Learning more about hemp as a superfood.
When people think hemp, many things come to mind. It is true that the quality of hemp has been enjoyed for decades by a diverse group of people, but just how beneficial is hemp, what is it (and how is it related to cannabis), and why is it the up and coming superfood?
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a derivative of the cannabis plant. It is traditionally bred for its fiber, giving it a low THC content compared to some other forms of cannabis. Yes, this makes hemp non-psychoactive (it won’t get you high). Although we know the fibrous stalks of the hemp plant to be beneficial for making twine and fabric, it is also quickly becoming a popular material for paper, fuel and even building construction. It is one of our oldest domesticated crops and it actually benefits the environment by consuming four times the amount of CO2 than trees do. This means that by planting crops of hemp instead of say corn, or wheat, there is a far greater potential to cleanse the air by consuming CO2 and producing O2.
How is hemp beneficial for consumption?
Hemp seeds contain an insane amount of naturally occurring omega fatty acids. You can gain these fatty acids from other sources of course, cod liver oil to name one, but hemp delivers them in a way that is highly bioavailable (meaning it is very easy for our body to utilize this nutrition). The seeds are also high in protein and fibre, resulting in a slow absorption perfect for regulating blood sugars. They also have a good dash of amino acids, making them perfect to aid in healthy cellular function including muscle control and mental function. The list really goes on and on from here, but we will save it for another day.
Why is it growing in popularity as a super food?
The root to all of hemp’s goodness is in the seed - naturally. The derivatives from the seeds varies, and each form that the seeds take - powder, shelled, oil - are packed with nutrients. We mentioned its omega fatty acids, but it is also an excellent source of vitamin E and of course protein. Although there is no set criteria for what defines a superfood, they are typically foods that consist of a certain level of nutritional density and are beneficial to health and well-being. Hemp is in line with this description, and it provides the benefit of being a good growing choice for the environment. One might say, that with all these factors combined, hemp is actually the super hero of super foods!