Hemp seeds are full of Omega-3 and Omega-6, essential fatty acids that have anti inflammatory and heart health benefits. They have a nutty flavour and add spring to your desserts, salads, cereals, breads and yoghurt. The seeds can also be turned into milk, butter, finishing oil, protein powder, and soap. The plant can thrive without pesticides, and also purifies the soil around it apart from killing weeds. Read on to know more about the health benefits offered by the plant.
Why should you include hemp in your diet?
• The fibre and protein in hemp aid in slow digestion and prevent sudden spikes in blood sugar levels, thereby sustaining the energy in your body. A hemp-rich diet promotes the regularity of the digestive system.
• If you sprinkle it on your fruit or cereal at breakfast, hemp fibre and protein can also help in satiety . This means that you don't have to keep snacking that often and can remain fuller for longer periods of time.
• Omega-3 fatty acids lower the blood pressure , reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, and may even help keep Alzheimer's disease at bay. Hemp is one of the few Omega-3 plant sources in the world.
• Omega-6 fatty acids help in stimulating hair and skin growth, regulating metabolism, maintaining bone health, and helping brain function .
• Hemp seeds also contain essential amino acids, which improve mental function, muscle control, and normal body maintenance of muscle, cells, organs and tissues.
• Since hemp is rich in fibre, it also lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes, diverticular disease and constipation.
• It also has immune-enhancing and anti-fatigue benefits. Mice that were given hemp seed protein in a study showed lower blood lactic acid levels and improved swimming times compared to the control group.
• Another study found that hemp and soy protein supplemented diets were able to improve the function of the kidneys and allay the cardiac hypertrophy that is associated with kidney disease.
Hemp contains all the 21 known amino acids, including the nine essential acids that the body cannot produce on its own and has to obtain from dietary sources. Unlike soy beans, hemp has never been subjected to large scale genetic modification. This makes it a safer source as well. Two table spoons of hemp can provide around 14 grams of protein, chock full of branched-chain amino acids, which are used by the muscles to burn energy. Their metabolism is also more direct and requires less processing by the liver, unlike other kinds of proteins.