Hempoil and Neurodermatitis
The medical use of hempseed oil has been known for centuries. Up to now however, science was only concerned with hempseed oil as an active component..
Therefore Hempseed oil as a contributor of the essential fatty acids linoleic, alpha and linolenic acid and above all linolenic-gamma acid (GLA) is widely unknown. At the same time however less than 100 grammes of hempseed (i.e. 30 grammes of hempseed oil) is sufficiant for the daily needs of essential fatty acids. A view of the compound of fatty acids which make up hempseed shows a high proportion of polyunsaturated fat.:
Alpha- linolenic acid
and the rare GLA
Cold-pressed Hempseed oil can play an exceedingly important role as a medicine or nutritional supplement in its contribution of linoleic and linolenic acid. Hempseed oil is a very good edible oil and the only oil which contains Gamma-linolenic acid. It can therefore be integrated into the diet of neurodermatitis sufferers. This is particularly important for patients who have difficulties with taking medication.
A deficiency of the essential fatty acids can cause skin mutations or variances as in the case of Neurodermatitis. Essential fatty acids are instrumental in the protection function of the skin. They regulate the transepidermal loss of water, which would occur over the cuticles. These symptoms rise with lack of the essential fatty acids. Treatment of Neurodermatitis using these essential fatty acids can be carried out in two ways: The conventional treatment is normally to take linoleic acid and GLA orally. The application of linoleic acid in a gel form is also possible. The enzymatic conversion of linoleic acid in GLA is disrupted in the patient and the deficiency of long chain fatty acids emerges. By the selective administering of GLA, this can be balanced out.
Its effectiveness is backed up by analyses
There have been numerous analyses carried out in the study of the therapeutic impact of linoleic acid and GLA. Wright & Burton 1982 carried out an analysis with 99 adults and children. The patients received 360 mg of linoleic acid and 45 mg of GLA 12 times per day for 12 weeks. The result was a significant improvement in the pathology of their skin. In total a 30% improvement was achieved. The treatment also contained no side effects. The applied dose was equivalent to about 12 times 1.5 g of hempseed oil. In a study done by Fiocchi and his colleagues (1994), children (aged 11.4 months on average) were treated with 3g of GLA per day over the course of 28 days in order to counteract Neurodermatitis. This would be about 100 ml of hempseed oil. The treatment proved to be safe and efficient causing no side effects.
Aanstey and his colleagues (1990) carried out a controlled placebo double-blind study in which a cream containing GLA was examined on 12 patients suffering from Neurodermatitis over the course of 12 weeks. Following an assessment of the patients, the cream containing GLA was superior to placebo. The conversion of hempseeds and hempseed oil into an active substance goes as follows...
The absorption of 1g of GLA requires 100 g of hempseeds or 30 ml of hempseed oil. To meet the daily need of linoleic acid, less than 20 ml of hempseed oil or 50 g of hempseed is necessary.
Up to now, treatment of neurodermatitis was done with evening primrose and borage oils. These oils, which are mainly produced abroad, show no therapeutic advantages over hempseed oil and are also significantly more expensive.
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