticed a reduction in the frequency of influenza when these patients were taking the hemp seed oil,” continued the researcher.
The patients orally consumed two tablespoons of oil a day for two months in a randomised, double-blind crossover design. The other oil in the study was cold-pressed olive oil, and a two month washout period separated the two oil intervention periods.
Previously, these same researchers investigated the effects of hemp seed oil in a group of healthy volunteers and subsequently found elevated blood levels of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid; a naturally occurring fatty acid).
“This is a good thing because decreased GLA is thought to be associated with several chronic health problems, such as allergies and other disorders of the immune system,” said Dr Callaway. Over the last 10 years, numerous anecdotal reports have claimed that hempseed oil improves skin integrity, strengthens finger-nails and thickens hair. “In a way, this all makes sense because skin, hair and nails are all formed from the same line of dermal stem cells,” said Dr Callaway.
While hemp seed oil is relatively new to the modern Western palate, it has been used as an inexpensive substitute for butter in most Eastern European cultures in the past, particularly in Russia. Hemp Seed Oil is more than 90 % polyunsaturated and, for this reason, should not be used for frying.
“Hemp seed oil is an exceptional source of EFAs; the essential fatty acids that we must obtain from our daily diet because, like vitamins, we can’t produce them on our own. Judging from the fatty acid profile of hemp seed oil, the numerous anecdotal reports over the years and now the results of our initial clinical investigations, I’d have to conclude that this is probably the healthiest oil on the market,” said Dr Callaway.
“Clearly, this is an important and useful discovery that will need to be investigated further,” added Dr Callaway.
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4 Fats that burn fat or help you lose weight…

1.       Omega-3 fats
Omega-3 fats help you burn fat by helping your body respond better to a hormone called Leptin (Leptin is the Greek word for thin) and…
Leptin tells your body (your brain) to suppress your appetite making you eat less so you can maintain or lose weight and…
Leptin increases your metabolism by increasing your thyroid output (your thyroid regulates your metabolism) and on top of all that…
Leptin also causes your body to burn fat for energy so…
If your body isn’t responding well to Leptin then the reverse happens – You’ll be hungrier, and you’ll store more fat so… You can take Omega-3 fats to help your body respond much better to Leptin so you can increase your fat-burning metabolism and…
3 more ways Omega-3 fats help you lose weight is…

  1. Omega-3 fats help you control your hunger by stabilizing your blood sugar levels and…
  2. An Australian study showed that when people took Omega-3 fats while on an exercise program burned more fat than people who Only Exercised (without taking Omega-3 fats) and people who exercised & took other types of fat and…
  3. Studies done in Japan & The Czech republic suggest that Omega-3 fats prevent the creation of ugly body fat and these same studies suggested Omega-3 fats promote more fat burning.

2.       CLA
How CLA can help you lose weight…
CLA is good for helping you get rid of belly fat and According to The International Journal of Obesity (August, 2001)…

  • A group of overweight men taking CLA lost mostly belly fat and they reduced their waistlines by 1 inch while taking CLA and the CLA helped them lose all that belly fat without making any diet or lifestyle changes and…
  • In a similar study women lost mostly only belly & thigh fat with CLA and they reduced their waistlines by1.2 inches and…
  • CLA also helps you burn fat and gain leaner muscles at the same time
  • A group of overweight people lost 9% of their body fat and increased their lean muscle mass by 1-to-2% just by taking CLA with NO changes in their diet or lifestyle – this all happened during a year-long research study done by the Scandinavian Clinical Research Group
  • CLA prevents your body from storing fat
    • CLA doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.” – Michael Pariza, director of the Food Research Institute, on his findings from the University of Wisconsin Study at Madison on CLA.

