Hemp Foods – a Key to Good Health

The health benefits of hemp foods have been known for generations. Today, modern science has confirmed eating hemp foods every day is a great way to maintain a healthy and vibrant body. The unique versatility of our Australian grown hemp foods make them useful in many dishes from breakfast through to dinner. Hemp is dubbed a “superfood” and a “complete food”, both of which are realistic considering the nutritional content of the seed from this amazing plant.

Hemp is High in Protein

The plant-based protein from hulled hemp seeds is easily digestible and contains the full amino acid profile. In fact, the protein quality of hemp seed is proven better than most other types of seeds. The main proteins in hemp seed are edestin and albumin. Both are easily digested and contain high amounts of all essential amino acids. Arginine is an amino acid found in hemp seed which plays an important role in the body’s natural production of nitric acid. It lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Hemp seed by weight contains similar protein content to beef or lamb. Hemp protein powder contains about twice as much! Hulled hemp seed is 33% protein and hemp protein powder is 50% protein. Our pure hemp protein powder is made using a natural milling technique using no additives or chemical extraction. It’s a complete protein source for vegans, and a great protein for weight loss too.

Hemp is Rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

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. EFA’s are essential for your immune system, skin and growth. Hemp oil is particularly helpful to people with eczema. No other natural plant or animal derived oil has the rich source and content of EFA’s as hemp oil. Essential fatty acids are essential in your diet because your body can’t produce them! Hemp seeds are low in saturated fats and contain no harmful trans-fats.

Hemp is a Great Source of Dietary Fibre

Fibre, as well as being fantastic for gut health is also a natural appetite suppressant, so it’s good for reducing hunger pains and managing your weight. Hemp seed contains a good mix of soluble and insoluble fibre (20/80 ratio) which feed the natural microbes 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 a reduced risk of diabetes.
The best source of fibre from hemp foods is hemp flour (46%). Hulled hemp seeds have had the husk removed and therefore contain very little fibre (2%).

Hemp is High in 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, also helping to slow down the aging process.

Natural anti-inflammatories

Gamma Linoleic Acid is a natural anti-inflammatory and is found only in hemp seed and 5 other types of seeds (linseed, chia, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin). GLA is the natural medicine for joint pain and arthritis. Taking hemp oil capsules 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 is Full of Goodness

Hemp seed is low in carbohydrates, low in sugar and contains no cholesterol. Any reduction in cholesterol will improve your health, and is known to reduce the incidence of heart disease and cancer. Hemp is gluten free, soy free, dairy free, low in allergens and low in toxins. Phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc are the essential minerals we all need for a healthy body. Hemp foods complete the list of natural ingredients essential for life. Also essential for good health are niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and folate – all found in hemp. Healthy hemp foods tick all the boxes.

Hemp is Great for your Wellbeing

For great health and wellbeing, balance is the key. We need to maintain a balanced diet combined with a healthy routine of work, relaxation and sleep. It’s hard to keep a good balance of life’s basic elements, and our bodies often tell us when the work/life scales tip the wrong way.

Enjoying wholesome, natural food like hemp is natures way of providing our bodies with nutrition for a balanced lifestyle.