Cannabis sativa, better known as Industrial hemp, originates from the same plant family as the illicit drug marijuana. However, despite the fact that both Industrial hemp and marijuana are from the same plant family, the argument that they are one-in-the-same could not be farther from the truth. Instead, for many years hemp seeds have been recognized as the foundation of nutrition and are quickly making their way back to the forefront of modern health and well-being.
Because many of the foods on the market nowadays are processed, man-made and dominated by carbohydrates, the poor protein intake of the general population is of growing concern. Due to the fact that protein is the body’s most important and vital macro-nutrient for healthy living, this is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately in order to fight the increasing health concerns and obesity epidemic worldwide.
Most may never have heard about the hemp seed, let alone it’s amazing nutritional benefits. However, what is astonishing is that from no other natural source on earth can a more complete source of protein be found. The hemp seed contains up to 36% protein and has within it all of the 20 known amino acids – 8 of which are essential and 2 that the human body cannot produce by itself. Of the 36% protein found within the hemp seed, 65% of it is made up of Edestin. Edestin is a protein that is similar to that found within human blood and is completely exclusive to the hemp seed. Because of this, the protein within the hemp seed is seen as being the most recognizable source of protein available for the human body and therefore the most beneficial for our health.
Recent research is stating that Edestin is now becoming recognized as the backbone of cellular DNA, due to its similarity to that of the protein found in the human bloodstream. If this research continues in the direction that it is currently heading, hemp seeds will soon be a central component to the studies of anti-ageing and other nutritional studies within the health industry. The other third of the protein found within the hemp seed is Albumin, another commonly studied protein that closely resembles that of the protein found within egg whites.
Hemp seeds can also be pressed into an edible oil. Similar to the hemp seed itself, the benefits of hemp oil are quickly becoming recognized as nutritional breakthroughs for human health. Hemp oil may be nature’s most perfectly balanced source of oil, containing the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 (linolenic acid) to Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) essential oils that are vital for joint lubrication, brain development and metabolic support.
The oil found within hemp is also known to be incredible for circulation. As a result, many of the products being developed that contain hemp oil are being utilized as powerful natural anti-inflammatories for common diseases such as arthritis. Other major benefits of hemp oil include being used as a way of repairing and strengthening the immune system, acting as a natural metabolic booster to help process food correctly and burn body fat, as well as helping to increase the recovery rate from exercise and fatigue.
Lastly, hemp oil has also been shown to lower blood cholesterol, as well as dissolve the plaque that may be found within coronary arteries which ultimately lowers the risk of heart disease. Hemp seeds are also a fantastic source of other important nutrients that are beneficial to human health; including calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. Therefore there is no doubting that very soon, the hemp seed will be a focal point of human health and nutrition, and some have been aware of this for several years.