Hemp Seed Benefits: The Most Complete Food You'll Ever Find (Plus recipe for hemp seed milk.)
Have you heard of the hemp seeds? If you have, chances are that you have also heard of its connection with marijuana. When I was first introduced to it I didn't even want to touch it because I thought I was going to end up as high as the Empire State. Thankfully I was wrong. You can enjoy the benefits of this wonderful seed without getting stoned.
What are hemp seeds?
If you have heard of its relationship to marijuana, you are right. Hemp seeds come from the same plant as marijuana (Cannabis Sativa), but they do not have THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the chemical responsible for getting you high. So you can eat them with peace of mind knowing that you won't get in trouble at work or school.
Hemp seeds benefits
Hemp seeds are full of wonderful properties that are super helpful in keeping you healthy and vibrant. Let's go through a few of them.
Hemp seeds are rich in:
Vegetable protein. If you're a vegan or vegetarian you know how hard it is to find protein that does not come from an animal source. Look no more! Hemp seeds are what you have been looking for. These seeds contain 25% of protein. But what really sets this protein apart is the ease with which your body can assimilate it.
Essential aminoacids. Hemp seeds contain 21 aminoacids, 9 of which our body cannot produce on its own. The complete protein of hemp oil provides the body with all the essential aminoacids needed for optimal health. It gives the body just the right amount of what it needs to produce serum albumin and serum globulin. Let me tell you why these two are so important...
- Serum albumin. It is the most abundant protein in human plasma. Among other things, serum albumin is responsible for transporting hormones and fatty acids to the right places.
- Serum globulin. This one contains most of the antibodies in your blood.
So when your body is attacked by any illness or disease, these two - serum albumin and globulin- need to be in good shape to help you fight off illness and disease, and hemp seed helps you keep these two in excellent shape.
Keep this in mind: the body's ability to fight off disease greatly depends on its ability to produce great quantities of antibodies to fight off the initial attack.
Globulins are essential in the production of antibodies, and aminoacids are essential in the production of globulin. If your globulin levels are low when the disease attacks, you will not have enough antibodies to fight off the disease.
The best way to ensure that you have enough aminoacids to make globulins is to eat foods that are rich in protein globulins, such as hemp seeds.
Fatty acids. Fatty acids are essential for growth, vitality and good mood. Maybe that's the reason why we hear about them everywhere. Hemp seeds are 35% fatty acids. Out of that 35%, 55% is linoleic acid and 25% is alpha-linoleic acid. Why are these two important?
Because our body needs it and we can't produce on our own. Furthermore....
Quick facts about hemp seeds
1. 100 grams of hemp seed contain:
- 25% protein
- 35% carbohydrates
- 35% fatty acids
2. Hemp seeds' high levels of magnesium help reduce PMS symptoms.
3. Shelled hemp seeds have less fiber but more amino acids.
4. Hemp seeds are gluten free!
5. Hemp seeds can help you with:
- Digestive problems
- Muscle pain
Linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid are essential for turning food into energy and for the delivery of that energy to your body. The lack of these important fatty acids can lead to a whole bunch of health problems such as cardiovascular and skin problems, dry skin, kidney malfunction, heartbeat irregularities and many other nasty things.
Linoleic acid can also reduce the risk of heart disease, increases HDL (good cholesterol), helps prevent breast cancer, and can help with depression and PMS symptoms.
Hemp seeds also contain:
- Minerals - the most noticeable of these minerals are phosphorus, calcium and iron.
- Vitamins A, C, D, E.
How to eat hemp seeds
Hemp seeds can be added to pretty much anything. You can add them to your salad, shakes, yogurt and cereals. And the best thing is that they taste delicious! Its nutty flavor is a great complement to anything. I especially like to add it to my shakes.
For those that like to bake, hemp seeds can also be added to any recipe you wish. However, if you wish to benefit of all its properties, it is better to eat the seeds raw.
There is also hemp seed oil which is unusually high in good fats. It's also perfect for culinary use as long as it is not fried. This oil must be used cold. You can add it to salad dressings, hummus, vegetables, smoothies, etc... Add it to anything your heart desires.
One of the best ways to eat hemp seeds raw is by drinking hemp milk, which is really easy to make. Check out the following recipe.
How to make hemp milk
Last time I went to whole foods I saw a small bottle of hemp milk being sold for more than I cared to pay for it. I thought it was grossly overpriced. So I ruled out the possibility of buying it.
Then I learned about how easy it is to make hemp milk. Granted, the seed itself is kind of expensive, but at least now I own the seed as well as the milk and not just the milk. In case my reasoning makes any sense, and in case you still want to learn how to make hemp milk, follow this simple recipe.
Ingredients and utensils:
- 1/2 cup of hemp seeds
- 3 cups of water
- Nut milk bag or cheesecloth
That's really all you need, but if you wish to add sweet flavor to your milk you can add one of these:
- 1 date, or
- 1 tbs of raw honey or maple syrup (or to taste.)
Add a pinch of salt to enhance the sweet flavor. I know it sounds contradictory, but it works.
Here's how to do the hemp milk:
**Hemp seeds do not need to be soaked before blending them**
- Blend all ingredients together until the milk is extra smooth (60-90 seconds).
- Once your milk is ultra, super, extra smooth, place the nut milk bag in a large glass container.
- Pour the milk through the nut milk bag
- Squeeze and squeeze until the remainders of the hemp seeds are dry.
- Your milk is ready to drink. It will last you in the fridge from 3-5 days.
Give hemp seed a try. I can assure you that you will be pleasantly delighted. Not only does it taste good, but it is also good for you. What more can we ask?!
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