Hemp is a miracle plant. You can use it to make cloth, you can eat it, smoke it, squeeze it for oil and eat the seeds raw. It’s a versatile plant that tastes good and helps make you healthy. Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts (which are the shelled version of the whole grain) are utterly delicious and also extremely good for you. They are full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals that help your body stay strong and your metabolism run smoothly. Last week we saw the benefits of green tea and today, we’re going to take a look at the health benefits of hemp, hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp milk. Read on and learn about all things hemp!
As we mentioned earlier, hemp seeds are great for your metabolism. They increase energy levels and your metabolic rate, due to their high content of protein. The protein inside hemp seeds is also much more digestible than the protein you find in meat, cheese and cows’ milk. We suggest you try the shelled hemp seeds and add them to your salads or at the end of the cooking process.
Hemp oil is great for the skin, no wonder almost all high-end cosmetic companies use it in their products. Why pay so much money on cosmetics products, when you can just cut out the middle man and use hemp oil directly on your skin. Use it in the evening, after you’ve taken off all your make up and let your skin enjoy the benefits of hemp oil all night long.
Hemp milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk. If you are a vegan, are lactose intolerant or you’re simply tired of cow’s milk, try hemp milk. It is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. So, what’s inside it? Hemp milk has Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, all 10 essential amino acids, calcium, zero cholesterol, protein, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, vitamin A, E and B12, iron, zinc, magnesium and much, much more. Did we mention that it also tastes amazing?
Did you know that a lot of the fatty acids that are found in hemp, are also found in your brain? Regular consumption of hemp has been proved to help prevent degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It will also improve your memory and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
If you are diabetic, then you should consume hemp seeds, because they help control your sugar levels. Even if you aren’t diabetic, you can still benefit from hemp seeds. The healthy fats present in hemp seems help glucose to get absorbed in the bloodstream faster and transform it into energy. You’ll notice how your energy levels will increase and your sweet cravings will decrease once you start consuming hemp.
Because hemp contains a lot of antioxidants and plant sterols, this makes it a great food that can help prevent or reduce the risk of some cancers, such as prostate, colon and breast cancer. We suggest you buy organic hemp and eat a couple of tablespoons every day, if you want to reap the benefits of hemp.
Hemp seed oil is made from, as the name implies, the seeds of the hemp plant. This oil has been dubbed nature’s most perfectly balanced oil because it contains the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids. This ratio is the optimum ratio of these types of oil for healthy human nutrition. Use only extra virgin hemp oil and whatever you do, do not heat it up, as it will lose most of its benefits.
Hemp protein is found in almost all health stores. The protein powder is not just hemp seeds ground up; there is a whole process that removes most of other components and only keeps the protein inside the seeds. Hemp protein powder is great for athletes and body builders who want to build muscle or for those men and women who feel that they’re not having enough protein in their diet. The most common side effects of protein powders (not just hemp, but all protein powders) include bloating and intestinal gas, but for most people, the health benefits of hemp powder outweigh the side-effects.
The fatty acid that hemp seeds contain does wonders for the health of your heart. It helps lower blood cholesterol, prevents plaque buildup in the arteries and thus reduces the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. The fatty acid in the hemp seeds will also decrease inflammation, which is the number one reason behind poor blood circulation.
Hemp seeds have loads of protein in them, as we said earlier. That protein acts as a natural appetite suppressant and helps make you feel full longer. If you want to lose weight, or simply reduce your appetite, we suggest you add a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds to your morning yogurt or cereal. In a week you will start seeing results!