For a long time, the use of hemp was associated with that of cannabis because of their almost similar taste, so its potential benefits were ignored. In reality, hemp seeds do not cause psychotropic reactions and, on the contrary, can provide important health benefits due to its nutritional properties . Today, hemp seeds are considered a superfood to include in healthy smoothies or salads and to sprinkle on yogurt. You can also use hemp seeds in herbal teas, food supplements, oil etc. And it's not just a fashion effect. (Quality) hemp is an extremely versatile plant, with a wide range of benefits and many anti-inflammatory properties.
What are the main benefits of hemp?
It is an excellent source of complete protein
Hemp is an ideal food for those looking to limit their consumption of animal products (vegetarians), as it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it an extremely complete protein. These essential amino acids are considered as such because our body needs them to grow but unfortunately cannot make them itself, so we must obtain them through our diet. Two tablespoons of hemp seeds would represent an intake of 9 grams of protein.
It is rich in essential fatty acids
Hemp is indeed rich in fatty acids. The ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 is a perfect ratio. You need to have a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, otherwise it can contribute to systemic inflammation which is an underlying trigger for almost all health problems we see today.
It is a source of minerals and antioxidants
Hemp is high in magnesium, an essential mineral for calcium absorption, as well as a muscle relaxant that helps reduce fatigue, irritation and exhaustion. It also has iron and vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties and protects our skin from premature aging.
It supports gut health
Hemp is rich in prebiotic fibers which are the favorite food of our microbiota, which ferment them to produce short-chain fatty acids including butyrate, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects on the intestine. Likewise, not only does butyrate improve digestive and immune system health, but it has been shown to improve cases of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis thanks to its anti-inflammatory abilities.
It helps stabilize blood sugar levels
Hemp is the ideal food for those who have blood sugar problems or are following a low glycemic index diet. Its fiber content helps slow the absorption of sugar, which helps prevent reactive hypoglycemia and weight gain.