Hemp is one of the very first plants ever cultivated by man. The use of the hemp plant for its medicinal and nutritional properties dates back as far as 4000 B.C. in China. Hemp plant which along with marijuana is sub variety of the Cannabis plant. Cannabis plant is harvested for food purposes and by many textile manufacturers.
Hemp milk is the best milk alternatives for those who are either do not like cow’s milk, suffer from lactose intolerance, or are vegetarians.
Source: Hemp milk is made from the seed of hemp plant; other than in making milk the seeds are also used for making oil, and protein powder. Hemp seed has the same protein delivering capacity like flaxseeds and other healthy unsaturated fats.
Taste: Hemp milk is said to taste more creamy and nutty than soy milk or rice milk. And it tends to be a bit thicker than those other products.
Health Benefits of Hemp Milk:
- Hemp seed contains a perfect blend of Omega 3 and 6, which is well known for its inflammation reducing properties. Due to this, it is ideal for people with sun damaged skin, eczema, and for those with ailments like arthritis and heart problem.
- Hemp milk contains 10 essential amino acids, making it a good vegetarian source of protein (but according to research hemp seed is second only to soybeans in being a complete protein).
- Many women who face pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) like irritability, depression, mood swings and lack of concentration experience a lot of relief from the symptoms when they consume hemp milk on regular basis. This is due the huge influx of GLA in hemp seed known to relieve PMS.
- Hemp milk is ideal for diabetic because it helps to maintain ideal blood sugar levels in the body.
- Hemp milk can help give you a healthy skin, hair and nails.
- As far as allergies are concerned, hemp seeds and nuts do not pose the threat that tree nuts do. Similarly, anyone allergic to soy or dairy should be able to safely consume hemp milk.
Nutrient Content of Hemp Milk per One 8-Ounce glass:
- 900mg Omega-3 Fatty Acid
- 2800mg Omega-6 Fatty Acid
- All 10 Essential Amino Acids
- 4 grams of Digestible Protein
- 46% of RDA of Calcium
- 0% Cholesterol
- Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D
- Folic Acid, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Riboflavin, Zinc and more
- One concern that people have about organic hemp milk is that it might contain some of the chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is found in marijuana. Rest assured that this ingredient is not present or associated with hemp milk.
- As with anything, you should always conduct a sufficient amount of research on any products that you are considering trying. There are actually quite a few different brands available on the market, and not all of them are made with organic ingredients.
Hemp Oil: Hemp seed oil comes from the hemp plant – Cannabis Sativa – and should not be confused with the subspecies indica, which is the illegal variety that contains the psychoactive compound delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Hemp seed oil is primarily used as a food oil and dietary supplement it is not ideal for cooking because once it reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit or 49 degrees Celsius; it loses its flavor and nutritional profile.
Extraction of Hemp Oil: Hemp seeds are cold pressed to make sweet nutty oil.
Characteristic of Hemp Oil:
- Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark emerald green color, with a pleasant nutty flavor. The darker the color, the grassier the flavor.
- Refined hempseed oil is clear and colorless, with little flavor and lacks natural vitamins and antioxidants. Refined hempseed oil is primarily used in skincare products.
How much Hemp Oil to Consume: The daily recommended serving of hemp seed oil is 1 to 2 tbsp. (approx. 1 tbsp per 45 kg of body weight). This amount provides 8 to 16 grams of omega-6 fatty acids and 3 to 6 grams of omega-3. It can be taken on its own as a nutritional supplement, but it is also delicious with food.
Cold Pressed hemp seed oil adds a nutty flavor to a wide variety of foods. It is a delicious alternative wherever olive oil or butter is used. It can for example be used as a high quality salad oil in dressings, in making sauces and as dipping bread into it with a little balsamic vinegar.
Health Benefits of Hemp Oil:
- Hemp seed oil has the broadest range of essential fatty acids; it provides the perfect natural balance of omega acids of any nutritional oil. Regular consumption will help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve cardiovascular circulation and organ health, increase energy, reduce the symptoms of PMS and arthritis, and treat common skin disorders such as eczema. It is also a useful preventative measure for all types of degenerative diseases.
- Hemp seed oil increases metabolic rate, therefore increasing fat burn-off, helping you to lose weight.
- Hemp seed oil nourishes the skin, hair, and nails. The profile of the essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil closely resembles the skin’s natural lipids, and it therefore neutralizes the effects of dehydration, and protects against dry skin.
“This post was originally published on January 14, 2012 @ 05:34”