Hemp Superfoods

Raw organic hemp has many uses, traditionally used as a muscle builder and energy booster. This ancient food can be traced back thousands of years to Chinese, Egyptian, Persian and other cultures, where it was a highly revered food source. Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and fatty acids and is considered to be a complete food.

At 30 per cent protein content, hemp protein powder is the answer for anyone looking for a raw, vegan and organic muscle and energy booster. It is also essential for overall health maintenance; it contains a wide array of nutrients, antioxidants and fibre. Hemp has been long overlooked as a superfood for its misunderstood association with marijuana. Hemp seeds will not get you high, as they do not contain THC.

Proteins serve a variety of functions in the human body. The main function of dietary protein is to supply amino acids for the growth and maintenance of body tissue. Digestion disassembles proteins into their basic building blocks -- the amino acids. Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the nine essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.

Proteins are considered complete when they contain all nine essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body's needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteinsencouraging a well-balanced diet. Hemp protein is free of the trypsin inhibitors that block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides, which cause stomach upset and gas.

Approximately 65 per cent of the protein in hempseeds is made up of the globulin protein edestin and is found only in hemp seed. Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered the backbone of the cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites.

The globulin known as edestin, contained in hemp seed, closely resembles the globulin in blood plasma and is compatible with the human digestive system. It is vital to the maintenance of a healthy immune system and is also used to manufacture antibodies.

Other health benefits of hemp include:

- A 1.5-tablespoon serving of hemp seeds contains five grams of protein, 86 milligrams of magnesium, 10 per cent daily value of iron, 1245 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids and 436 milligrams of Omega-6 fatty acids!

- One of the Omega-6 acids, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory hormone balancing agents that also supports a healthy metabolism and good skin, hair and nails.

- Like flaxseeds, hemp seeds contain all ten of the essential amino acids.

- Its protein source is much more digestible than others and won't leave you feeling bloated.

- Hemp seeds contain anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E.

- They're also rich in other minerals such as zinc and phosphorus.

Hempseed oil – The aliphatic alcohols contained in hempseed oil have also been known to lower cholesterol and reduce platelet aggregation. One of these alcohols, phytol, is associated with antioxidant and anticancer benefits and can also be found in healthy foods such as spinach, beans, raw vegetables and asparagus.

Another antioxidant in hempseed oil is tocopherol, which is known to be beneficial against degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's. Among other benefits, hempseed oil has also shown a positive effect on dermatological diseases and lipid metabolism (the process by which fatty acids are broken down in the body).

Hempseed oil also has high levels of vitamins A, C and E and β-carotene, and it is rich in minerals like phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. As a food, hempseed oil is nutritious – it contains an excellent balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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