A University of Wisconsin Study at Madison concluded that CLA is good for preventing weight gain in people who had previously lost weight dieting and even if dieters gained weight after dieting while still taking CLA – half of the weight gained back was lean muscle (and you know muscle burns fat anyway)
3.       Omega-6 Fats
Many studies show how the Omega-6 fats Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) & Linolenic acid (LA) help you burn fat – for example with GLA…

  • People lost between 9-to-11 pounds in 6 weeks while taking GLA during a study done by Dr Mri who’s a researcher and consultant at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff but…

The good & bad news about most studies involving GLA is you have to be at least 10-to-20% overweight to see any results but…

  • GLA prevents weight gain in people who’ve lost weight plus GLA is also an appetite suppressant since it raises the levels of serotonin (and serotonin is a hormone that makes you feel full and eat less) and…
  • GLA raises your metabolism by making the “Brown fat” in your body burn calories to keep your body warm and… Brown fat (or Brown Adipose tissue or BAT) is not the same as the ugly “white” fat that accumulates on your arms, belly, thighs and other problem areas because…
  • Brown fat’s main job is to burn fat calories for energy to keep your body warm but usually brown fat is not as active in overweight people and that’s why You need GLA so you can “turn on” Brown fat so it can help you burn off the ugly “white” fat and…

As for the other Omega-6 fat Linolenic acid (LA)…
Women lost 2-to-4 pounds of fat and gained firmer muscles just by supplementing with Linolenic acid (LA) without any significant changes to their diet & exercise programs over a 16 week study and…
GLA & LA can be found in Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and these 28 foods high in Omega-6 fats and please note that…
CLA is also an Omega-6 fat but, you need to eat a balanced ratio of Omega-3 & Omega-6 fats.

  • 4.       MCTs (medium chain triglycerides)

MCTs will increase your metabolism, your body is more likely to use MCTs for energy instead of storing it as fat and MCTs help curb your appetite and because of these facts .. farmers will not feed their animals foods high in MCTs like coconut oil because it will keep their animals very lean and…

  • A group of 31 overweight people lost an average of 7 lbs. during a 16 week study when they included MCT oil in their muffins and in another 12 week study .. 2 groups of people were put on almost the same exact diet but the only difference was .. one group got it’s fat mainly from regular dietary fat while the other group got it’s fat only from MCTs and .. the group taking MCTs lost 8½ lbs. (2½ lbs. more than the other group) and the combined results of many studies on MCTs all conclude that you can lose up to 12-to-36 pounds a year just by replacing the regular fat in your diet with MCTs and Coconut Oil & Palm Oil are all good sources of MCTs or you can use a MCT supplement

How to include these fats in your diet to lose weight faster?
Remember: Fats must only be 10 to 30% of your diet if you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle and you want to make sure that most of or ALL the fats you eat are Omega-3, CLA, Omega-6 and/or MCT fats if you want to burn fat faster and you can easily get most of those fats by eating more lean proteins like fish, organic beef, nuts & beans but if you find you can’t get enough of these healthy fats in your diet you can take Omega-3, CLA, Omega-6 and/or MCT supplements.
Now for the most amazing news .. Hemp contains Omega 3, Omega 6 – CLA & GLA as well as medium chain triglycerides.
So, by incorporating Hemp into your diet – and here I mean healthy, balanced diet – you will lose weight, naturally, easily!

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Plant Based Fat Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth By Enhancing Cell's Signaling System

University of Buffalo Researchers Show-Buffalo, N.Y.
 
