Here in the United States, we have a long history with growing hemp. Apparently George Washington himself was a hemp farmer. Laws within the United State are changing with regard to consumption of hemp. Many States legalized the use of marijuana and hemp in the November 2016 elections, but in several States it is still illegal. Previously all of our hemp products had been imported from Canada. In fact, the hemp seed is rich in Omega-6 and Omega-3 oils. Both are essential fatty acids that provide immeasurable benefits to the heart and also possess anti-inflammatory properties.
The hemp products I recommend including in your diet are: Whole Hemp Seeds (shelled), Hemp Oil, and Hemp Protein. Hemp seeds are delicious. They are nutty in taste and add wonderful flavor to most dishes, especially salads, cereals and breads.
Hemp is Full of Essential Fatty Acids
Not just that though, they are in the correct proportion of 3:1 (Omega 3: Omega 6), which scientists believe to be the ideal ratio for the human body. These essential fatty acids are vital for heart function, healthy hair, skin and joints, and brain function. These foods are also rich in healthy fatty acids and help fight inflammation.
Hemp Contains All 8 Essential Amino Acids
The body needs these amino acids to perform various tasks in the body, especially forming complete proteins for restoring muscle tissues. These include valine, isoleucine, leucine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine and lysine.
Hemp Supplies the Body with Globulin
Eating hemp seeds helps build up the immune system. They are made up of 65% globulin protein, which is the same protein used to fight off toxins, viruses and harmful bacteria.
Hemp Seeds Reduce Inflammation
One third of the EFA’s in hemp seeds is comprised of the Omega 6 group. More specifically, hemp is made up of GLA’s, a type of Omega 6 that helps reduce inflammation in the body. This can greatly benefit anyone dealing with muscle pains, arthritis or autoimmune disorders. These foods can help fight inflammation
Hemp is Sustainable and Non-GMO
Another great reason to include hemp in your diet is because it’s safe. It’s a very eco-friendly, sustainable crop because it can be grown with minimal fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides – which means the seeds don’t need to be genetically engineered to protect itself from agricultural chemicals.
How to Eat Hemp Hearts:
- Sprinkle hemp hearts over the top of cereal or salads
- Make hemp milk (1/2 cup hemp seeds, 4 cups water, 1 date, 1/2 tsp. vanilla flavor in a blender on high for 45 seconds)
- Use the hemp oil in place of olive oil for salad dressings (although not for cooking)
- Put 2 scoops of hemp protein in your next smoothie for an easily digestible protein source
Hemp Has Many Uses
Hemp is a versatile plant and can be used for all sorts of things. You can make butter, milk, protein powder oils, soap, paper, rope and clothing – but the seed that the hemp plant produces is what I’m really focusing on today, as many experts call hemp one of the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world.