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What to Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is the classic double-edged sword of our immune system.

We need acute inflammation to combat infection, but our modern lifestyles are leading to low level chronic inflammation which is at the core of disease, from heart disease to dementia and even depression.

Diets rich in anti-inflammatory foods, like hemp seed oil, green leafy veg, dark fruits like blueberries and blackberries, nuts, seeds and legumes, naturally reduce inflammation.

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But what is it about this diet that works to lower inflammation?

Many of these foods are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which our bodies convert into endocannabinoids – they’re the cannabinoids we naturally create internally.

One of the reasons why plant-based cannabinoids like THC and CBD (and emerging cannabinoids like CBG and CBN) have such potent medical properties is because they bind to our body’s cannabinoid receptors. This binding causes the body to signal to our nervous system and immune system. In turn, pain and generalised inflammation is reduced naturally.

Eating a diet high in omega essential fatty acids is the best way to increase your endocannabinoid levels and create balance, or “homeostasis”.

Omega 3 to 6 ratio

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are called polyunsaturated fats because they have many double bonds (poly=many).

They’re called essential fatty acids as your body doesn’t have enzymes to produce them by itself, therefore we need to get them from our diet. If we don’t get enough from nutrition, you can develop a deficiency and become sick.

These fatty acids are different to other fats. They are not simply used for energy or stored, they are biologically active. Two of the key roles they play are in processes like blood clotting and inflammation.

Scientists have suggested that diets high in certain omega-6s like LA but low in omega-3s (ALA, EPA, DHA) increases inflammation. However, a diet that includes balanced amounts of each reduces inflammation.

Traditionally humans consumed a diet with around a 1:1 ratio of omega 6 to 3 essential fatty acids. In the modern Western diet we have more like a 16:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.

According to a recent study at Harvard University — Omega-3 deficiency is officially one of the top 10 causes of death in America.

It’s because this deficiency can contribute to chronic inflammation. Underlying chronic inflammation has been linked to the most serious modern diseases, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many types of cancer.

The Top 6 Foods for Omega 3

The best dietary sources of Omega 3 are:

Plant based: hemp seedshemp oil, flax seeds, chia
Animal: organic free range eggs, wild caught salmon

Let’s take a moment on Hemp Seed Oil.

Hemp Seed Oil has a three-to-one ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids which is known to be helpful for lowering the bad cholesterol and reducing inflammation in the body.

Getting the right balance of Omega essential fatty acids is vital for cardiovascular health, enhancing metabolism, supporting joint health, relieving PMS and regulating hormone levels.

Omega-3 ALA converts to DHA which is extremely beneficial for healthy brain, nerve and neurological functions.

In fact, hemp oil is one of the most beneficial oils we’ve found in recent decades. Not only does it have nature’s ideal 3:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio, it’s been shown to support:

Gut Health
Mental health
Sleep health
Skin health

And much, much more!

Thanks to its rich and buttery taste, you can use it in smoothies, salads, vegetables and pasta dishes. Or try it as a moisturiser and say ‘bye, bye’ to fine lines and wrinkles!

Every bottle of Hemple Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil is guaranteed to be:

100% Australian (grown in Victoria and Tasmania)
Non-GMO hemp seed
Non-refined (so it maintains all the omega 3 essential fatty acid benefits)
Our hemp seed oil is nitrogen flushed and in an amber glass bottle. This means the product remains as fresh as possible and the delicate essential fatty acids are protected

So what are you waiting for?