Hemp offers an astonishing number of benefits for the Human body.

After we read a bunch of articles and tried adding it to our own diets, we felt compelled to bring you a summary of the benefits.

Here we go…

Hemp Seeds are what’s called a complete protein, full of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Their incredible nutritional composition mean they are often referred to as one of ‘nature’s perfect foods’. Why? Here’s what they contain:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E.
  • Omega 3 & 6 – which is high in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) an essential omega-6 fatty acid.
  • Fibre, Magnesium Iron, Calcium & Phosphorus.
  • Protein – Hemp seeds are 15% protein. They contain all the essential amino acids – those building blocks of protein which our body can not manufacture on its own. Flax seed also contains all the essential amino acids, but unlike flax seed, 65% of the protein found in hemp seeds is globulin edistin.  What is globulin edistin? It’s a simple protein that our bodies need to build the immunoglobulins necessary to repel infection. The best way to ensure your body has enough amino acid materials to build these globulins is to eat foods high in globulin proteins, making them an excellent plant-source of protein for use in protein powders. For vegetarians, vegans, paleo dieters and everyone else, hemp seeds are a superior form of protein.

Need further proof Hemp seeds are awesome?
Drew Canole wrote an article on ‘This is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat 2 TBSP of Hemp Seeds a Day’ detailing some of the biggest benefits of eating Hemp seeds:

  • Protein Powder – gym-goers listen up! Hemp seeds won’t give you the same bloating or gas that sometimes comes from whey protein. Hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of enzymes, fatty acids and vitamins of any seed;

    Roasted Hemp Seeds Flickr
    Fresh Roasted Hemp Seeds Via Ruby Ryan | Flickr
  • Hormones, Hair, Skin and Nails – One of the only natural sources of GLA, Hemp seeds are beneficial for hair, skin and nails and balancing hormones;
  • Anti-Inflammatory – their fatty acids make them great for heart and cardiovascular health. According to Dr. Axe there was a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism that found consuming hemp seeds lowered arthritis symptoms by up to 25%;
  • Healthy Heart –  the key ingredients in building a healthy heart include fiber, plant-based protein, healthy fats and eating less sugar. And hemp seeds help in doing all of those things;
  • Weight Management – Hemp seeds have been shown to help suppress appetite and combat sugar cravings.

“hemp seed is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available.”

Hemp is available in a variety of forms – Hemp Seeds (Hemp Hearts are just seeds with the soft shells removed), Hemp Milk, Hemp Seed Oil, Hemp Protein Powder and Hemp Supplements.  But we only recommend the seeds and protein powder (ground up seeds).  If you’re interested in Hemp Oil, consider reading this article first – Hemp Oil vs Hemp Seeds.

Where can you find a reputable supplier?  There are quite a few… but we’ve been happy buying our’s from a company located in Canada’s prairie region – Manitoba Harvest – and apparently they’re the world’s largest manufacturer growing, producing and selling Hemp products.

So what’s the key takeaway – It’s time to add some Hemp to your diet!

Try switching your protein powder to Hemp protein powder (3 tablespoons contains roughly 90 calories, only 3 grams of fat and 15 grams of protein).

 

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