The benefits of hemp foods have been known for generations. Today, modern science has confirmed that eating hemp foods every day is a great way to maintain a healthy and vibrant body.
To be clear, according to law Australian grown hemp foods have virtually zero THC and CBD content. Simply put, you can never get high from eating hemp foods and it’s safe for the whole family to eat every day. There are no psychoactive effects, and hemp foods are not to be confused with medicinal cannabis.
Hemp is a High Quality Protein Source
There are 21 amino acids which make up a full protein profile and hemp contains them all. In fact, hemp seed protein quality rivals other seed types in terms of protein amount and the proportions of proteins (amino acids) present. The protein from hulled hemp seeds is easily digestible.
The beneficial amino acids in hemp seed are edestin and albumin. Both easily digested and contain high amounts of all essential amino acids.
Arginine, a protein type found in hemp, plays an important role in the body’s natural production of nitric acid. This lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Hemp seed by weight contains a similar protein content to beef or lamb, and hemp protein powder contains about twice as much!
Hulled hemp seed is typically 33% protein and hemp protein powder is about 50% protein. Be sure to use pure naturally milled hemp protein powder using no additives or chemicals, not a protein isolate.
Omegas 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids
This is where hemp really excels. Hemp is the only food that contains the ideal ratio of Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) to Omega 6 (linoleic acid) for top human health. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are essential for your immune system, skin and growth. Hemp oil is particularly helpful to people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and types of dermatitis.
Essential fatty acids are essential in your diet because your body can’t produce them! No other natural plant or animal derived oil has the rich source and content of EFA’s as hemp seed oil. Hemp seeds are low in saturated fats and contain no harmful trans-fats.
A Good Source of Dietary Fibre
Fibre is fantastic for gut health and a natural appetite suppressant so it’s good for reducing hunger and weight management. Hulled hemp seed contains a good mix of soluble and insoluble fibre (20/80 ratio) which feed the natural microbes and bacteria in your gut and balances your digestive system, keeping you regular.
Soluble fibre reduces blood sugar spikes and controls cholesterol. Insoluble fibre has been linked to reduced diabetes risk.
Gamma Linoleic Acid is a natural anti-inflammatory found in hemp seed and only five other seeds (linseed, chia, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin). GLA is the natural medicine for joint pain and arthritis. A tablespoon of hemp seed oil every day will help with chronic inflammatory conditions and assist with body movement. Research shows that GLA is also important to reduce symptoms of PMS and menopause in women.
Hemp Contains Antioxidants
Hemp foods contain high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidant components present in hemp seed are GLA’s and vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals from human cells and reduce the incidence of many diseases including heart disease, arthritis, stroke, inflammation, certain cancers, and they also slow down the aging process.
Full of Vitamins and Minerals
Phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc are essential minerals we need in our diet for a healthy body. Hemp foods complete the list of natural ingredients essential for life. Hemp also contains vitamins A, C, E and B. Also essential for good health are niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and folate – all found in hemp foods!
Hemp seed is low in carbohydrates, low in sugar and contains no cholesterol. Any reduction in cholesterol improves your health, and reduces the incidence of heart disease and cancer. Hemp is gluten free, soy free, dairy free, low in allergens and low in toxins. We can all enjoy the benefits of hemp everyday.