Today, the average person’s intake of omega-6 is much too high, and the intake of omega-3 is much too low; this imbalance correlates to the prevalence of common degenerative diseases. The consumption of processed foods and trans fatty acids also increases levels of LDL (bad cholesterol), which collects on the walls of blood vessels and can cause blockages that build up over time. Trans fatty acids also decrease levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Fortunately, the addition of healthy dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3-6-9) has been shown to improve healthy cholesterol levels.
The Ideal Omega Source
Consumers are demanding natural and sustainable ingredients as a way to promote health and avoid the all too common toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, trans fats and genetically modified organisms.
Hemp boasts a near perfect ratio of omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) to omega-6 (linoleic) essential fatty acids. The ideal ratio is 3:1 and hemp nuts have a ratio of just that, 3.38 parts Omega 6 to 1 part Omega 3, beating out flax seed, which has a 1:4 ratio, and chia seed, which has a 4:3 ratio. Hemp also contains the also beneficial fatty acids gamma-linolenic acid (omega-9), stearidonic acid, and oleic acid.