The Omega Truth: Hemp Vs. Fish Oil

17 April, 2019


It’s a hot and heavy, ongoing debate in today’s health conscious world that has hemp aficionados pitted against fish oil advocates – which oil provides more health benefits and is the better choice?

What science says about hemp seed oil:

Hemp seed oil is composed of nearly 85 percent essential fatty acids (EFAs) alone and offers the richest, most balanced natural source of EFAs. In fact the amount of alpha-linolenic and linolenic acid in 15 ml (one tablespoon) of hemp seed oil provides more than the daily EFA requirements suggested by the FDA. In addition, hemp seed oil is lower in saturated fatty acids than other comparable oils, is easily digested and has been shown to alleviate symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) and even psoriasis.

Hemp seed oil also exhibits the highest total phenolic content and antioxidant activity compared to all other plant-based oils (with the exception of pumpkin seed oil). Naturally occurring phenolic compounds are known to play a key roll in reducing the risk of cancer, relieving systemic inflammation, acting as a powerful antioxidant and promoting free radical elimination.

Chemo-preventive (anticarcinogenic) properties of hemp seed oil work by causing apoptosis (cell death), inhibiting the cell cycle and preventing the abnormal proliferation of cells characteristic of cancerous tumors.

What science says about fish oil:

Obtained from the tissues of “oily” fish (such as sardines, salmon, tuna, anchovies etc.), fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and two other fatty acids called EPA and DHA. Oily fish themselves do not naturally manufacture omega-3 fatty acids but rather they accumulate it in their tissues by eating other fish that have stored amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and microalgae in their bodies.

Although studies have shown that fish oil may help reduce incidences of cardiovascular disease, its ability to relieve other conditions such as macular degeneration, cognitive decline and depression, as attributed to hemp seed oil, has not been verified.

Unfortunately, fish oil also doesn’t contain the prefect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids for the body. Oils from most fish that are used to cultivate fish oil capsules (such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines) have a profile of around seven time the omega-3 oil as omega-6 oils.Hemp seed oil contains the optimal 1:4 ratio of omega-3 to 6 required for body consumption and use.

Fish Oil Warnings from the FDA

Oil obtained from predatory, “top of the food chain” fish (albacore tuna, swordfish, king mackerel sharks etc.) often contains toxic substances due to biomagnification, or the increase in the concentration of pollutants as they pass from one food chain link to another. Mercury, chlordane, dioxin and PCBs are toxins potentially ingested by people who consume fish oil. Fish oil also produces peroxides that may cause sever gastrointestinal irritation.

Moreover, fish oil can spoil very easily compared to hemp seed oil due to the unstable nature of the highly unsaturated DHA and EPA it contains. Many of the fish oil capsules on the market are actually rancid. Unfortunately, the less saturated oil is, the more unstable it is and the faster is degrades. Because hemp seed oil is plant-based, cold pressed, packaged and stored appropriately it does not oxidize and spoil as easily.

Sustainable Hemp Seed Oil – Better for the Environment

In addition to being safe to consume, hemp seed oil is more sustainable than fish oil because it does not upset ocean ecosystems and reduce sizable fish populations necessary to support fish living in the upper areas of the food chain. In addition, hemp plants are pest and disease resistant, help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and provide hemp seeds from which we can cold-press versatile, nutritious and eco-friendly hemp seed oil.

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10 February, 2020

Fat Chants


Kudos to the review above/below this, I was going to point out the same things. But to be fair, I have read only bad things about the freshness and purity of even the highest grade fish oil on the market, specifically that most of it is oxidized in processing (which there is a lot of) — so even if hemp has more omega-6 than we need nowadays I’m looking at cutting back on other sources of omega-6. the GLA content of ham boil is a serious hidden bonus, it is the only actual (not plant but specifically) food source it exists in, and per serving/per dollar is far more abundant than it is in borage or Primrose oil. But yes, you should get more informed people to write these articles, this is a little embarrassing.

10 February, 2020

Fat Chants

*hemp oil

not “ham boil” 😳 hehe I appreciate not having to login to post a review but I also cannot edit it after posting.. apologies for the excess useful fact (how I wound up here) — cats, and I believe other animals, cannot process omega-3 from plant sources, they need fish oil.

19 February, 2020



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14 January, 2020


Feedback on accuracy of fish oil statements.

I agree with some of this article, but I don't think it accurately describes what scientists really say about fish oil. There are many other health issues and chronic diseases that can be prevented, and respond very well to treatment from fish oil supplementation, provien by clinical studies. Macular degeneration for example, Also for depression and anxiety, I have been using fish oil for this purpose for over 5 years, with major differences in mood as well as cognitive function. The ratios are not accurate either. One of the most important reasons that fish oil are primarily Omega 3's is because of the skewed ratio in favor of dietary Omega 6 intake being 20:1 on average, rather than the original 1:1 or 2:1 ratio. Not 4:1. Read this article for reference, Lastly, EPA and DHA are themselves Omega 3's, while the wording of the article suggests that fish oil includes Omega 3's, plus two additional EFA's, making it sound as if you're classifying them as something other than Omega 3's. Just wanted to provide some feedback for improving the accuracy of this article. Great job on the rest of the information! Hemp oil is great!


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