For some time now, hemp has been labeled a superfood. And rightly so, as it’s packed with vitamins, fatty acids, proteins and minerals, making hemp a valuable addition to your healthcare routine.
The high nutritional content of hemp supplements your wellbeing and health. Hemp can be consumed as seeds, oils or hemp-based CBD products; all of which have differentiating nutritional makeups.
Below, we break down the plant to help you understand how hemp can bring you nutrition and wellbeing.
The Nutritional Values of Hemp
First of all, let’s break the nutritional value of hemp seeds down by looking at the content of a 28g serving.
Proteins make up over 20% of the content of hemp. Protein is made up of amino acids: organic compounds made of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, or sulfur. The protein in hemp is derived from over 20 amino acids and this includes ones that our body doesn’t produce itself.
The fat content of hemp is largely made up of unsaturated fatty acids, including polyunsaturated fats like omega 6 and omega 3.
In regards to carbohydrate content, hemp is very low (8%) with most of this content being responsible for the the high fiber value of hemp. In hemp seeds, we also find: manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and copper.
So what are all these nutrients, and why do we need them?
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As we said, protein is made up of a combination of amino acids, which is required by almost every cell in our body for building and repairation.
Hemp seeds are important, especially for vegans and vegetarians, as they are one of only a handful of plant-based sources for complete protein: meaning it contains all of the nine essential amino acids our bodies require to do the essential maintenance on our tissues, bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. This means that hemp provides high-quality protein that is comparable to that found in meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.
It is also considered a high quality source of protein due amazing digestibility, and when proteins can be digested most efficiently, they can be utilised more quickly and easily by your body. This is also where hemp has the edge, as its digestibility is easier than that of meat proteins and also proteins found in legumes, grains and nuts.
Another area where hemp has the edge? Unlike the causes of extensive farming for animal based protein, hemp doesn’t cause nearly as much damage to the environment. So if you’re low on protein, hemp is a super and ethical choice!
Omega 3 and omega 6 are fatty acids that our body cannot make, so this is why it’s essential to get from our diet. The prime use of both these fatty acids is for growth and repair. They are important for the makeup of our cell membranes and contribute to the regulation of blood pressure and inflammation.
Now, the two omegas work together and there is even an ideal ratio at which they should be consumed in order to get all the nutrients. This ratio is around 3:1, omega 6 to omega 3. Most diets are very rich in omega 6 but lack omega 3, and this is the unique bit about hemp: it already contains the ideal omega ratio. So you don’t need to look elsewhere to supplement your intake of omegas and healthy fats.
The most commonly recommended source for omegas is fish, and this is where hemp take the ethical edge once again. For some time now, reports have suggested that our fish stocks across the world are depleting. So, for environmentalists, vegetarians, vegans and many others, hemp could be your way of getting omegas into your diet without the ethical pricetag.
Gamma-linoleic Acid (GLA) is another important omega 6 fatty acid found in hemp; it helps control inflammation and body temperature.
GLA helps harmonize your hormonal balance and should be on your radar if you suffer PMS, as it could provide you with some relief. In your body, GLA produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin; the hormone that research has shown PMS sufferers are often sensitivity to.
As part of omega 6, GLA is typically found in vegetable oils with one of the best being hemp seed oil, but it can also found in organ meat such as liver.
Hemp for Health
The growth and production of hemp products has a low environmental footprint, so as well as helping your own health by opting to hemp over animal based products, you also help the environment.
Hemp is a healthy addition to your diet, either as seeds or oil. The superfood label, which is thrown around very often, has definitely found a product it belongs to.
You can also read our article How to Incorporate CBD into your Diet and to learn more how to you can get the most from hemp.