Dietary Hemp: An Ideal Ratio of omega-3 and -6

Ah, the human body! It’s complex, sophisticated and its multiple components work in harmonious synergy with each other. That said, nutrition helps us optimize our physical and mental health. With even basic knowledge, humans can influence their overall state of health by making informed and calculated choices. Our body needs both macronutrients, such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It’s a matter of survival!

Let’s take lipids—or fats—as an example. This macronutrient often causes confusion among the general public. While some people believe a low-fat diet is the best way to prevent disease and lose weight, not all fats are unhealthy. In fact, consuming essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as omega 3s and 6s improves physical and emotional health. And since humans do not synthesize EFAs, they must get it from their food.

Omega-3 and -6
Omega is essential and has many benefits. It supports optimal cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels. It also helps treat mood disorders such as depression and certain psychiatric conditions, and is known to strengthen the immune system. When it comes to common knowledge, omega-6 get less press than omega-3 because the traditional diet in Quebec includes more omega 6s. In terms of proportions, the perfect ratio is 3:1 for omega-6 and omega-3, respectively. However, most westerners tend to eat a ratio of 10:1. Since few foods contain omega-3 naturally, these essential nutrients must be added to your diet on a daily basis to achieve the optimal balance.

Hemp—An Ideal Ratio of Omegas
Dietary hemp is the only plant source that contains these EFAs in ideal proportions. What’s more, it’s super easy to incorporate it into your everyday eating habits: not only does it come in many edible forms, such as seeds, flour and oil, but it’s also organically cultivated right here in Quebec! Check out our directory of recipes for inspiration—you’ll find it’s easy to add this superfood to your regular meals. In a way that’s both straightforward and delicious, you’ll be doing wonders for your health while enhancing your favourite dishes. This is functional food at its best!

If you have questions about the benefits of hemp, feel free to contact us—we’d be happy to get in touch. It’s our mission to encourage a balanced lifestyle and be a handy resource.