For years, the benefits of Indian hemp have been overshadowed due to its relation to marijuana. Despite the harmless amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in marijuana that gets you high, the health benefits of hemp are so vast that it has become an extremely versatile plant. Hemp has been used for thousands of years to produce rope, paper, textiles, and canvas, but recently hemp has been rediscovered as its reputation for health benefits begins to flourish.
Hemp’s newfound popularity is the result of people trying to improve their health. Consuming hemp in its many forms, such as oil, seeds, protein powder, butter, milk, soap, etc., contains several essential nutrients for the body.
Why Consume Hemp?
Hemp is a complete protein. As a good alternative source for protein for vegetarians and vegans, hemp contains all eight essential amino acids to meet your body’s needs. These amino acids improve the body’s maintenance of tissues, muscles, organs and cells, as well as improves mental function and muscle control.
Easy to digest. The combination of fiber and protein found in hemp produces slow digestion. With its globular proteins such as edestin and albumin, the slow digestion prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains our body’s energy.
Great for heart health. Hemp is one of the few omega-3 sources found in plants. The omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as heart attacks. Surprisingly, the plant sterols and antioxidants found in hemp have been proven to cure several types of cancers.
Improves memory. The make up of your brain contains several fatty acids found in hemp. So with regular consumption, hemp can improve your memory and prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Consuming hemp seeds can also improve your mood, and alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Good for hygiene. The essentials oils found in hemp have antibiotic properties that are great for cleaning the teeth and freshening the breath. The omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate hair and skin growth and maintain bone health.
Improves weight loss. If you are having trouble dieting and looking for a natural way, hemp protein and fiber helps aid in satiety. It is a natural appetite suppressant and can help to significantly reduce your food cravings.