HEMP SEED ONE OF THE BEST SUPER FOODS
UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS VITAMINS AND MINERALS
The seeds of the hemp plant have a nutty flavor and are high in unsaturated fats (omega 3 and omega 6 and 9) in the right proportion.
Hemp seed is a complete protein source. 65% of the total protein content of hemp seed consists of edestin. This protein is similar to the globulin in the human blood plasma.
This makes hemp seed source of protein of very high quality because it is very similar to our body's own proteins and is very well absorbed by our body.
The other 35% is albumin. Albumin protein is another high quality globulin protein and is similar to that found in egg whites. Albumin is highly digestible and is a major source of free radical scavengers.
Hemp seed is also rich in a variety of minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, iodine, vitamin E, C and the B vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6.
ANTIOXIDANTS AND ENZYMES
Besides all the healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, hemp seed contains a significant amount of antioxidants and enzymes such as lecithin.
Lecithin is important for healthy liver function, allowing the natural cleansing of the body is stimulated. Hemp seed is also rich in alpha, beta and gamma globulin, a substance that helps strengthen our immune system.
HOW DO YOU EAT HEMP SEEDS?
-Add to soups, salads or smoothies.
-Using as a basis for humus in place of, or added to chickpeas.
-Hemp seed milk.
-Sprinkle over the salad.
-Add to almond or oat milk making it richer in nutrients.
-As a basis for homemade granola.
-Take a handful as a snack.
-Process in homemade bread.
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp seed oil is a cold pressed greenish oil with a very fine taste.
Hemp seed oil's exceptional concentrations of EFAs (essential fatty acids) are what make it so special.
In concept, this oil could provide all of our EFA necessities for life.
Essential fatty acids are the omega fats that cannot be produced by the body and must be ingested. They are known for their role in preventing heart diseases, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, arthritis and much more.
In addition,hemp seed oil contains (GLA), a valuable and very rare nutrient also found in breastmilk.
HEMP PROTEIN POWDER
Hemp protein is a high quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility.
The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body.
The digestibility of any given protein is related to the concentrations of its amino acids.
Hemp protein is a complete protein, but contains little lysine also the amounts of leucine and trytofaan are on the low side.
A strong point of hemp protein is that it contains lots of arginine.
Hemp protein powders are rich in fiber, a nutrient that has a number of valuable health promoting properties. Diets rich in fiber can lower your risk for heart disease, type-2 diabetes, constipation and diverticular disease.
Source: International Cannabis Community Text: Karin Joosten: Karin Joosten Photography: Ron Kreeft