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What’s the deal with Omega-3?

It turns out this essential fat is critical for good health in a number of ways, including for the heart, eyes, and skin, but especially for the brain, where the body uses Omega-3 fats to regenerate neurons. Check out this Healthline article to learn about some of the other benefits of Omega-3.

The most common sources of Omega-3 are fish and grass-fed land animals, but with overfishing and polluted waters making eating fish expensive and potentially unsafe, and because most of our land meat comes from industrial systems that feed animals grain, we’re no longer getting enough of this important nutrient. Some argue that this is an important underlying factor of the developed world’s health epidemic.

So what plant-based sources of Omega-3 are available? There are two: Flax and … *drum roll please* … HEMP! That’s right, hemp seeds are rich in Omega-3 fats and even a rare but important Omega-6 fat called GLA.

While flax doesn’t taste that great and contains mostly Omega-3, hemp seed oil has a mild nutty flavor and actually has a 3-to-1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 that is ideal for human health. That means you can have as much hemp seed oil as you want without upsetting your Omega balance, which is just as important.

How to buy hemp seed oil rich in Omega-3

However, not all hemp seed oil is made the same. It can be processed poorly and can go rancid if not handled properly. That’s why it’s important to buy your hemp seed oil from local small artisanal businesses that source their seeds from American farmers and cold press them with care.

That’s exactly the kind of hemp seed oil that we sell here at Cascadia Hemp Co. We support two local brands that make excellent hemp seed oil, with one even making delicious naturally flavored options:

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Hemp hearts, which are shelled hemp seeds, also include Omega-3 along with easily-digestible and allergen-free protein as well as a host of super healthy vitamins and minerals. These same brands offer top-quality American-made hemp hearts for those lucky enough to find them (that’s you!):

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You can’t cook with hemp seed oil due to its low smoke point, but you can put it in smoothies and drizzle it on all kinds of dishes, including salad, hummus, and pasta. Many folks even take it raw as a daily supplement. Similarly, hemp hearts can be sprinkled on all sorts of foods, including yogurt, oatmeal, and salads, or eaten raw as a snack.

Support your health and local small business by stocking up on these Omega-3-rich hemp seed foods today!

Learn more about Omega-3 fats

We also highly recommend learning more about Omega-3 from one of the world’s top scientists on the topic. Dr. Bill Harris has been studying Omega-3 for over 40 years and shares numerous insights in this podcast interview. His company, OmegaQuant, even offers an Omega-3 index test to see if you’re deficient.

michael pollan Omnivores DilemmaTo learn more about the industrialized food system and the many health and environmental problems it causes, we recommend reading Michael Pollan’s New York Times bestselling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It will change your perspective on food and your relationship to where it comes from.

In this new age where people are overfed but undernourished, we have to take our health and nutrition into our own hands. That means being a well-informed eater and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. A key part of that journey is recognizing the importance of Omega fats, especially Omega-3, and learning how best to incorporate this invaluable nutrient into your diet. With that, hemp can help!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our hemp seed oil rich in Omega-3 fats or how to place your order today. We’re here to help!

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