How Hempseed Can Slow Premature Aging Due To Chronic Inflammation


Inflammation. We have all experienced it.  For the most part, inflammation is GOOD, it is part of the immune response system that tells us when there is infection, stress, illness, or injury.  We then (usually) take the steps necessary to remedy the condition that caused the inflammation in the first place.

Chronic inflammation, however, is a key cause in disease and premature cellular aging. Below is a partial list of diseases causes by inflammation:

  • Colitis
  • Arthritis
  • Lupis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Neuropathy

Inflammation can be chronic, and linger for months, even years.  In some cases, the immune system sees the inflamed tissues as “foreign.”

Sometimes, chronic inflammation may persist even without significant infection – either because the inflammation response has become too sensitive or because the immune system begins to perceive some of the body’s own tissues as foreign. As it turns out, aging is associated with the increase in both of these unwelcome forms of chronic inflammation. As we age, we tend to develop autoimmune conditions as well as other forms of chronic inflammation. The majority of older people have some degree of low-grade inflammation and/or mild autoimmune disorders (and some have moderate or severe forms, of course). It is no wonder that chronic inflammation contributes to the aging process because it floods tissues with free radicals and promotes the destruction of normal cells. Like most mechanisms of aging, chronic inflammation creates a vicious cycle. The aging process tends to increase the level of chronic inflammation and that, in turn, accelerates aging.  While chronic inflammation contributes to the aging of many tissues, it is particularly prominent in the aging of the cardiovascular and nervous system – the two systems most vital to our survival. Inflammation is now recognized as one of the key risk factors for heart disease and stroke, an even bigger risk factor than high cholesterol or homocysteine, according to some estimates. ~ smartskincare.com

The question now is, “How do I keep inflammation under control?”

First, you will need to know the factors that contribute to inflammation – injury, illness, stress, toxins, smoking, hazardous chemicals, environmental pollution, poor nutrition, and even chemicals in foods that we eat.

Second, you will need to (as much as you can, if possible) reduce the stressors that cause the inflammation.  Some of the most obvious remedies are to stop smoking, learn to de-stress, and improve nutrition.

Proper nutrition is only one way to combat inflammation. More specifically, eating hempseed and hempseed oil. Hempseed has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids required by the human body.  Omega fatty acids are the key nutrients in reducing inflammation. They feed and rejuvenate the cells, help with new cell growth, and keep the cellular structure strong and pliant. Omega fatty acids also improve the cell’s ability to use the nutrients that are ingested.

Hemp is also rich in antioxidants – oxidation is also one of the key factors of cellular aging.

Incorporating hemp into the diet is only one of the steps that one can take to reduce inflammation and premature aging, but it IS a delicious step.

Inflammation, Cancer, and How Hemp May Be Able to Prevent Them


Cancer. It’s one word that no one wants to hear in their diagnosis. It is certain that most of us in one way or another have been touched by cancer or know someone who has. However, cancer is no longer a guaranteed early death sentence.

Cancer research has come a long way. There are medicines that help treat cancer or kill it. An IMPORTANT factor in cancer recovery is nutrition. And what better way to beat cancer than with the world’s most perfect, healthy plant?

Cancer can be caused my numerous factors. Some say there is a genetic link – that some cancers run through family generations. Poor diet, smoking, injury, illness, environmental toxins, inflammation – these can all have a hand in the appearance of cancer.

Studies have shown that inflammation is the cause of many diseases and illnesses, including cancer.

This study by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James) found that inflammation stimulates a rise in levels of a molecule called microRNA-155 (miR-155).

This, in turn, causes a drop in levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, resulting in a higher rate of spontaneous gene mutations, which can lead to cancer.” (www.sciencedaily.com)

Chronic inflammation is a major cause of cancer in the world because it releases powerful oxidants which both stimulate cell division and are mutagens.” (users.rcn.com)

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants.  Inflammation is a protective attempt by the organism to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. Inflammation is not a synonym for infection, even in cases where inflammation is caused by infection. Although infection is caused by a microorganism, inflammation is one of the responses of the organism to the pathogen.” (Wikipedia)

Below are some causes of inflammation:

Immune reactions

Infection

Physical injury

Toxins

Trauma

Irritants (chemical, abrasive, etc.)

