5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp

Hemp has always had trouble stepping out of the shadow of its dirty cousin marijuana. While it is closely related to whacky tobaccy, hemp has microscopic amounts of THC — the chemical in marijuana that gets you high — and eating hemp foods won’t jeopardize your next drug test. The health benefits of hemp are so vast that people are beginning to abandon the antiquated stereotypes of the versatile plant.

Sharon Palmer, author of The Plant Powered Diet, wasn’t wasting her breath when she said, “I think hemp is the next ‘it’ food — it has been for a while.” The hemp seed is bursting with Omega-6 and Omega-3, essential fatty acids that have heart health and anti inflammatory benefits. Hemp seeds are nutty in flavor and breathe life into salads, desserts, yogurts, cereals, and breads. Hemp seeds can be turned into butter, milk, protein powder, finishing oil, and soap.

Unfortunately, Uncle Sam outlawed hemp farming in 1958, a shame when you consider how amazing a crop it is. The plant thrives without pesticides, purifies the soil around it, and kills weeds. The U.S. is the only country that bans industrial hemp farming, quelling what could be an agricultural and financial boon for our indebted country.

Adding hemp foods to your diet is something you should seriously consider, and below are five health benefits of hemp you might not have known.

Five Hemp Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About

The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and therefore sustains your body’s energy. A diet rich in hemp promotes digestive regularity.

When sprinkled on your cereal or fruit at breakfast, hemp protein and fiber also help aid in satiety, which will prevent you from snacking and keep you fuller longer.

The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants.

The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.

Hemp seeds contain essential amino acids, which improves muscle control, mental function, and normal body maintenance of cells, muscle, tissues, and organs.

Sharon Palmer contributed to this report.


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Angela Malafourisabout a year ago

We had a hemp shop in Athens before the economy was all hell. It had great products made from hemp, but unfortunately it closed down. People should seriously allow for the crops and economy to introduce hemp products again...And I had no idea it is an easy crop to maintain either!

Dimitris Dallis
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Mary Habout a year ago

I just wanted to say, great article subject....however the first line bothers me a LOT. Marijuana is NOT dirty, that's so ridiculous. That strikes me as a completely ignorant and continues the 'fear' mongering and the shaming of those who enjoy or need marijuana. It's a plant! It's not meth, heroin, crack or even alcohol. Come on....'pot' fear is so last millennium! I came here to learn more about hemp protein power....but am leaving due to the silly writing style. I expect more from Care2 who I've been visiting and supporting for many many many years. Dirty.....sheesh! FYI - pot can save lives. I've seen it happen twice in the last five years. And I"m not exaggerating, at all. One was a cancer patient with breast and pancratic, given 2 weeks to live. I gave her medicated milk for her tea as a last resort. In less than 24 hours she went back to chemo and was able to eat for the first time in weeks. She's still with us and saw two grandchildren born and had a huge week long party just last week. The other lost his son in Iraq. Hadn't slept in a month straight, He was at the end of his rope, lost his business....lost touch completely and was suicidal. We gave him some pot and he slept for the first time in ages and was able to cope better. He's now starting another new company, has been able to speak about his son and is back with his wife. He smiled again and is no longer thinking of killing himself. Sometimes you just need a little help and pot can be the h

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