Hemp Oil is one of the healthiest culinary oils produced by nature due to its naturally high levels of Omega 3 and low levels of saturated fat. It contains the most polyunsaturated fats of all culinary oils. The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp are the only type of plant source Omega-3 that we can metabolise effectively. That’s why many experts claim that hemp is good for heart health.Hemp is also rich in GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) and Omega-6 . These long chain fatty acids, more commonly referred to as Omegas are the building blocks of our body and cell growth – so are good for our skin and hair growth, maintaining bone health, regulating metabolism and helping the brain function.
Hemp seeds also contain all 20 amino acids – including the 9 essential amino acids which our bodies cannot produce themselves - these are thought to improve muscle control and normal body maintenance of cells, muscles, tissues and organs.
Whilst 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.
To explore each health benefit further please 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.
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.
The 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.
Hemp offers a more complete and richer source of protein than any other seed, including chia.
Good Fact... Our Good Hemp Pure Protein Powder contains 75% protein.
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. That's because it is much easier for us to digest and metabolise than chia or flax.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). The interest in plant oils as a source of Omega 3 has increased over recent years due to concern about the heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins sometimes found in fish oils. EPA and DHA are derived from 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 Milk 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 milk 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. So it can be argued to have more nutritional benefit as a food source of Omega fats than fish oil. It is also one of the reasons why Hemp is such a healthy source of good fat in food.
Good Fact... Just 1 tbsp of Good Oil provides 94% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3.
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.
Good Fact... Just 10ml of Good Hemp Oil contains 50mg GLA. A typical Evening Primrose Oil capsule contains 45mg.
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, 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.
Good Fact... A single serving (4 tbsps) of Good Hemp breakfast fibre added to your cereal in the morning will provide over 60% of your recommended daily intake of fibre.
Good Hemp products contain an array of minerals including zinc, calcium, phosphorous, 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: