Tried Hemp yet?

The term “Hemp Oil” can refer to a full spectrum of oils from the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp seed oil, which is oil that comes specifically only from the seeds of the hemp plant.

The risk of intoxication from hemp oil is exceptionally low as all forms of hemp oil come from food grade strains of hemp. In a study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, authors noted that food grain strains of hemp must contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or  THC. THC is the compound in the Cannabis sativa plant that cause the “high” of marijuana. It is the psychotropic element. Since this concentration of THC is so low in food grade hemp oil, consuming hemp oil will not interfere with your ability to function normally whilst working or driving.

Hemp oil is also not the same as cannabidiol oil. This is the oil often referred to as CBD. The production of CBD oil uses the entire plant. Its stalks, leaves, and also the flowers of the hemp plant. These contain  higher concentrations of CBD. CBD is another potentially beneficial compound found naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant.

Food grade Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. These seeds don’t contain the same levels of compounds as the plant. However, the seeds, and therefore the hemp seed oil, still have a rich profile of nutrients, essential fatty acids, and more useful active compounds.

Hemp oil also contains plant matter with compounds which may assist certain health issues, such as inflammation.

The best news is that Hemp oil is now available for human consumption in Australia. So if you’re interested in trying some in order to experience the vast health benefits of this natural resource, then you’ll find it on sale this month at SupaNatural Health Tweed City.

Over the next few blogs we’ll outline more of the benefits of Hemp Oil, Hemp Seeds and Hemp Protein. We’ll also outline some of the differences between Hemp Oil and CBD. Hopefully we can help clarify the benefits you may expect to experience from all of these products and assist you in deciding which one might be right for you.

Yours, in health – Angie Sweet

Winter Is Here!

This is the time of year we’re all indoors together, passing those nasty little viruses & bacteria between us more readily. So it’s no wonder a number of us get sick. We’re especially susceptible if we have younger children who are a lot more physically closer to their friends & therefore, pass more bugs between them – almost like they’re little super highways for sickness causing pathogens!  (Love my kid, by the way!).

During this season it’s important to know what we can do to keep a strong  immune system to stay healthy & avoid infections. Of course it starts with a balanced whole food diet rich in fat soluble vitamins, zinc & vitamin C for cell integrity, turnover & protection. Of course, if your diet is lacking (as everyone’s does from time to time) then we can help you with a supplement.

Herbal therapies are also very useful at this time of year & our most popular seller is Fusion Health’s Astra 8 Immune Tonic. It contains Astragalus and Siberian ginseng.

Astragalus is considered one of the most important immune tonics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where it’s used to help reduce the frequency of colds and flu.

Similarly, Siberian ginseng is used to address lowered resistance to colds and flu in traditional Western herbal medicine, and both herbs have been shown to support healthy immune cell function.

And this month we have Fusion Astra 8 on special! So let us help you stay well ;0)

 

Have you heard about the Health benefits of a Ketogenic Lifestyle?

A keto or ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that can help you burn fat more effectively. It has many benefits for weight loss, health and performance, as shown in many studies.

A keto diet can be especially useful for losing excess body fat without hunger, and we even used it to manage diabetes in our beloved pet cat Sunni.

The “keto” in the ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”.

This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar in the form of glucose is in short supply.

Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar).

The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain.

The brain consumes a great deal of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones.

On a ketogenic diet, your entire body switches its fuel supply to run mostly on fat, burning fat all day every day. When insulin levels become very low, fat burning can increase dramatically. On a ketogenic diet it becomes easier to access your fat stores & to burn them off.

This is great if you’re trying to lose weight, but there are also other less obvious benefits, such as less hunger and a steady supply of energy. For me personally, easily maintaining a lean muscular body is a side benefit to staying alert and focused on a ketogenic diet.

When the body produces ketones, it enters a metabolic state called ketosis. The fastest way to get there is by fasting (not eating anything) but obviously this isn’t a long term solution!

A keto diet, on the other hand, can be eaten indefinitely and also results in ketosis. It has many of the benefits of fasting – including weight loss – without having to fast. Although, a large number of individuals on a keto diet continue to fast intermittently because the benefits are so great.

You can definitely make the transition to a keto lifestyle easier with MCT – or medium chain triglycerides.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a particular type of dietary fat that are most commonly found in coconut and palm oils. MCT’s are important fatty acids that are between 6-12 carbon chains in length and are rarer in the diet than other fats. The Melrose MCT range consists of varying blends of caproic (C6), caprylic (C8), capric (C10), and the slightly longer 12-chain MCT lauric acid (C12).

MCTs aren’t digested and absorbed in the same way as normal dietary fats, instead they are easily digested and processed in the liver, providing immediate fuel rather than being stored as fat in the body. They have been researched extensively for their many benefits that include:

  • Encouraging the creation of brain & body friendly ketone fuels for natural energy.
  • Helps you get into and stay in ketosis.
  • Helps maintain & support digestive health.
  • Supports mental & physical performance &
  • Increases fat burning.

At SupaNatural, we LOVE Melrose MCT. It’s a translucent liquid without any flavor, that’s what makes it so easy to take as a shot on its own, or added to your smoothie, protein shake, salad dressing or in so many other meals. Because Melrose MCT has a low smoke point it is best used at lower temperatures. One of our favorite ways to have Melrose MCT is with coffee – just add a tablespoon to your morning brew or as pre-workout fuel to feel its energizing effects. I also like to add some to my Apple Cider Vinegar to pour over my salad for lunch. It helps my brain function well into the late afternoon & allows me to feel satisfied & free from hunger.

Everyone’s digestive system has a different tolerance to MCT Oil. We recommend trying a small amount first, like half a tablespoon and working your way up depending on your individual needs.

Come speak to us about other ways you can incorporate Melrose MCT oil into your lifestyle.

Angie Sweet