New Hemisphere, New Zealand Hemp Seed Oil *GIVEAWAY*
Hemp, Cannabis sativa, originates from western Asia and India and from there spread around the globe. For centuries, fibres were used to make ropes, sails, cloth and paper, while the seeds were used for protein-rich food and feed. Hemp is seen as one of the ultimate energy crops and we are lucky enough to be able to grow this plant in New Zealand for human consumption. Hempseed has an excellent content of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids - up to 80%, the highest of any plant! Essential fatty acids have beneficial effects on our cardiovascular health, arthritis and getting the right balance of omega-3 to omega-6 can help relieve inflammation. Hempseed also has high levels of Vitamin A, C and E and β-carotene, and it is rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium. When compared to Flaxseed Oil, Hemp is King! Hemp Seed Oil has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3. Flax seed oil has a ratio of 1:4 ratio respectively which does not promote the optimum health balance, especially if used long-term (having a diet high in Omega 6 can actually be a contributing factor to inflammation). Hemp oil contains more desirable EFAs than flax and can be used continuously without developing a deficiency or other imbalance of Omega 3. Hemp is the only edible seed containing GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and magnesium-rich chlorophyll, both of which are beneficial in helping with PMS conditions including breast tenderness, bloating, cramping and other discomforts. (girls, I bet you like the sound of that!)
Hempseed Oil has a slight nutty flavour and is so easy to add into your everyday diet - add 1 to 2 tsp daily into smoothies, use in salad dressings and dips. We are big advocates of the use of Hempseed oil as an alternative to Fish Oil due to the fact it is more sustainable, environmentally friendly, taste nicer and contains no traces of mercury (like some fish oils can).
New Hemisphere are located in Ashburton, New Zealand. They are the first ever NZ owned and operated company to be able to grow hemp for the purposes of commercial sale. Their hempseed products are produced from their purpose built premises.
To be in to win check out our Facebook page. The three winners will be drawn on Friday 28th March 2014. *competition open to New Zealand residents only as Hempseed Oil only available in Australia for pet use.