Nutrition researchers at the University of Buffalo have provided the first evidence that a minor plant based fat called B-sitosterol appears to play a role in inhibiting the growth of human prostate cancer cells. They found that the phytosterol B-sitosterol, a fat abundant in Hemp Seed Oils, enhances an intra-cellular signalling system that tells cells not to divide. The study showed a 28 percent inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth after being exposed to B-sitosterol for 5 days in vitro.
Dr. Awad, Phd., head of UB’s Nutrition Program will present these results at the Sixth International Conference of Anti-Cancer Research in Kallithea, Greece. Awad explained “That the phytosterol replaces some of the cell membrane’s cholesterol, which changes the membrane lipid composition in such a way that signal transduction (secondary messenger activity) is stimulated and that activation inhibits cell growth.” “If cell proliferation can be stopped before it becomes uncontrolled, cancer can be contained. When we treated prostate cancer cells with phytosterols, cell proliferation was inhibited. We have found the same effect in vitro with breast and colon cancer cells”.
This activity may help to explain why vegetable fats, such as Hemp Seed Oils, in the diet reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, Dr. Awad said. The work of Dr. Awad and his colleagues is grounded in epidemiologic studies showing that prostate cancer is less common in Asian countries where diets are primarily vegetarian and that rates increase when these people migrate to western societies where rates are higher and diets are primarily animal based.
The Journal of American Academy of Dermatology and the British Journal of Dermatology Recognize the benefits of GLA found in Hemp Seed Oil
For thousands of years, the hemp plant has been used in elixirs and medicinal teas because of its healing properties. Hemp Seed Oil is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other safe to use plant. Numerous studies have been conducted with Hemp Seed Oil, which ultimately demonstrate the oil’s high level efficacy when used either orally or topically. Current research with oral supplements has shown Hemp Seed Oil’s ability to augment eicosanoid levels and thereby relieve chronic inflammation. In a variety of other studies on animals and humans skin disorders associated with essential fatty acid deficiencies proved to have a marked amelioration in both the skin’s appearance and overall health when Hemp Seed Oil was included in the dietary regimen.
Since Hemp Seed Oil contains the highest concentration of any safe oil available, it is becoming the most convenient and economical GLA source here in the West.
Source: Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, CNS
 
Ann Gittleman is one of the foremost nutritionists in the United States. The former Nutritional Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center, she currently consults with a broad spectrum of professional organizations and is the author of the best-selling books Eat Fat, Lose Weight, Super Nutrition for Women, Super nutrition for Menopause, The 40/30/30 phenomenon and Why Am I always So Tired?

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A need for EFA Balance

Hemp Seed Oil is considered to be the best nutritional oil for health because it’s Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) profile is closest to that required by the human body.   are termed as such because the body cannot manufacture them. Therefore, they must continually be replenished in the diet. EFAs are not stored or used for energy as are other fats. Instead, they are used as raw materials (building blocks) for cell structure and as precursors for the synthesis of many of the body’s vital biochemicals, including hormones – increases testosterone and prostaglandins ideal for boosting building growth of lean body mass both in men and women. Increases valuable insulin sensitivity – this simply put, increased sensitivity promotes a much greater anabolic response to insulin and increases your fat-burning ability immensely, while insulin resistance leads to elevated fat storage, reduced hypertrophy and increased susceptibility to diseases such as diabetes. In fact studies show Omega 3s increase insulin sensitivity drastically, while its counterpart Omega 6s in higher dosage lead to insulin resistance so key to keep both at balance levels to prevent an imbalance of conversions of the fats, hence the reason why Hemp Seed’s EFA profile is one of the best sources.
 
