Cannabis sativa, or hemp as it is more commonly known is cultivated through India and abroad for a variety of reasons. The different parts of this plant have different benefits, and literally every part of this plant including the seeds have a myriad of benefits.
The fibres from the plant can be used to weave fabrics and make ropes, while the leaves and stalks have medicinal properties. The seeds are exceptionally nutrient rich and can solve or at least alleviate multiple health problems. Let us now look into these seeds and the plethora of uses they bring with them.
Hemp: A Perfectly Legal and Useful Plant
When people hear the word cannabis, they sometimes begin to squirm as they associate this family of plants with spurious substances. To clear the air, hemp is perfectly legal and useful. Using products made from hemp only offers advantages.
In contrast to some other cannabis plants, that have a high concentration of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the substance that makes people feel high), hemp has a very low concentration of THC. As a result, it isn’t banned and is fairly easily available.
An Introduction to Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds have a high concentration of both soluble and insoluble fibre and are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. This nutritious seed can be consumed in the right amount on a daily basis to boost one’s overall well-being.
The fibre content improves digestion and helps the body metabolise food. The omega fatty acid content improves heart health and boosts the texture and complexion of skin.
Using hemp in the form of protein powder, oil or any other derived product has its own benefits. Here is a peek into the two primary hemp seed products and the health benefits they bring.
We all use cooking oil on a daily basis. Whether it is used to temper, fry, sauté or simply add flavour to food, cooking oil is an essential in all kitchens. Hemp oil is an alternative to sunflower oil, groundnut oil.
Studies have shown that hemp oil is rich good fats, making it a healthier alternative for other cooking oils. In fact, people have experienced lowered blood pressure, making it the apt choice for hypertensive people (suffering from high blood pressure) and those with heart issues.
Hemp Oil can also be used as a seasoning in salads and dips as it has a subtle, non-repulsive flavour. The mild nutty flavour and slight aroma add immense favour and richness to salads and other raw and seasoned foods.
Are you a fitness affectionado looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle? If yes, hemp seed powder or Hemp Hearts can help you boost the overall health of your heart and muscles. Protein powder prepaped from processed hemp seeds contains fat and protein which is 30% higher than other conventional powders.
Additionally, the carbohydrate content of hemp protein powder is quite low, making it an aprt choice for people suffering from diabetes and others just looking to improve their fitness.
Vegetarians and vegans alike can choose to consume hemp protein as an alternative to animal and dairy based proteins as it offers more nutritional benefits than animal based whey proteins. The protein content in hemp seeds is considerably higher than that of flax or chia seeds, which contain less than 20% protein.
How do Hemp Seeds Work?
Hemp contains chemicals that help broaden the blood vessels. This in turn reduces the load on the heart, improves heart beat, and reduces blood pressure. In fact, the fibre in hemp absorbs water and other toxins from the body, and helps the body flush our unwanted substances.
A substance called ‘terpenes’, commonly found in hemp has neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties. This helps in reducing pain and swelling, and also helps in preventing or controlling the development of tumours.
The Health Benefits of Hemp
The beneficial properties of hemp can help in treating several disorders, and prevent many more conditions from occurring. These include:
- Urinary Tract Infections can be controlled by consuming hemp oil on a daily basis. It increases the urine output and flushes out the bacteria and other microbes in the urethra.
- Warts can be reduced by topically applying Hemp seed oil on the skin.
- Asthma, cough and other allergies can be controlled by orally consuming hemp seed oil.
- Cancerous Tumours may be reduced by consuming hemp products owing to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hormonal Imbalance, particularly in women can be controlled and brought to equilibrium through the used of hemp oil.
- Menopausal and PMS Symptoms can be alleviated through the use of hemp seed products.
Side-Effects of Hemp Seeds
If you are perfectly healthy and free of allergies, you can consume hemp on a daily basis. However, just like any other nutritional substance it needs to be consumed on a moderate basis. If you suffer from low blood pressure, avoid hemp as it can cause the pressure to lower significantly.
Patients consuming blood thinners and other heart medications on a daily basis, need to consult a healthcare provider before consuming hemp seeds.
Some of the side-effects of consuming hemp protein powder and hemp seed oil are nausea, diarrhoea and severe throat irritation. If you experience any side effect, you should stop consuming hemp seeds products immediately.
The Bottom Line
The benefits Hemp Seeds offer can’t be ignored. The from the heart, to the bones and muscles, there is some benefit hemp has for literally every issues. Hemp is a superfood that you should certainly consider incorporating as a part of your fitness and health plan.
Here’s a fact to help you favour hemp seeds:
Hemp seeds and its derivatives offer more nutritional benefits that literally any other plant found on earth!