You may have heard of hemp foods within the natural health community over the past couple years, but are you aware of where hemp comes from and its health benefits?
Hemp comes from the Cannabis sativa plant; but unlike its cousin, marijuana, hemp does not contain the high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that are responsible for producing a high. Hemp has numerous industrial uses, including clothing, food, fuel, and other building products.
Adding hemp seeds to your diet can be very beneficial to your health, as it’s one of nature’s perfect foods – a super food! Hemp is a complete protein and boasts a perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also contains many vitamins and enzymes needed for all around optimal health!
Hemp products are known to reduce inflammation and improve circulation, which means the heart doesn’t have to work as hard in order to force blood through the blood vessels. The essential fatty acids found in hemp can also help reduce plaque buildup, leading to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
Hemp products are high in fiber and easily digested. There are no known allergies to hemp products, making them a great choice for those unable to consume gluten, lactose, sugar, meat, or nuts. Chronic digestive problems like constipation or bloating can also be managed by adding hemp seeds to the diet.
A large part of the brain is made up of the same essential fatty acids that are found in hemp. Many brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, have shown evidence of a loss of essential fatty acids in the brain. Adding hemp seeds to the diet can help reduce or delay the effects of these types of diseases, and improve memory function and quality of life. Hemp has also been shown to improve moods, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Hemp seed oil can be found in numerous hair and skin products, including soaps, shampoos, lotions, conditioners, and lip-balms. The essential fatty acids in hemp make it a highly effective product in this regard because it penetrates deep in the skin to nourish cells directly and promote new cell growth.
A natural appetite suppressant, hemp helps you feel fuller longer. Consuming the healthy fats from hemp at the start of the day will help curb cravings for the rest of the day. Hemp also gives a big boost of energy (from the combination of calories, complex carbs, and protein), leading to more exercise and other physical activity.
Hemp seeds can help control blood sugar levels, which is very important for people with diabetes (or at risk for diabetes). Since the healthy fats in hemp seeds help the body to absorb glucose and turn it into energy, cravings for sweets are decreased and energy levels are increased.
Where to Find Hemp Products
Hemp products come in many forms, most common are hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, and hemp seed oil – all of which can be found on the Healthy Planet website. Right now until May 1, 2013, Healthy Planet has the Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts on sale for $10.99 – that’s 15% off!
Other hemp products include hemp seed flour, hemp seed butter, and hemp milk.
Interesting Hemp Facts
(Taken from NaturalNews.com)
- Hemp is the world’s oldest and most versatile crop. In fact there are more than 25,000 known uses for it.
- Hemp can grow anywhere and doesn’t require pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Evidence suggests that it can lift heavy metals from polluted soil.
- Hemp fibre is stronger and more versatile than any other plant derived fibre, including cotton and wood. Hemp could also potentially replace petroleum products including plastics.
About the Author:
Sarah UmmYousef is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, Nature’s Nurture, began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.