What are Prostaglandins?
Prostaglandins regulate cellular functions such as communication, cholesterol production and blood platelet aggregation. Since different prostaglandins often have opposite effects, they are needed by the body in a delicate balance. This is obtained from a balanced intake of the two essential Fatty Acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3). For instance, the prostaglandins that key up the body’s response to stress are all made by Omega-6 fatty acids while the ones that gear down the body’s response to stress are nearly all made by Omega-3 fatty acids. Not surprisingly, stress-related diseases tend to respond to Omega-3 supplementation.
Hemp Seed’s EFAs are precursors to the prostaglandin series (PGE 1, 2 and 3). PGE1 inhibits the production of cholesterol and dilates blood vessels and prevents the blood clotting of platelets in arteries. A study reported in 1992 indicated that a diet of Hemp Seed causes the serum levels of total cholesterol to drop dramatically. Blood pressure also decreases after several weeks of eating Hemp Seeds, apparently due to the steady supply of EFAs.
By weight, Hemp Seed is 30-35% oil, of which 80% consists of polyunsaturated EFAs, specifically the two most important ones – Linoleic Acid (LA – Omega-6 at 60%) and Linolenic Acid (LNA or ALA – Omega-3 at 20%). These are the parent compounds which build longer-chain fatty acids. LNA then converts to DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) – two of the most critically needed forms of EFA and LA converts to AA (Arachidonic Acid), which has opposite effects of those from DHA. An excess of AA – the result of too much Omega-6 – ultimately leads to such health problems as inflammation and more importantly, increases blood clotting, which can cause heart attack, stroke, or embolism. In the last 40 years, the Western diet has become loaded with excess Omega-6 from corn and soybean oil, margarine and similar processed fats. At the same time, Westerners eat 500 mg of Omega-3 per day, much less than they need. Consequently, instead of the 3:1 ratio they should be getting, most people consuming the western-type diet, end up with a ratio of 50:1.
Other fatty acids in Hemp Seed Oil include:  Palmitoleic Acid, Heptadecanoic Acid, Arachiditic Acid, Eicosenoic Acid, Behenic Acid, Erucic Acid, Lignoceric Acid and Nervonic Acid; but it also contains several higher fatty acids. It is one of the only food oils to contain the direct metabolites of LA and LNA. Most notable are GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid from LA) and SDA (Stearidonic Acid from LNA), which serve as intermediaries in the formation of longer-chain fatty acids and vital hormone-like prostaglandins in the body. Because of this, Hemp Seed Oil is able to circumvent the impaired EFA metabolism and physical compromise that can result from genetic factors, intake of other fats, aging and lifestyle patterns.
Symptoms of an LNA (Omega-3) deficiency include: dry skin, growth retardation, weakness, impaired learning ability, poor motor coordination, behavioural changes, impaired vision, high blood pressure, sticky platelets, edema, mental deterioration, low metabolic rate and immune dysfunction.
Although LA (Omega-6) is present in our bodies in much greater quantities and because the western diet has an over-abundance, deficiencies are rare but can happen. Symptoms of an LA deficiency include: skin eruptions (acne and eczema-like), loss of hair, poor blood circulation, behavioral disturbances, liver and kidney degeneration, gallbladder problems, prostatitis, muscle tremors, abnormal water loss through the skin (sweating profusely) and susceptibility to infections.
These deficiency symptoms are all reversible with adequate intakes of EFAs from Hemp Seed Oil. But if ignored for a long time, health problems can develop into more serious degenerative conditions, paired wound healing, male sterility, miscarriage, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and growth retardation.
 
Low Fat Diets:
Reductions of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in ultra-low fat and fat-free diets actually cause people to feel hungrier than they did before going on such a diet. It can also begin the process of dangerous EFA deficiency which causes people to binge on high-calorie foods to compensate for feeling unsatisfied.
The body absolutely requires fat in the diet in order to process such fat-soluble nutrients as vitamins A, D, E and K as well as phytochemicals. Fat substitutes, slide through the digestive system intact – which most people think is advantageous. But, fat substitutes compound a problem by not only being unable to absorb these nutrients into the body, but also they carry them directly into the feces for elimination.
Fat-free diets have been correlated with violent, short tempers in human and animal studies. Such diets can also cause high cholesterol levels because the body produces excess cholesterol in an attempt to make up for the lack of EFAs.
Hemp Seed Oil, therefore, may be thought of as a “diet” oil, because it contributes fewer calories than most other oils or fats and because it is so rich in EFAs, vital for cell metabolism. Experts say getting more than 12-15% of calories from EFAs will actually aid in burning off excess fat and thereby contributing to weight loss & insulin management.
 
