Hemp, which belongs to the genus Cannabis sativa together with such plants as marijuana, has for several years been known to be useful for different purposes including being used to produce textiles, biodegradable plastics, lubricants, and as a source of biofuel. However, not until recently that the amazing benefits of this plant begin to show up. This plant has been found to be one of the most nutritious plants in the world as almost every part of the plant has its own specific health benefit. And that is why many people refer to hemp as a “superfood”.
Hemp has a high concentrated balance of essential fats, protein, vitamins, and enzymes which has made it a useful natural food with a wide spectrum of health benefits including having the potency to help increase and sustain energy levels, promotes weight loss, enhance injury recovery, reduce inflammation, e.t.c.
Below are listed some of the health benefits of hemp:
#1: It Helps Promote Weight Loss
Upon consumption of shelled hemp seeds in the morning, one can expect to be hunger free and discover a significant reduction in cravings for foods with sugars, starches, saturated fats, and stimulants at least until mid-afternoon. This influence helps regulates the intake of excess starches and carbohydrates, therefore, curbing weight gain.
#2: It Helps Treat Skin disorders
Hemp foods are good sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The presence of omega-6 and omega-3 in hemp seed oil has proven to relieve dry skin, improve blood levels of essential fatty acid and also provide relief from eczema.
#3: Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases
The gamma-linolenic acid found in hemp seeds has been found to be effective in reducing inflammation just as the arginine present in the plant produces nitric oxide in the body which helps maintain a lowered blood pressure and reduces chances of heart disease. It also reduces spikes in blood sugar levels and regulates cholesterol levels.
#4: Provides energy
It is proven that people who consume shelled hemp seeds every morning always experience sufficient energy and have no need to rely on sugary foods such as sweets or soft drinks for energy. They also reduce chances of being fatigued or stressed out easily.
#5: Aids Digestion
Fiber aids in digestion and hemp foods are sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. People who combine hemp foods with other high fiber grains, fruits and vegetables are said to experience regular bowel movements.
Indeed, nutritionists have found a gem box which would change our diet for good. We have learned from their research that hemp seeds, as well as its oil, are great sources of protein, healthy fats and several minerals. So, when you want to snack, skip that can of soda or bag of chips and go for a handful of hemp seeds. Did I forget to mention? They’re delicious as well.