Cocavo Hemp Oil is natural, un-refined and hand processed in a way that maintains the nutritional properties and quality of nature’s most unsaturated oil.
This delicate oil, with a flavourful nutty taste, can be used in a wide range of recipes such as sauces, dips, spreads, marinades and salad dressings. It may also be added to protein shakes and smoothies.
Read more about Hemp Oil below.
What is hemp oil?
Hemp seed is renowned for its nutritional and general health benefits and is composed of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Benefits of hemp seed oil relate to its 3:1 ratio of two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic (LA) and a-linolenic acid (LNA). These polyunsaturated fatty acids are especially beneficial to the heart.
Hemp oil as a source of healthy fats
Healthy fats are those which contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Due to hemp oil’s high concentration of GLA, regular consuming may be helpful for those who do not eat fish or eggs to reach their recommended daily intake of healthy fat. Research has found that having a diet high in healthy fats can improve sensitivity to insulin and stabilize heart rhythm.
Anti-cancer properties of hemp oil
Cannabinoids (CBD) have been used to manage symptoms in patients with cancer and are present in small amounts in hemp seed oil. One study showed that cannabinoid extracts inhibited the growth of lung adenocarcinoma cells. Further tests have demonstrated antiproliferative, proapoptotic, and antiangiogenic effects of CBD on breast, prostate, and skin malignancies. However, it is important to note that other studies have found that cannabinoids may also stimulate tumor growth.
Hemp oil is thought to be high in dietary fiber, the edible part of a plant that is not digested or absorbed by the small intestine. Studies have shown that frequent consumption of fiber is associated with improved weight control.
Can help oil help lower cholesterol levels?
One area that has been researched extensively is the use of hemp oil to treat cardiovascular conditions because of the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Like other unsaponifiable vegetable oils (eg, rapeseed and soybean oils), hemp oil appears to be effective in lowering cholesterol levels due to the β-sitosterols present.
Is hemp oil safe?
When used topically, some people may experience mild irritation from hemp oil. It is therefore suggested that people wishing to use hemp oil on skin first test the oil on a small area of skin (patch test).
Oral consumption of hemp oil may lead to the development of digestive problems due to its high-fat content. To avoid this side effect, only small amounts should be consumed at first. Research has also shown that the oil can interact with blood thinners. Thus, it is important to seek medical advice before consuming hemp oil to ensure that there are no contraindications or possible drug interaction risks.
There are many potential health benefits to using hemp oil for topical treatment of skin conditions and to lowering cholesterol. However, more research is needed regarding its effect on tumor growth and its interaction with commonly used medications.
Cooking with Hemp Oil
Cocavo’s Hemp Seed Oil is cold-pressed from the raw shelled hemp seed for a delicate nutty flavor. No other vegetable oil offers essential fatty acids at such high concentrations. While you don’t want to make stir-fry with this oil, you can absolutely make endless recipes with this delicate green magic.
Hemp oil has the ideal 3:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio, which helps with many different skin issues, can reduce cholesterol, help heal skin cells, and may even prevent skin cancer.
It is very easy to cook with hemp seed oil. To obtain the most nutritional benefits of eating hemp seed oil, you should try to eat it cold. When hemp seed oil is cooked at a high temperature, it smokes, which breaks down the oil, changes the taste and removes the key nutrients. Therefore, you shouldn’t heat hemp oil to more than a lukewarm temperature.
Luckily, hemp seed oil is delicious when drizzled on top of salads, vegetables or pizza. It can be a great base for salad dressings, and a lovely alternative to olive oil when added to quinoa and rice. You can also blend the oil into soup, smoothies or dips such as hummus and pesto. If you are feeling really experimental you can pour hemp seed oil over a bowl of ice cream à la Jamie Oliver, who said it gives the ice cream a lovely nutty, subtle flavor!
If you have any questions regarding Cocavo, contact us using the information below:
Phone: +64 9 9719482
PO Box 11010 Whangarei Mail Centre, Whangarei, 0110