Burns/cuts/scrapes

Bacteria

Anxiety/depression

Poor diet

All of the above conditions can affect the immune system, and when the immune system kicks in this is what can happen:

Pro-inflammatory cytokines are part of our immune systems that attack and kill cells with oxidative chemicals. If they don’t stop their attacks, they will start killing cells our bodies need. Unchecked inflammation is now thought to be responsible for cardiovascular disease and cancers.” (http://www.mnwelldir.org)

It is also believed that chronic inflammation is the result of low oxygen in the cells.

So, you may be asking, where does hemp come into play in all this?

If you recall, above I mentioned that poor nutrition can be a factor in inflammation. If the cells are not getting the nutrients they need they become unhealthy.

For example, hemp has the perfect ratio of Omega fatty acids. Fatty acids work to keep the cells healthy and strong, and keep the membranes supple for nutrients to easily pass in. Omega fatty acids are also the components in hemp that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Hemp has edestin protein, the protein closest to human globulin (and it is easily digested by the body). Edestin protein boosts the immune system by building what are called immunoglobulins,  edestin works to repair cells, and also maintains cell DNA.

When the DNA in cells is damaged, that can cause cancer. When those damaged cells multiply, they cause cancer to grow.

Hemp is a complete protein and is one of the most nutrient dense plant sources on the earth. Because it is so nutrient dense, it makes it a perfect addition to the diet to improve and sustain health. It has been shown that in some instances poor nutrition have a hand in the occurrence of disease; proper nutrition with plenty of Omega fatty acids, protein, fiber, and micronutrients found in hemp can be the turning point to good health (along with wise diet choices, exercise, and removing as many toxins as possible).

It is a known fact that a nutrient-rich diet can treat or reverse disease. Can hemp cure cancer? Some say yes.

Does a diet rich in hemp help strengthen the body and immune system? That is a definite yes.

Industrial Hemp ~ A Healthy Way To Treat Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease which affects the brain and spinal cord; specifically, it is damage to the myelin sheaths around the axons (an axon is a protrusion that extends from the cell body; its main function is to conduct electrical impulses away from the cell body). It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people in the U.S. have MS, but that number could be higher.

Myelin is the insulating material that is comprised of fatty substances and protein, particularly it is the cell insulator in the spinal cord and the brain. The myelin sheath increases the electrical and nerve impulses released from the cells.

Damage to or loss of the myelin sheath is called demyelation. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative autoimmune disease that can result from demyelation. When the myelin sheath is damaged, the nerve impulses slow down or can even stop. In the instance of multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath and damages it. This causes lesions and scars in the myelin layer.

Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle weakness, slowing of cognitive ability, numbness, tingling, chronic pain, vision weakness, difficulty speaking or swallowing, fatigue, and bladder difficulties.

The causes of multiple sclerosis are not 100% certain, but viral infections and environmental factors may have a part in the onset of the disease.  According to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America,

“Additionally, researchers are now looking at a vitamin D deficiency (vitamin D may be derived from both sunshine and diet), along with the types and amounts of fat intake in one’s diet, as possible contributing factors of MS.”

It seems to appear more frequently in nations that are industrialized, and in nations where there is a lower intake of unsaturated fatty acids. Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and low levels of vitamin D were found in patients who were diagnosed with MS.

Currently there is no cure for MS. There are, however, treatments available. Treatment of MS may include prescription medication (there are now 6 drugs available for MS), however, there are adverse side affects from those drugs.

Another way that people are managing their MS is by diet. Adequate intake of vitamin D and essential fatty acids (Omega fatty acids) will help.

Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have a 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, the perfect ratio for the human body. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and edestin protein.

Hemp is a known anti-inflammatory; the Omega 3 fatty acids in hemp reduce inflammation. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil also help with vision, cognitive ability (the brain is mainly composed of Omega 3 fatty acids), cellular repair, depression (which can stem from MS), and strengthening the immune system.

Introducing industrial hemp into the daily diet is an excellent way to treat symptoms arising from multiple sclerosis.

*I am not a physician and everything in this article is from my own personal reading and research and for information only. If you are currently on medication for MS DO NOT STOP TAKING IT. Please talk with your personal care provider before stopping or changing any of your medications.*