Hemp for Health?

2018 has been the year of cannabis related products. Hemp is any varietal of Cannabis sativa that contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the component of cannabis that gives a 'high'). The seeds or stalk of the plant can be made to use oil, or ground into protein powders and health foods/supplements.

There are plenty of health benefits to hemp in all different varieties!

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Nutritionals

Hemp is a great source of protein and healthy fats, and low in carbohydrates while being high in fibre. For example, Pulsin Hemp Protein powder contains just 0.4g carbs per 10g. Hemp seeds are relatively high in protein, containing more per serving than both chia seeds and flax. They are not a complete protein, but are relatively high in both L-Tyrosine and Arginine.For vegans in particular, a range of protein sources should always be consumed.

Hemp seeds contain over 30% fat, including high amounts (up to 10%) of omega 3s and omega 6s. Hemp is a great source of vitamin E and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. Finally, it contains high levels of alpha linoleic acid (ALA).

Vitamin E (90mg/100g)

Phosphorus (1160mg/100g)

Potassium (859mg/100g)

Magnesium (483mg/100g)

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Health Benefits

The high omega 3 and 6 content of hemp has associated it with benefits to heart health. The high arginine levels are useful for their conversion to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential for artery and vein dilation, to keep blood pressure normal.

The healthy fats in hemp also make it great for skin health. The oil can be applied externally to relieve conditions such as eczema.

Hemp seeds are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, containing 20% and 80%, respectively. Fibre is needed for food to pass through the gut. If you have issues with constipation, increasing fibre intake can help. Regardless, it is essential to consume enough fibre to maintain a healthy gut.

Healthy fats along with CBD content can contribute to brain health. It is a great choice to keep risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions that affect memory and learning low.

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How to Use

Pulsin hemp is hemp is sustainably grown in the UK without pesticides, herbicides or hexane. Hemp protein powders are not to everyone's taste, so we would recommend blending into a healthy breakfast smoothie. Try fruits, peanut butter, oats, honey!

For some crunch, hemp seeds can be sprinkled onto salads or oats.

Hemp oil Hemp oil can be consumed orally, applied topically or sublingually, or smoked via vaporization.

About the Author

Savannah Westerby. BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Instagram: @savannahwesterby

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