The first thing that springs to mind when you think about hemp probably isn't the fact that it’s a valuable source of food and nutrition. For centuries, it’s been grown and used for making textiles and rope and its use as a source of food was possibly only secondary. However, all of that has now changed and while it is still used in the textile industry, what many people don’t realize is just how good hemp actually is for you as a source of vitamins and minerals. The fact that it can be consumed in lots of different ways and incorporated into your cooking to add delicious tastes and flavors is just a bonus.
Firstly, it’s a good idea to clear one thing up! Many people associate hemp with marijuana and perhaps worry or wonder if consuming it in their diet may have the effect of giving them a high.
Marijuana contains a chemical that goes by the name of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for giving users the high. Hemp seeds contain either none or a very safe, low amount of this and would not have any effect on the human body. In fact, hemp actually contains a compound which inhibits the development of THC, so there is no risk at all and it can be consumed safely.
Hemp is a naturally high source of protein, the essential building block for good health. Just like its counterpart, Flax, it has all the essential fatty acids and omega chain oils that humans need for brain function and cardiovascular health.
Vitamin E: Essential for good skin and can also be beneficial to women who have hormonal issues.
Vitamin B: Wonderful for helping with the function of the nervous system and helping with overall levels of energy and vitality.
Calcium: The mainstay for good, strong bones, nails, and teeth.
Iron: A mineral that is essential for the function of the blood. A diet lacking in iron can lead to anemia which makes the sufferer feel tired, have no energy, and generally feel unwell.
Hemp is also very high in fiber, which is essential for keeping your digestive tract in good working order. One side effect people say they notice when they take in hemp is that bloating and problems with sluggish digestion can effectively disappear or at the very least improve greatly.
One other very important plus point they have, is that when consumed as part of a healthy diet they can actively work to help lower blood sugars. The healthy omega acids they contain may help to absorb excess glucose which may be in the blood stream, meaning that cravings for sugar or sweet foods decrease and become less bothersome.
Good quality Hemp Oil, whilst being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals when taken internally, is also an excellent skin and hair conditioner that can provide brilliant benefits when used topically as a treatment. A few drops used underneath a favorite moisturizer or on its own can really help to re-balance the skin, giving it an extra boost of moisture if it’s super dry or helping to eliminate oil if excess sebum is a problem.
Use a dessertspoonful as a pre-shampoo hair treatment too; simply massage it into the hair, leave for an hour or so, then rinse and shampoo as normal. It is excellent at helping to restore hair that is damaged, dry, or in need of a little TLC.
Whilst hemp is a good all-rounder that can help with general daily health and the way the body functions, there are also suggestions that it may be able to help with long term men's health conditions such as prostate problems. This is because hemp seeds and oils are naturally high in plant sterols. Although at this stage, there have only been a few experimental studies carried out into the benefits, it is believed that these vital compounds they contain can offer some protection in the fight against prostate cancer in males and breast cancer in women when taken as part of an all-round low fat, high fiber diet.
Even more reason to try and include some of this wonder food into your diet.
So why not think about trying hemp seeds, oil, or powder to find out not only how delicious it is, but the very many health benefits it can give to you and your family?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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