Ultimate Benefits of Hemp
Hemp seeds or “hemp” are an important food resource, rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, and heart-healthy fats. They have been used for thousands of years in oriental medicine to treat various disorders, and hemp oil is considered a superfood because it is believed to improve the health of those who consume it.
Their contribution of healthy fats (30%), especially omega-3 and gamma linoleic fatty acids, make these seeds a powerful anti-inflammatory that promotes cardiovascular health. They also contain arginine, an amino acid that is converted into nitric oxide.
This substance causes blood vessels to dilate, which improves blood flow (3, 4, 5).
One fact: whole hemp seeds are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber that promotes blood glucose levels and benefits people suffering from high cholesterol.
SOURCE OF VEGETABLE PROTEIN
About 25% of the calories in these small seeds come from good quality protein with excellent digestibility, so they are considered one of the best sources of plant-based protein (6).
Hemp seeds are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals, such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, and calcium.
A fact: Hemp crops -generally- do not use pesticides or chemicals for their healthy growth.
IDEAS FOR INCLUDING HEMP SEEDS IN YOUR REGULAR DIET
Hemp seeds are very versatile, they can be sprinkled on fruit, used together with amaranth as a breading for meats, added to salads, they can also be added to rice, hot cakes, oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, granola, or in smoothies. Practically these delicious nutty-flavored seeds fit into any dish.
There are also vegan protein powders made from this seed. You can include it with seasonal fruit and a vegetable drink without added sugar to prepare a delicious and healthy shake. For more information, visit Hemponix, where they discuss various subjects such as hemp oil.
Warning. Hemp oil should only be used in cold preparations to avoid the decomposition of its fatty acids, it is ideal in the preparation of vinaigrettes.
PINEAPPLE, COCONUT, AND HEMP SMOOTHIE
- 200 ml of coconut drink with no added sugar.
- ½ cup pineapple
- 1 tablespoon of hemp
Preparation: Blend ingredients with ice, serve, and enjoy.
HOT COCOA WITH HEMP
- 200 ml unsweetened vanilla almond drink.
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder with no sugar added
- 1 tablespoon of hemp
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
Optional a teaspoon of honey or stevia to taste.
Preparation: Heat the vanilla almond drink and blend it with all the ingredients.
BOWL OF OATMEAL WITH HEMP
- 200 ml soy beverage with no sugar added.
- 1/4 cup oat flakes
- 1 tbsp. hemp
- ½ cup of berries (can be frozen)
Preparation: heat the soy beverage with the oats until the oats are hydrated. Let cool, and add the hemp and berries.
Consider that hemp seeds should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place. Once the package is opened, store it in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator to prevent them from going rancid.