Hemp oil and fish oil? Why should I choose one over the other and which one is better for me?
If you are asking these questions then you have come to the right place – this article. Here we go into depth about the benefits of both oils and why one might be a better alternative than the other for you and your family.
Hemp Oil vs Fish Oil – straight up
Although fish oil has some negative aspects such as being unsustainable, and can risk of exposure to harmful toxins. It is undeniable that fish oil does have some good benefits for the brain, joints and cardiovascular health. It is a great supplement to add some extra omega 3’s into your diet.
Without sounding bias, The benefits of hemp seed oil are far more plentiful, without the risk of pollutants, and not to mention the environmental impact. The natural balance of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, and the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits hemp seed oil delivers, makes it a hands down winner in our eye’s. Reach for the hemp seed oil to optimise your health, your body will thank you for it.
Why did we come to this decision? Read on to find out….
What we know about hemp seed oil
Hemp Seed Oil is fast becoming a hot topic for health and wellness advocates in Australia, the hemp food industry in the U.S, Canada and Europe has been slowly expanding from the shadows since 1998. It is fast becoming a mainstream superfood for those willing to dodge the stigma that surrounds hemp as a food and start adopting this all natural plant-based seed oil as part of their daily health optimisation.
So what makes hemp seed oil so good, and what do we know about it?
- Hemp seed offers a perfect ratio of (EFA’s) essential fatty acids omega 3 & 6, which is crucial for brain and heart health.
- Hemp seed oil is also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
- It contains conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) which is beneficial for cell membrane growth.
- Has naturally occurring vitamin D, which is vital for calcium absorption. Great for vegans and vegetarians
- It contains beneficial amounts of the omega 6 Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) which assists premenstrual craps and (PMS) and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The omega 6 (GLA) found in hemp seed oil restricts the production of blood inflammatory markers which amongst other things result in joint pain and soreness, making it ideal for those that suffer arthritis, as well as significantly reducing systems of eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Hemp seed oil also contains the highest total phenolic content and antioxidant activity compared other plant based oils, (with the exception of pumpkin seed oil). Naturally occurring phenolic compounds are known to play a key role in reducing the risk of cancer, relieving chronic inflammation, and acting as a powerful antioxidant by promoting free radical elimination.
Although hemp seed oil doesn’t contain EPA and DHA (non-essential fatty acids) which are found in fish naturally, our body can convert SDA (Stearidonic acid) and ALA (Alpha linolenic acid) “essential fatty acids” which are found in hemp into EPA and DHA.
Hemp seed oil overall, is a plant based, all natural and sustainable source of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Industrial hemp crops have a positive impact on the environment as they do not require any nasty chemicals, herbicides or pesticides during the cultivation process.
What we know about fish oil
Fish oil is obtained from the tissues of “oily” fish (such as sardines, salmon, tuna, anchovies etc.), it contains omega-3 fatty acids and two other fatty acids called EPA and DHA, Which have shown to contribute to better heart and brain health. Fish do not have naturally occurring omega 3 fatty acids, but they accumulate it by feeding other fish that have stored these omegas, and other micro-algae in their tissue.
Wild caught and farmed fish all over the world are known to be contaminated with dangerous toxins such as Mercury, Dioxins and PCB’s. Therefore, the British Government Food Standards Agency and others publish public warnings to limit the amount of fish eaten, especially in pregnant women.
Fish oil can often contain unstable ratios of omega 3 & 6, often seven times more than daily required intake which can have negative health consequences. Compared to the perfect ratio (1:4) found in hemp seed oil.
Yes, we sell hemp seed oil at Hemp Factory but the truth is, we sell it because of all of the above (the huge health benefits it contains). Why not give it a try? We now offer free shipping in Australia!
Thank you for reading!