09 November 2011

Hemp, you can eat it, build with it, run your car on it!

Why is this non-drug high protein, high omega-3 source, so good for us as a food, a building material and bioplastics?

Most people are aware of the need for Protein and Essential Fatty Acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 and omega-9. Options usually include Evening Primrose Oil, Fish Oils, Meat, Fish in a blend that is now likely to contain heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins as extras. Hemp Seed meanwhile is a plant based source of these nutrients from an eco friendly plant that offers breastfeeding mums, body builders, vegans and more with a product that really is a superfood.

Governments are now allowing hemp to be grown having seen the viability of hemp for seed and fiber production. Farmers are realizing the potential of hemp crops so production of non-THC (THC is the drug ingredient in cannabis), hemp is on the rise. Changing attitudes have led to new thinking and plenty of research and development within the hemp industry and as a result this widely useful plant that comes with a fast growth rate and applications that range from building materials and plastics, to clothing and food, and one of the main components of the hemp harvest, hempseed.

Hemp seed contains 33% protein - and a great protein too! 65% of the protein content of hempseed is the globular protein called edestin. This particular protein is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma. This factor makes it very easy for the human body to digest and absorb it. Our bodies use edestin to produce toxic agents that reduce toxins in the body - which is good news for those with kidney issues.

Another protein found in hempseed is albumin. This is also highly digestible and a free radical scavenger. For these and other reasons, athletes see hemp protein as an important part of their performance diet.

A 1:3 ratio of Omega3 to Omega6 EFA's (largely polyunsaturated, with approx.10% saturated) matches closely the human body's omega EFA balance. This is unique to hempseed oil - with no other foodstuff able to offer this "golden" ratio and of all the fatty acids that the human body needs, these are the most essential.

Flaxseed oil can offer a similar intake level but the imbalance in omega oils makes flax a poor choice over time as taken regularly, flaxseed will cause an imbalance in the human body's EFAs. Hempseed oil has the right makeup to be the perfect supplement to take daily or simply used in the preparation of food as a replacement for olive oil.

To maintain a healthy nervous system and a sharp mind, a good diet will contain all the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids the body needs. Hempseed oil is made up of a staggering 80% of these Essential Fatty Acids.

The human body cannot metabolize EFA's so they must come from diet alone; in the USA and other Western countries where processed foods are common, EFA's are not found in such foodstuffs as they can only be found in plants and not from animal products.

This would make the addition of hempseed oil not just a good idea, but a fantastic means of achieving a healthy metabolism and a longer life.

Hempseed oil tastes great unlike many fish oils which can be very smelly. Hempseed oil can be added to food while it is being cooked (it's not suitable for frying though), or as part of a salad dressing, as well as a supplement. Because only a small amount is needed it is easy to incorporate hempseed oil in any diet. In addition to the dietary benefits of hempseed oil, it can be used to treat eczema and other skin complaints.

Hemp seed is a good protector against a number of prevalent diseases and improves physiological function in a number of ways: 
·         Lowers blood pressure
·         Circulation and cardiovascular performance increase
·         Increased immune system responses 
·         Energy and metabolism booster
·         Reduces menstrual cramps and other symptoms of PMS
·         lowering of LDL blood cholesterol levels
·         Symptom reduction for inflammation/arthritis 
·         Improves post-exercise muscle recovery rates 
·         Hair and skin condition improvements
·         Protects against many degenerative diseases

There are no dietary components that can compete with hempseed benefits. Ideal for the human digestion and metabolism, hempseed products promote good health. The general health of the world's population could easily be improved with regular hempseed oil supplements or diet additions!

Hemp Seeds are available from http://www.hempfoods.com.au  - supporting Australian Industrial Hemp Farmers!

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