Here at Good Hemp we’ve been championing the miraculous properties of hemp for 20 years, and we honestly think that if everyone knew about the health benefits, then they’d switch to hemp in a heartbeat. Rather than preaching, we’re all about empowering our community with facts so that they can become hemp champions too.
What Are The Health Benefits of Hemp?
We’ll try and be succinct… Hemp seeds are packed with omega-3s which are the building blocks of cells and aid brain skin and heart health. Hemp also contains all 20 amino acids, thought to improve muscle control and normal maintenance of cells tissues and organs. And while protein is an important component for muscle repair and building, so too are vitamins, minerals, fibre, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants and a host of other nutritional components – all of which are found in hemp seeds.
So that’s the gist of it in terms of the benefits of hemp, but anyone who wants to know more about the nitty-gritty science of the benefits of hemp should read on.
- Protein is essential for the healthy growth and repair of all our body tissues: our muscles (including the heart), internal organs (such as lungs and liver) and our skin. In addition, protein is a good source of energy and a standout benefit of hemp.
- Proteins are either complete or incomplete. Complete proteins, usually found in animal products, provide all the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own. Incomplete proteins, usually found in vegetables and grains, lack one or more of these amino acids. Hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including all 9 essential ones making it one of the very few plant sources of complete protein.
- In addition to the amino acid content, the ratio of these amino acids defines a protein’s quality. Hemp seeds contain a desirable ratio of amino acids, making it closer to the quality of animal-based proteins than almost any other plant. Another benefit of hemp.
- One other benefit of hemp is that protein in hemp seeds is also easily digested by our bodies due to its composition which makes it more readily available to the body than animal sources of protein. Good Hemp sources of protein are also allergen free. Some plant sources of protein like soya beans contain enzyme inhibitors which block protein digestion, this can cause adverse effects in some people. These enzymes are not present in hemp, showing another benefit of hemp.
- Hemp offers a more complete and richer source of protein than any other seed, including chia.
- Hemp seeds are packed full of omega-3 essential fatty acids which many experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation. Hemp is the most effective source of plant-based omega-3 because it’s the easiest for us to digest and metabolise, making this one of the greater benefits of hemp.
- Another benefit of hemp is that omega-3 found is hemp is extremely effective (though the science takes some explaining…) There are basically two types of Omega 3. The first is the type found in fish oils made up from the fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The second is the type found in plant oils made up from α-linolenic acid (ALA). Plant oils that contain ALA are less potent for humans because of a metabolic block in the pathway preventing this fatty acid converting efficiently into EPA and DHA which our bodies can benefit from. However, hemp is the exception to the rule. The fat in Hemp Drink and Oil uniquely contains Stearadonic Acid (SDA), a biological metabolite of ALA, as well as significant quantities of γ-linolenic acid (GLA), the active ingredient in Evening Primrose Oil. The presence of both GLA and SDA in hemp drink and oil allows the metabolic block – present in the ALA from most plant oils – to be removed so our bodies can convert it into usable EPA and DHA.
- In terms of hemp health benefits, hemp is high in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) the active ingredient in Evening Primrose Oil. GLA can help support a healthy metabolism and strong hair, skin and nail growth. GLA is also a proven anti-inflammatory so can be beneficial for joint pain. It has also been linked to lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- One other benefit of hemp is a rich source of dietary fibre which aids healthy digestion. Fibre can help keep you fuller for longer which can help you snack less and therefore aid weight management.
- The fibre found in hemp is soluble and easily broken down by our bodies unlike some other plant-based fibres so it is less likely to cause bloating.
- As a soluble fibre, in terms of the benefits of hemp, hemp fibre works by absorbing water in your body and creating a kind of gel-like substance which slows down digestion. This actually causes a delay in your body emptying your stomach and can, therefore, make you feel fuller for longer, meaning you need to eat less, less often. Soluble fibre can also reduce the body’s ability to absorb dietary cholesterol which can help lower your levels of the bad LDL cholesterol in your blood.
Vitamins and Minerals
- Good Hemp products contain an array of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron all essential for body cell maintenance. They are also high in vitamin E which is good for healthy skin, nails and hair.
- Hemp is 100% allergen free so is an excellent food choice for those that suffer from food intolerances and need to follow a particular diet. All Good Hemp products are:
- Gluten free
- Wheat free
- Soya free
- Free from artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans