Hemp can be used for more than making rope, fibers and textiles. It has been used for centuries as a food source as its seeds have been said to have multiple health benefits. In some ancient cultures, hemp seeds were a meal for poverty-stricken communities. We’ll go over some of the potential health benefits of hemp in this guide.
Hemp seeds and oil are often used for high concentrations of cannabinoids (CBDs). Hemp is known to aid in reducing inflammation and pain, reducing nausea and multiple sclerosis. Hemp-based CBD may also reduce symptoms of skin allergies.
Potential medicinal benefits:
- ADHD symptom reduction
- Diabetic blood glucose stabilization
- Diabetic neuropathy reduction
- Combatting heart disease
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Weight loss
A published study, that can be found in the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, shows that symptoms reduced 21-percent more with hemp treatment than placebo treatment. Hemp has a high concentration of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and is rich in minerals. These properties help reduce inflammation.
Source of Protein
Hemp seeds typically contain 33-percent protein. It is a common ingredient in protein shakes and health supplements. While hemp seeds aren’t ideal to completely replace protein in a vegetarian or vegan diet, it is a good option for getting a good dose of protein. Protein helps generate energy in the body, which increases metabolism.
Aid Skin Disorder Symptom Reduction
The fatty acids found in hemp seeds can help hydrate the skin. So, for conditions like eczema and psoriasis that cause irritation, the fatty acids in hemp seeds help reduce the irritation. Another skin condition that may benefit from the inclusion of hemp seeds in your diet is atopic dermatitis.
Using hemp seed oil may help correct dry skin conditions that lead to cracked skin on the heels and hands.
Reduce Symptoms of Menopause and PMS
When it comes to menopause and PMS, the female body experiences a multitude of symptoms. For some women, pain is a major complaint in both menopause and PMS. Pain comes from inflammation.
A female’s body also goes through a series of hormonal influxes during menopause and PMS. Hemp oil can help maintain a good balance of hormones to help reduce those “episodes of crazy” that women often experience. Hemp seeds contain gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). GLA converts to prostaglandin PGE1. This is a protective hormone that helps keep a good hormonal balance.
Cellular depletion in the body can lead to several health conditions and can speed up the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Cellular development is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients as their brains are often affected faster with increased cell death.
In cancer patients, cell depletion can occur with radiation therapy. Including hemp seed and/or hemp oil into your daily routine can help your body recover from the effects of radiation therapy. If you have suffered an injury with ongoing consequences, hemp seeds/oil can help your body heal a little faster.
Anti-Cancer Causing Properties
Hemp seeds are known to inhibit cancer cell growth. This means that it helps stop tumor cells from forming and mutating. Slowing cancer cell growth, especially in forms of cancer that can spread or come back in other forms, hemp seeds may be beneficial. As cancer cell growth slows, treatments that are more aggressive can take place.
Improved Heart Health
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death globally. While there are a variety of supplements and pharmaceuticals available to help improve heart health, you can also use hemp seeds/oil to reduce the risk of heart disease. Hemp seeds contain arginine, which is an amino acid. It helps the body produce nitric oxide that helps blood vessels dilate and relax.
Improved blood flow helps reduce high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Reducing inflammation also aids in reducing heart disease risk factors as well. Some studies, conducted on animals, show that hemp seeds may reduce the risk of blood clots and may help your heart recover following a heart attack.
Immune System Booster
A weak immune system may mean that you get sick a lot. Even taking precautionary measures, you may still get sick. If you have cancer or other immune system affected conditions, you are more prone to common colds, flu and viruses.
Hemp oil may help regulate the intestinal flora to strengthen the barrier blocking microbes. Blocking microbes helps strengthen your immune system to help fight off germs causing illness. The inclusion of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids also helps strengthen your immune system.
You may not be aware, but hemp seeds are a great source of fiber (soluble and insoluble). Soluble fiber helps slow down digestion. You may think this is a bad thing but slower digestion helps you fell fuller longer and gives your digestive system the time it needs to properly breakdown foods for healthy digestion. Insoluble fiber helps food move through your digestive system and promotes better bowel movements.
Soluble fibers should be consumed in controlled amounts, as you don’t want to slow down your digestion too much. Consume hemp seeds whole to reap the most benefits from the seeds. Make sure the seeds are not shelled and aren’t labeled as “hemp hearts” because much of the fiber content is gone. Whole hemp seeds can be added to salads, cereals and granolas (just as examples) for easier inclusion into your daily diet.
Medical and recreational marijuana users know all too well about the side effect known as “the munchies”. Hemp protein can actually help reduce those food cravings. Reduction of food cravings aids in maintaining a healthy weight and prevents overeating or indulging when you’re really not hungry.
It is important to remember that hemp does not make you “high”, it has no psychoactive effects. It is rich in cannabinoids, which aid in reducing symptoms of dozens of medical conditions. The seeds of the hemp plant are considered to be a “superfood” as it is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Hemp is often confused with marijuana. They are in the same plant species, but are not the same.