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Nutiva launches organic hemp oil that is balanced by nature

Posted on July 22, 2002

Delicious oil loaded with nutritious vitamin-E, omega-3, GLA, and other key EFAs

Ojai, California — The company that pioneered the original hemp nutrition bar in 1999 is leading the way once again by launching the only certified organic hemp oil and gel capsules widely distributed in the U.S. Nutiva’s delicious organic hemp oil is packed with nutritional value. As more and more clinical studies demonstrate the critical role played by Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) for enhancing and maintaining health, people in North America are finally realizing the incredible nutritional value of hemp oil.

Why are EFAs so important to the modern diet?

Two fatty acids, omega-6 linoleic acid and omega-3 linolenic acid, must be obtained from the diet and are therefore known as “essential.” 90% of Americans do not consume enough omega-3, one of the most important EFAs that are known as the “good fats” doctors recommend as part of a balanced diet. Extensive studies have demonstrated that many common illnesses are related to EFA deficiencies. Clinical studies have also proven that dietary supplementation with EFAs or their metabolites (such as gamma-linolenic acid — GLA) will often prevent or even cure these illnesses. Medical professionals including the renowned Dr. Andrew Weil commonly recommend EFA-rich hemp and flax for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. EFAs also play an important role in reducing heart disease, depression, and PMS.

Excess trans-fat, a form of harmful hydrogenated fat from sources such as deep-fried food, often blocks the body’s metabolic processes. Hemp oil has a content of 80% polyunsaturated fat, the highest ratio of “good fat” of any vegetable seed oil. Replacing trans-fats with hemp oil can correct EFA deficiency and improves metabolism. Hemp oil is also a unique plant source of a rare omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) as well as another rare fatty acid — steridonic acid (SDA). Modern-day diets and sluggish enzyme activities often impair the synthesis of GLA in the body, which may cause GLA deficiency. GLA is associated with hair and nail growth and can reduce inflammation of joints. GLA is also the key regulator of T-lymphocyte functions in the immune system and is involved in cell metabolism and growth.

Recommendations by health officials with the World Health Organization, Health Canada, Japan and Sweden recommend a four to one ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. With a ratio of at least three to one, hemp oil is the closest to this range of any naturally occurring oil.

Unlike other omega-rich alternatives such as flax, primrose, borage or fish oils that are sold mainly as supplements, hemp oil has a “nutty” flavor that makes it a healthy and tasty addition to recipes. While flax is higher in omega –3 than hemp, it contains no GLA or SDA. Thus vegetarians will appreciate the fact that hemp oil is closer to fish oil of any vegetable oil. In addition to a well-balanced omega profile, hemp oil is more stable and has a longer shelf life than flax, due in part to hemp’s high content of Vitamin-E (3 times as much as flax). Furthermore, flax oil can oxidize in the body before being absorbed, leading some doctors to recommend an antioxidant for those taking flax.

Nutiva hemp oil — organic and fresh is best!

Nutiva uses only certified organic, non-GMO Canadian hempseed. To prevent oxidation, preserve freshness and ensure that valuable enzymes are not destroyed, our Hemp Oil is is expeller pressed at low temperatures, nitrogen-flushed, produced in small batches, and shipped and stored in refrigerated light-resistant units. Nutiva’s Hemp Oil is offered in both an 8-oz bottle and a bottle of 90 gel supplement capsules –with a suggested retail price of $11.95 for each.

Nutiva’s Hemp Oil has a light emerald green color derived from the natural chlorophyll content and a delicious and mild nutty flavor that complements other foods. It is recommended as a base for salad dressings and pasta oils, and as a healthy ingredient that provides a rich, creamy texture for steamed veggies, cottage cheese, smoothies, and sauces. Nutiva Hemp Oil is also a wonderful massage oil that moisturizes and feeds nutrients to the body through the skin.

Nutiva — nourishing people & planet

When customers purchase Nutiva Hemp Oil, they cast a vote for a healthier world. Not only does Nutiva use the finest non-GMO organic ingredients grown without pesticides and herbicides, the company also donates 1% of sales to groups that promote sustainable agriculture. Nutiva is one of the industry leaders that sued the federal DEA in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court issued a stay in March 2002 — thus blocking the Agency from enforcing their unreasonable hemp rules that were proposed in October 2001. A positive decision by the Court is expected in the coming year.

Founded in 1999, Nutiva offers deliciously healthy hemp and flax foods including nutritious hemp and flax food bars, hemp oil and capsules, and shelled hempseed. Nutiva’s products are offered nationwide by more than one thousand natural food retailers, including Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats.

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