Suggested Hemp Seed Oil Dosage
One tablespoon of Hemp Seed Oil of shelled (hulled) Hemp Seed supplies roughly 6.6 grams of Omega-6 and 2.2 grams of Omega-3 – just the amounts needed for a 2 000-calorie diet. This is a suitable amount even for vegetarians and takes into account the conversion ratio of 1% ALA to DHA, the currently accepted conversion rate for plant sources of Omega-3.
Hemp Seed Oil is best stored in the fridge or best in a freezer. It will stay fluid and does not need to be defrosted. One to 3 tablespoons is the suggested daily intake for adults; athletes up to 3 tbsp; children can take half that amount  and breast-fed babies obtain its benefits through the mother’s milk
Two tablespoons of He mp Seed supplies roughly 6.6 grams of Omega-6 and 2.2 grams of Omega-3 – just the amounts needed for a 2 000-calorie diet. This is a suitable amount even for vegetarians and takes into account the conversion ration of 1% ALA to DHA, the currently accepted conversion rate for plant sources of omega-3.
Hemp Seed Oil is best stored in the fridge or best in a freezer. It will stay fluid and does not need to be defrosted. One to 3 tablespoons is the suggested daily intake for adults; athletes up to 3 tbsp; children can take half that amount; and breast-fed babies obtain its benefits through the mother’s milk

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Hemp & GLA – Good Fat for Weight Loss

More than 66% of Westerners are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  While a sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary choices can contribute to Westerners’ expanding waistlines, there may be more to the story.
Research has found that a deficiency in the Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acid, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), can actually inhibit healthy weight loss and weight control. In fact, recent studies suggest that obesity is linked with low levels of GLA.

GLA assists in weight loss by significantly increasing metabolism and encouraging stored fat to effectively be used for energy. GLA activates brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is an active tissue that burns calories for heat.  When BAT is actively functioning, it acts as a powerful mechanism for weight loss and weight control.  Studies report that BAT is less active in people who are overweight.

In addition, GLA also activates the metabolic process through its role in providing the nutrients necessary to control the sodium potassium pump in each cell of the body. The sodium potassium pump is essential for cellular homeostasis and when it’s functioning properly, it can use up to 20-50% of daily caloric energy. Thus, if the pump is not working effectively, the body will store this unused energy as fat.

As important as GLA is for an effective weight management, the challenge is that it only occurs in a very small number of foods in nature. As its name implies, it’s an essential fatty acid, meaning that it must be obtained from the diet.
I recommend Hemp as the best source of GLA due to it’s easy to assimilate and naturally balanced profile of essential fatty acids.

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Women – Healthy Hormone Balance with Hemp

Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age, yet symptoms can be the most pronounced during the late twenties to forties.  In addition, many women experience these symptoms each month during the pre-menstrual stage of the menstrual cycle.
In each case, symptoms of a hormonal imbalance can range from any of the following:
Allergies, Anxiety, Brain Fog, Diminished Sex Drive, Depression, Dizziness, Endometriosis, Facial Hair Growth, Fatigue, Fibrocystic Breasts, Hair Loss, Headaches, Low Sex Drive, Osteoporosis, PMS, Skin Problems, Urinary Tract Infections And Incontinence, Uterine Fibroids, Weight Gain, Water Retention And Bloating and Skin Wrinkles.
Research has found that hormonal imbalances are associated with deficiencies in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), including Omega-3 and Omega-6.  What’s more is that 80% of Westerners are deficient in EFA’s.  Studies have found that women who experience symptoms of hormone imbalance are lacking in the Omega-6 – Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA).  It is difficult to get GLA from foods, as it only occurs naturally in a small amount of foods.  Under normal circumstances, the body can convert the Omega 6, Linoleic Acid to GLA, yet it’s been discovered that many women who have hormonal imbalances are not able to make the conversion effectively.
By adding Hemp to the diet, many of these symptoms and deficiencies can be alleviated.  Hemp contains the perfect balance of EFA’s and is one of the only plants to contain GL,A so the body does not have to rely on converting it.
Adding (1-2) Tablespoons of Hemp See Oil, or (3-5) Tablespoons of Hulled Hemp Seed a day, is a delicious, easy way to assist in achieving natural hormone balance and vibrant, health.