Sunday, October 22, 2006

Review: Living Harvest Hemp Oil

My beady little eyes always light up when a company goes to the trouble to put their products in glass--yes! Living Harvest makes a raw, expeller-pressed organic hemp oil that it a treat. Drizzle it on veggies, rice, use as a dipping oil if you're still eating bread.

Also, hemp seed oil has a well balanced ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), and Gamma Linoleic Acid (same as in Evening Primrose Oil). Hemp seed oil contains the highest amount of Essential Fatty Acids of any vegetable oil and it;s high in natural occurring antioxidants such as vitamin E and chlorophyll.

Not to mention that hemp is an easily grown, sustainable products that the doodyheads in the government (most recently, Arnie) refuse to let U.S. farmers grow because of it's association with marijuana. So support hemp products, and when the corporations see there's money to be made, we'll see that law disappear pretty fast, I think.

Wait, there's more! The extra-extra nutritive bonus of hemp is that it contains all the essential amino acids in addition to the fatty acids. Most plants are missing one or two aminos, which is why certain clever combinations food evolved: rice, corn and beans, rice and soybeans, etc. to form a complete protein. These acids are "essential" because you need them to function and your body CANNOT product them.

The University of Arizona's Biology Project gives the following summary:
"The essential amino acids (that we cannot produce internally) are arginine (required for the young, but not for adults), histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. These amino acids are required in the diet. ..

...The failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids has serious health implications and can result in degradation of the body's proteins. Muscle and other protein structures may be dismantled to obtain the one amino acid that is needed. "Unlike fat and starch, the human body does not store excess amino acids for later, the amino acids must be in the food every day."(Biology Project)


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