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Nutritional Value of the Hemp Plant

Updated on August 4, 2013

The Nutritional Benefits of Hemp

When it comes to hemp, there is no shortage of the nutritional benefits that you can derive from using it. Most of the power comes from the seeds, which is where all the nutrition is stored. When you eat the seeds, you are consuming something that has more protein than any other plant in existence.

The vast quantities of essential fatty acids also make hemp seed an ideal food. The Omega-6 and Omega-3 EFAs are found in the perfect ratio of 3:1, and in addition to the alpha-linolenic Omega-3, there is also Super Omega-3 stearidonic acid. To help further metabolize these fats, Super Omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid is also present.

Just for good measure, a strong array of minerals exists, and a good blend of fiber. The only thing hemp seed lacks strongly in is vitamins, but as long as you eat fruits and vegetables along with the seed, you can get nearly anything you need.

Where to Find Hemp Protein

If you live anywhere other than the United States, hemp food should be flowing and easy to find. Unfortunately, hemp protein is more expensive than it needs to be due to the fact the source plant cannot be grown within the country. For now, all raw hemp is imported from other countries, and then processed within America. Once processed, it is sold online and in stores.

There are many places to purchase the protein itself, one of the cheapest sources being Vitacost.com. If you want the convenience of picking it up in your regular grocery shopping, as long as you go to a store that is oriented somewhat towards health, it should have some brand of hemp.

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