Hemp Repairs DNA!

By Becca Wolford – hemphealer.com

Did you know that DNA can be damaged…and repaired?

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the hereditary material found in humans, animals, and organisms. DNA is in every cell in our bodies. Each cell’s nucleus has DNA, which is rolled into structures that are our chromosomes (23 pairs).

Most genes contain the information needed to make functional molecules called proteins. (A few genes produce other molecules that help the cell assemble proteins.) The journey from gene to protein is complex and tightly controlled within each cell. It consists of two major steps: transcription and translation. Together, transcription and translation are known as gene expression.

During the process of transcription, the information stored in a gene’s DNA is transferred to a similar molecule called RNA (ribonucleic acid) in the cell nucleus. Both RNA and DNA are made up of a chain of nucleotide bases, but they have slightly different chemical properties. The type of RNA that contains the information for making a protein is called messenger RNA (mRNA) because it carries the information, or message, from the DNA out of the nucleus into the cytoplasm.” [1]

The genes direct protein production. For example, a protein (a long chain of amino acids) can be an enzyme that triggers a certain chemical reaction in the body. One function of protein is to boost the immune system.

There are many factors that cause damaged DNA : oxidation, UV radiation from the sun, radiation from Xrays, viruses, plant toxins, and man-made chemicals (chlorine, hydrocarbons, smoke, pollution, to name a few). Some results of damaged DNA are: premature aging, cancer, diabetes mellitus (diabetes itself may cause DNA damage), Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other conditions.

Cells cannot function properly if the DNA is damaged. However, the cells CAN, through chemical processes, reverse the damage themselves.

Hempseed and hempseed oil have been found to be a factor in DNA repair. Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body. One ‘job’ of Omega 3 is cellular repair. Hemp is 65% protein, 35% of which is globulin edestin protein. It is the protein that is closest to human globulin, and is very easily digestible by the body.

The protein is a major factor in DNA repair, as the cells use that protein to correct the DNA damage.

Because hemp is the highest source of Edestin protein [2], AND is responsible for boosting the immune system, it is a perfect addition to the the diet.

Article Sources

  1. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/howgeneswork
  2. http://www.naturalnews.com/027691_hemp_protein_seeds.html

About the Author

Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.

Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog Hemphealer.com.


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  • Gary

    Hello Becca,

    You mention ” Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body. ”

    Are you saying that if hemp is smoked you will obtain these benefits? I would have guessed that eating the hemp is required for the DNA repair?

  • Fefe

    They are talking about the oil from the hemp (cannabis) seed. You can eat the hearts and or oil from the seed. There are benefits of smoking a quality cannabis but the oil from the flower-tops of a quality plant has been used for treatment for assorted cancers and other diseases. Seems to work exceptionally well on skin cancer. You can refer to Cannabis Research A-Z for the study’s. http://www.calgarycmmc.com/c.htm

  • nice theories but 1. the omega 3 is ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) the vegetable source of Omeag 3- Humans and animals need EPA and DHA the animal versions and we are very poor at converting ALA to EPA or DHA only about 5% successful.
    2. The globulin protein is made n the body – all proteins are made of amino acids – so if you consume enough essential amino acids you will make the appropriate proteins.

  • Nick Ritchie

    Great post! I actually purchased some Hemp and my wife made Hemp protein bars from them, all raw and all natural. I will need to learn the recipe and make some more, and get this into my diet daily! Interesting post! Thanks