What is hemp?
Hemp, or industrial hemp is one of the earliest plants to be cultivated. The use of hemp can be traced back at least 10,000 years.
It was one of the first plants spun into a useable fibre and throughout history it has been used for many years in commercial products such as; clothing, paper, paint and as a bio fuel.
Along with cannabis, the hemp plant derives from the species cannabis sativa. The THC content found in hemp is very low if any at all but the CBD content is high.
Aside from the health benefits gained from CBD, the hemp plants contains many much needed vitamins and minerals.
These can be obtained through hemp food products like, milk, seeds and oils. So if your lactose intolerant and want a healthy milk alternative then hemp seed milk is probably the healthiest choice.
Diet can be a pain sometimes, literally. The wrong foods can cause inflammation and this means pain. There are no known allergies to hemp food products so jump on the hemp diet.
This healthy milk alternative can be easily made but is widely available from Amazon. I personally use a brand called Good Hemp and even if you don't make your own it's still inexpensive. Also If you’re a coffee drinker then hemp milk gives you a nice creamy taste. Just put the milk in after water to avoid flakes.
Vitamins & Minerals:
• Calcium and Phosphorus
• Vitamins B&D
• Omega 3&6 fatty acids
If like me you like to add seeds to your diet then adding these will provide even more health benefits. Hemps seeds are extremely nutritious and have a balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes.
These super seeds can help with; weight loss, increasing and sustaining energy, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing inflammation and improving the immune system as a whole.
The proteins found in hemp seeds are easier to digest than proteins found in meat. As well as these proteins hemp seeds also contain:
• essential fats (omega 3,6)
• Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
• Amino Acids
• Vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E
… and breathe.
As well as the vast amount of goodness in these tiny seeds they also provide all of your amino acids.
The seeds contain over 70% oil and this oil also has many health benefits.
Hemp seed oil:
The oil found in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids. The essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin and our bodies cannot naturally produce them.
The oil is perfectly balanced with a ratio of 3:1 of omega 3 to omega 6 which is what is said to be the optimum requirement for long term healthy human nutrition.
The oil is best purchased cold pressed. This means that it has not been refined. The taste should be a rich nutty flavour and have a green tint. This nutty flavour makes the oil great for a salad dressing or low heat cooking.
as well as containing heart healthy fats, the oil is also used as a moisturiser. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the oils can help to decrease skin dryness and may even slow form the skins ageing process.
So with all these health benefits from one plant your missing out if you don't add it to your diet.
From helping restore your immune system and keeping your brain healthy to giving your skin and hair some TLC hemp is as helpful as its sister plant.