There’s a strong debate related to the consumption of fish oil and hemp oil capsules, with groups of people promoting either the former or the later. But which side is backed by science? This brief article should shed some light on the matter, so stick around!
Fish Oil: Friend or Foe?
Let’s see if the fish oil is as good for us as it was thought to be for quite a long time. What everyone agrees on is that many fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, especially the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
The human body can’t make these acids, but does need them in order to stay healthy. These beneficial fatty acids aid in the good functioning of the brain, normal growth in children, and inflammation. For many decades, people used to drink fish oil in the morning, but in recent times fish oil pills, as supplements, have been created to make the process easier.
The problem is that recent studies found no clear connection between taking fish oil supplements and the health benefits this oil is praised for. It appears that it is better to eat the fish instead of purchasing the supplements. The main reason is that fish and fish oil spoil really fast. It’s easier to tell when the fish goes bad than it is to tell if a capsule went bad.
The reality is that most supplements with fish oil are actually rancid and this poses a lot of risks for your health, unlike with the hemp seed oil omega 3. On top of it, when making these pills, oil from several types of fish is collected. The downside of it is that some of the fish may have a higher concentration of mercury and other harmful substances.
The recommended dose for an adult is of about 4 grams of fish oil per day. There are several negative side effects one can notice when consuming this type of oil, and most of them have to do with the digestive system – either stomach aches, stomach upset, bad breath, and unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Hemp Oil: Does it Really Heal All?
Hemp oil comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, and has been used for thousands years due to its health benefits. The light or dark green colored liquid is a great source of essential fatty acids, containing more than the necessary daily dose in one tablespoon. But, is hemp oil really as healing as it’s made out to be?
It is not a drug
Hemp oil does not contain any of the psychoactive substances found in cannabis, such as THC and CBD. Its production is regulated and tests are ran constantly to ensure the oil is safe to consume without causing mood changes. Although many people are still wary of consuming hemp seeds oil due to its link to the cannabis plant, this oil provides several health benefits that are worth considering and is regarded as a supplement.
Promotes healthy skin and nails
This oil is often used as a cure for eczema, itchiness, and skin dryness. When used regularly, hemp oil moisturizes the skin, reduces irritation and can fight psoriasis. In addition, it has antioxidant properties that can help fight the ageing process.
It’s a superfood
Hemp oil is packed with essential fatty acids such as DHA, en element that plays a big role in the good functioning of the brain. The oil is safe for pregnant women to consume and might help with the development of the newborn.
Promotes heart health
Hemp oil contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which prevent heart disease and support the heart. Furthermore, the Omega 3 acids are responsible for regulating mood, decreasing anxiety, and boosting the immune system. While one can find omega 3 and omega 6 in fish oil as well, the hemp seed oil provides a mercury free alternative making it safer for consumption. Hemp seed oil is particularly recommended during the cold season as it can prevent flu and promote good digestion.
Helps with mood regulation
As stated before, hemp seed oil can help aid depression, mood swings and anxiety. It has been discovered that Omega 3 acids are powerful mood regulators and can even help in treating bipolar disorder, along traditional medicine.
At first sight the composition of the two oils is similar, but what sets them apart is the ratio. The fish oil contains 7 times more omega 3 than it contains omega 6, while the doctors recommend a dose of 1:4 of omega-3 to 6 for optimal health. We should add that hemp is a much more sustainable and ethical resource when compared to fish.