Hemp and Health: Benefits for Everybody!
Health is one of the most important things in life. If something is wrong, whole well-being is under threat. You can protect yourself eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. Good nutrition is necessary for mental and physical health. A blood pressure and cholesterol levels are two significant factors that people should regularly check to prevent the most common cause of death – a heart failure.
A short history of hemp
Hemp has been helping to survive and thrive thousands of people. Ancient Chinese gatherers and peasants knew about useful hemp features. Throughout the history, hemp has been a source of raw materials and nutritious food for the Greeks, Vikings, and Barbarians. Hemp was used for sailing, fighting, and clothing. It was virtually the primary material of our ancestors.
The first immigrants to North America were in the scarce of food. They knew that they had to survive. However, they need not only to survive but to be healthy enough to work. Trying to find a compromise, they re-discovered a value of hemp.
Benefits of hemp
Hemp is one of the most nutrient-rich products on the planet (at least, known to us). Just look at this: hemp is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, full of vitamins and minerals, and comprises an incredible amount of protein. Superfood, huh?
Regarding its nutritional value, regular consumption of hemp seeds may provide:
- Reduced ‘bad’ cholesterol levels;
- Decreased risk of thrombosis (blood knots);
- Reduced inflammation;
- Lower risks of developing certain types of cancer;
- Higher fat burning rate.
How to cook hemp?
Looks amazing. How can you add more hemp seed products in your everyday food?
- Use cold-pressed hemp seed oil. You will be amazed by taste and benefits. The cold oil is the best. Make a salad. Cook some hummus. Drizzle over grilled vegetables. Whatever you want to cook with it, just do it and enjoy.
- Looking for a source of protein and don’t want to eat meat? You are lucky! Hemp protein powder is a fantastic addition to smoothies and shakes. Start your day with a bowl of cereals with hemp milk. You will get a solid intake of a vitamin E, iron, and magnesium.
- Hemp seeds are a delicious ingredient in salads, soups, and other dishes. They have a nutty flavor you want to try. Hemp seeds also help to control your blood sugar and blood pressure.
But beware: hemp seeds are very high in calories. 100 grams of hemp seeds contain around 580 kcal. Also, it lacks leucine, the amino acid that is responsible for a muscle building. If you are looking for protein to supply your body while training, go for something else.
Impressed? Don’t wait – go to the neighborhood grocery store or local co-op and look for hemp seed oils, milk or protein powder. Experiment with favorite dishes and tell us what you think!