The omega 3 and 6 in the hemp seeds are another of the strong points of hemp. With its excellent contribution of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the famous Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and Omega 6 (linoleic acid). The first is found in the oils of the hemp seed at 20% and the second at 50%. It also contains amounts of another acid of the class of Omega 6 (gamma-linolenic acid) between 1 and 4% and steardonic acid of 0.5 to 2%. (1)
But the most significant at this point is the ideal balance between Omega 3 and 6. It is already known that other vegetable oils also contain these polyunsaturated acids, however in the case of hemp seeds the high content of these acids is very significant. polyunsaturated fatty acids and the extraordinary balance between them.
In the oil that contains hemp seeds the ratio between Omega 6 and 3 is 3: 1, with an adequate concentration of Omega 3. “The nutrition societies of Germany, Austria and Switzerland recommend a ratio of 4: 1 to 5 : 1, but taking into account that in Western European diets the current ratio is around 10: 1 (due to the constant increase in the intake of omega-6 fatty acids especially for its inclusion in processed food products) The use of hemp seed oil is close to the recommended level, which is of great importance, since high omega-6 to omega-3 ratios promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular, autoimmune and cancer, while decreasing this ratio (omega-6 / omega-3), that is to say increasing the omega-3, the beneficial effects for the health are obtained “. (2)
Studies and scientific research have shown that a poor ratio between Omega 6 and 3 in the body can impair the immune responses of our body.
Keep in mind that the saturated fatty acids in hemp seeds are present in a very low concentration. This makes them very recommendable because it is well known the excess of these in the modern diet and the problems that this entails for our health.
Associated health benefits
- The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids present in hemp seeds are the so-called healthy fats. The balance between Omega 6 and 3 present in the oil of hemp seeds is considered ideal for human intake and beneficial for health.
- The gamma-linolenic acid present in hemp seeds has been linked to a decrease in inflammation and, therefore, a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. (3)
- Both alpha linolenic acid (Omega 3) and linoleic acid (Omega 6) help maintain normal levels of blood cholesterol. If we observe the nutritional values of the hemp seed we will observe that it has 5.13 g per 100g of alpha linolenic acid (Omega 3). A single dose of 30 g of hemp seeds already provide 1.54 g of Omega 3. These data are relevant because according to the Regulation that establishes the list of authorized declarations of health properties of food, the beneficial effect for health It is obtained with a daily intake of 2 g of this fatty acid. (4)
- There is scientific evidence that both oil and hemp seeds can positively influence the symptoms of eczema, such as itching or pain (5).