Hemp is among the world’s most nutritious plants and whether hemp comes in oil, powder or seed form it can be one of the healthiest and enriched ways of getting key fats, vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Hemp is also one of most eco-friendly fibers known to man. It’s a regenerative plant which means it heals the environment around it as it’s growing. It requires zero pesticides or insecticides so there’s no harmful chemicals seeping into the groundwater and entering the water cycle. Hemp’s rugged roots anchor soil to prevent erosion and the leaves return nitrogen to the soil. Hemp cultivation generates very little waste and even the hemp processing by-products are useful.
All of these things make it super environmentally friendly and the health benefits are exponential too. Hemp Seeds are are high in key Fatty and Amino Acids which are essential to your body’s health. You can read more about this here. They’re also jam-packed full of things like Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E as well as key minerals such as Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium so you can be confident when taking Hemp Seeds in any form you are getting a fully balanced nutritional superfood in your diet.
Hemp Seeds can improve cardiovascular health and high blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and help the heart recover after a heart attack. The Gamma-Linolenic Acid found in hemp seeds (which you can read about here) has also been linked with reduced inflammation, which may decrease the risk of diseases like heart disease. When your arteries have a build-up of fat, your heart needs to work much harder to oxygenate your blood. When your heart has to work harder than it should, you get high blood pressure and this prevents the cells from getting the energy level needed to survive.
So a simple supplement with hemp reduces the risk of heart diseaseand helps you and your heart stay healthy. And they taste good too! Hemp Seeds have a soft texture, attractive sesame seed-like appearance and a nutty flavour similar to sunflower seeds.
Hemp Seeds come in different forms and what you want to get out of it determines what form you should take it in. If you want all the goodness of Hemp Seeds with more fibre, try the Whole Hemp Seeds. For less fibre, more flexibility with all the goodness then the Shelled Hemp Seeds go amazing sprinkled on everything, Hemp Protein Powder which is super high in protein is sifted from Hemp Flour which is an amazingly
nutritious gluten free flour substitute and Hemp Seed Oil is high in healthy fats.
Hemp Seed Benefits Vegan Nutrition
Hemp is one of the earliest known plants cultivated and one of the world’s most nutritious ingredients which can be added to a wide variety of recipes. Hemp is also a highly eco-friendly crop which is naturally pest-resistant, and because the plants grow fast and close together, they out-compete weeds and therefore don’t require herbicides. Bottom line: hemp seed benefits vegan nutrition as part of a whole foods plant-based diet.
Hemp’s rugged roots anchor soil to prevent erosion and the leaves return nitrogen to the soil. Hemp cultivation generates very little waste and even the hemp processing byproducts are useful. This superseed has a soft texture, attractive sesame seed-like appearance and a nutty flavor similar to sunflower seeds. The hemp seeds can be eaten right out of the bag or sprinkled on many items like granola, salads, soups, dips, or added to baked recipes.
Hemp seed is great in smoothies and dips. Check out this recipe for Hemp Hummus . Make a gourmet hemp milk by simply blending 2 tablespoons hemp seeds with 1 cup of water in a high speed blender (add sweetener if preferred). Vegan nutrition experts might agree with Navitas Naturals that hemp seed is an easily digested complete protein source and one of the richest vegetable sources of the Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
Hemp seed is also a plentiful source of fiber, and vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. Unlike many other nuts and seeds, the hemp seed is not a known food allergen. Hemp seed is also recently said to provide benefits for cardiac health.
One of our favorite brands is Navitas Naturals Shelled organic Hemp Seeds are grown sustainably at small family farms in Canada. Raw, kosher, gluten-free, and vegan, this product is worth adding to your vegetarian or vegan nutrition regimen!
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