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Raw hulled hemp seeds are the most nutritious seeds found in nature and are a complete protein. Containing more digestible protein than any other food. Our raw hulled hemp seeds are a healthy and rich source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. This is true even for those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar, as there are no known allergies to hemp foods.

Hemp seeds are suitable for everyone, including expectant mums as they contain naturally occurring nutrients essential to the brain, bone and nervous system development of a growing foetus, including folate (Vitamin B9) and Vitamin B6.

With a mild nutty flavour similar to pine nuts, raw hulled hemp seeds can be made into milk and used as a milk substitute for anything made out of dairy, including butter, cheese and ice cream, as hemp is free from estrogen mimickers and trypsin inhibitors.

Fatty acid profile

Hemp’s nutritional benefits derive largely from its fatty acid composition (2, 3). The oil, which makes up half of the weight of the seeds, contains 75% essentialfatty acids, of which: about 20% are the omega-3, alpha-linoleic acid (ALA)


The unique ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 ensures that you can consume hemp without needing to balance it with any other food rich in fat.

The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of hemp oil is 3:1. This is a good ratio.

Most modern diets are an alarming 10:1, or more. High dietary omega-6s relative to omega-3s is associated with numerous health problems, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (4).

Hemp alone offers benefits that few other foods provide (5).

Vitamin E

Another “fat” property of hemp is that it contains a high content of naturally-occurring vitamin E compounds (tocotrienols and tocopherols) (1, 2, 3).

These free-radical scavenging antioxidants protect the oil from oxidation and rancidity.

Typical levels of vitamin E per 100 grams of hemp oil are about 100 to 150 mg. Therefore, one to two tablespoons of hemp oil meets the daily requirement of vitamin E for healthy adults (dietary reference intake or DRI: 15 mg/day).

Other hemp goodness

The oil of hemp also contains high concentrations of:

  • phytosterols, known to have beneficial effects on health;
  • chlorophyll, which is shown to be anti-carcinogenic;
  • carotenes, necessary for healthy eyesight and growth; and
  • lecithin, for cell-membrane composition and brain function (1).

New ways to bump up blood EPA levels: SDA

We usually focus on EPA and DHA fatty acids, found abundantly in cold-water fatty fish and seafood. These fats have numerous cardiovascular and metabolic benefits.

The other omega-3s, such as ALA, are often down-played because they don’t appear to have the same physiological properties as EPA and DHA.

Thus, fish oil is an increasingly popular supplement that people consider a staple of their health regimen. But, as we’ve pointed out here, fish sources are becoming depleted.

The omega-3 fatty acid SDA is now being recognized as another beneficial fat, and is considered a “pro-EPA” fat (6).

In other words, it converts to EPA. Indeed, when humans consume SDA, blood content of EPA in phospholipids can double (7, 8).

SDA is an intermediate in the omega-3 pathway from ALA to EPA (see below), but does not accumulate in blood lipids like ALA (9). So, this special omega-3 fat is converted completely to its downstream products, most importantly EPA (7, 9).

SDA can increase the overall blood omega-3 index, considered to be an important factor for cardiovascular disease (10).

Oils rich in SDA, such as hemp, provide a plant source of SDA.


Conversion to EPA and DHA

GLA: Control your weight?

Gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, is another significant component of hemp (1–6%, depending on species of Cannibis).

GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that has impacts ranging from inflammation and vascular tone to initiation of contractions during childbirth.

GLA has been found to alleviate psoriasis, atopic eczema, and PMS, and may also benefit cardiovascular, psychiatric, and immunological disorders.

Aging and disease (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) have been shown to impair GLA metabolism, making dietary sources desirable.

GLA supplementation may be helpful for body weight regulation after significant weight loss (11).

Researchers studied obese women who lost a large amount of weight (~60 lbs) and provided them 890 mg of GLA from 5 g of borage oil (to give ~1 g of GLA to each person), or a placebo (olive oil), for one year following weight loss.

The women not receiving the GLA regained over 16 lbs in the subsequent year. Those who received GLA only regained 4 lbs.

The proposed mechanisms for this effect include:

  1. Increased arachadonic acid (AA) levels in blood lipids due to GLA supplementation. Obese individuals and those with metabolic syndrome usually have lower AA levels in tissue lipids (12, 13). Further, increased AA in blood lipids is related to enhanced lipid sensitivity, down-regulation of lipogenesis (creation of new fat), up-regulation of lipid oxidation, and increased leptin secretion (10, 11).
  2. Conversion of GLA to its elongation product, DGLA, which has anti-inflammatory effects, via production of beneficial eicosanoids that may operate in weight gain suppression (11).

Hemp oil contains ~450 mg of GLA per tablespoon. To achieve an intake of ~1 g of GLA you need 2 tablespoons per day.

Although you can achieve the same dose of GLA with a smaller dose of borage or evening primrose oil, hemp oil is the only natural food oil that doesn’t require packing into supplement form. Also, it’s a higher-yielding crop that is much easier to cultivate.


Hemp seeds provide all essential amino acids. The seeds contain 25–35% protein, and some of the hemp protein products today contain as much as 70% protein per 100 grams – similar to whey protein isolate.

The protein in hemp comes from two high-quality storage proteins, edestin and albumin, which are easily digested.

When compared to soy protein isolate, the protein in hemp might actually be superior due to the higher content of some essential amino acids and methionine, cysteine and arginine (14).

Overall, the protein makeup of hemp is highly complete, highly absorbable, and hypoallergenic. It’s also a sustainable and earth-friendly source of amino acids.


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