Hemp ~ It Does Your Heart Good

It’s Valentine’s Day – a day when the heart symbol is abundantly shared with loved ones.

The heart is, of course, one of the most important organs in the human body and needs to be taken care of well. Proper nutrition and exercise are 2 major factors for keeping the heart healthy.

Inadequate nutrients and unhealthy foods can contribute to an unhealthy heart, and poor nutrition can contribute to high blood pressure and cholesterol – which in turn contributes to heart disease.

Eating clean and nutrient-dense foods, along with healthy fats (essential fatty acids and Omega fatty acids) are necessary to help keep the heart healthy.

The body needs fats, but it needs GOOD fats (not saturated and trans fats). Hempseed and hempseed oil contain Omega fatty acids, which are long-chain polyunsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats will not contribute to cholesterol, but will in fact help REDUCE cholesterol from bad fats. Phytosterols, which are also present in hemp, help to lower blood cholesterol.

The Omega fatty acids in hemp also help with circulation and help maintain artery elasticity and health.

If you want to be good to your heart – eat hemp!

Treating Cardiovascular Disease With Hemp

Every 35 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease. Nearly 10% of Americans have heart disease, and cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer in the United States.

Cardiovascular disease is a general term that covers many types of heart/vascular ailments.  Cardiovascular disease is damage to the heart and/or blood vessels, and this damage is caused by atherosclerosis (excess fat build-up – plaque) in the arteries.

Healthy arteries are elastic, flexible, and very strong. They carry oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body. However, when they are clogged with fatty buildup they cause the blood pressure to raise. This pressure, if not treated, will cause the arteries to become hard, which in turn makes it difficult for them to circulate the needed oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Cardiovascular disease is caused by many factors : smoking, being overweight (which can also be reduced by incorporating hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the diet), lack of exercise, and unhealthy eating habits.

Adding hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to the diet is a great way to start the path to a healthier heart (along with exercise, stopping smoking, consuming healthier foods). The Omega fatty acids in hemp are in the perfect 3:1 ratio – optimum for the human body. The polyunsaturated fats in hemp are a perfect replacement for saturated fats in the diet and can reduce blood cholesterol levels. The LA in hemp seed may reduce arterial thrombosis.

Omega 6 fatty acid and GLA have been shown to decrease cholesterol.

Omega 3 fatty acid helps aid in arterial elasticity, as well as promoting healthy cells and blood vessels.

Introducing hemp seeds and hemp seed oil into the daily diet may prevent or reduce the instance of heart disease.

Hemp is definitely good for you…and your heart.

Hemp Hearts For Heart Health

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 1/3 of Americans suffer from high blood pressure and high levels of bad cholesterol.

The ‘bad’ or LDL cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, or heart disease (which is the number 1 killer in the U.S.). LDL cholesterol is a sticky substance found in the blood, and is one of the main contributors to plaque in the arteries. LDL is produced naturally by the body, but the unhealthy levels are attributed to the intake of saturated fatty acids (a few examples of fatty acids: propionic acid, butyric acid, caproic acid, capric acid, lauric acid).

Following are more statistics according to the CDC:

* 68 million adults 18 and older have high blood pressure or are taking blood-pressure lowering drugs. That’s 31% of the adult population.
* only one-third of these patients are getting treatment and less than half of these adults have their hypertension under control
* 86% of adults with uncontrolled high blood pressure have some form of health insurance

When it comes to high levels of bad cholesterol, the numbers aren’t very different:

* 71 million or 33.5% of adults 20 and older have high bad cholesterol levels
* 34 million (48.1%) are getting treatment and only 23 million (33.2%) have their cholesterol levels under control
* 82% of those with uncontrolled high cholesterol have some form of health insurance

“Treatment for this disease accounts for $1 in every $6 U.S. health dollars spent,” according to a CDC press release.

Lowering the levels of LDL cholesterol and blood pressure are very important, and doing so will save a lot of lives, as well as money.

Substituting polyunsaturated fats for the saturated fats is a great way to get on the road to reducing cholesterol. Intake of Omega 6 and GLA, which are found in hempseed, has been shown to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol.

Phytosterols, also found in hempseed, have been shown to reduce LDL and cholesterol. Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, are in fact a fat are similar to cholesterol. It seems strange to think that “cholesterol” lowers LDL. Cholesterol is needed for metabolism, so “good” cholesterol does, in fact, do your body good!

Phytosterols help your body to get rid of the excess cholesterol, and they do so in a way that will not harm your kidneys or liver.

Hempseed has the perfect ration of Omegas for human consumption and is an excellent source of phytosterols to aid in lowering LDL cholesterol.

Add hemp to your diet, your heart will love you for it.