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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Hemp

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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8:54AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

Love omegas :O) TYFS

8:27AM PST on Jan 28, 2015


8:22AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

Thank You.................

8:21AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

good info................

7:50AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

One more nail in the coffin of hemp. NO chemicals to produce. NO big money to support. No big farm bill with kick back. NO drug company to make a profit... Darn I lost count of the nails.

7:45AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

thank you

7:45AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

hemp is an amazing plant and can be used for a wide variety of things. and, it should be. from health food to an array of durable products. it is also a strong hearty plant to grow.henry ford even used hemp in an automobile prototype. as far as marijuana goes, i would not call it the 'dirty cousin'. that is an insult to a plant that has real healing ability of certain health issues. watch sanjay gupta's cnn documentary titled "weeds". cannabis oil is changing some people's lives drastically for the better.

7:36AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

Good news and bad. I wish it was "made in the USA"

7:08AM PST on Jan 28, 2015


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