Can Cannabis And Hemp Be Considered A Superfood?
“Superfood” is easily the most popular buzzword in the health and fitness industry, and has been for several years now. From supplements to power bars, hundreds of products on the market tout that they are extremely good for you because they contain “superfoods”.
What are superfoods, anyway? These are usually plant-based foods that contain exceptional nutritional properties, and thus are thought of as being potent in preventing sickness and maintaining overall health. Some of the most well-known superfoods include acai berries, kale, spirulina, maca, and more. It’s only natural for anyone who wants to be healthy and live a long life to gobble down products that are marketed as superfoods because they are proven to have extra-large quantities of vitamins and minerals that help prevent disease. Many superfoods contain high amounts of antioxidants which are necessary for fighting cancer, keeping fat levels in check, preventing cardiovascular disease, and more.
Cannabis, and its humble cousin hemp, should be considered among the list of superfoods; here’s just a short list of the conditions it can help with:
And so much more: that’s barely even scratching the surface. This is why juicing raw cannabis is growing in popularity – you might want to take this to your next weekend brunch. Whether you decide to smoke or ingest the stuff, you can be sure that you’re doing your body a whole lot of good – more than any other combination of superoods can do.
Nutritional Properties of Hemp
Hemp has an infinite number of nutritional benefits. Hemp seeds, in particular, are a nutrition powerhouse! They’re a great source of essential fatty acids as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids which are helpful in preventing heart disease, depression, and ven cancer.
Hemp seeds also contain an unusually high amount of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a poly unsaturated fatty acid found in plant seed oils that has been known to help treat different illnesses ranging from ADD to allergies. In fact, just an ounce (two tablespoons) of hemp seeds already has 10 grams of protein, the ideal amount necessary for rebuilding muscles after you’ve worked out at the gym and MUCH more than the amount of protein found in chia seeds which contains around 4 grams in each serving. This is why vegans and vegetarians in the know take hemp seeds as one of their preferred sources of protein. Also, an ounce of hemp seed oil already has 77% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin E, necessary for protecting the body from harmful free radicals and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Taking an ounce of shelled hempseed also contains more than 48% of the daily recommended intake for magnesium, which is necessary for the proper functioning of more than 300 different biochemical reactions in the body. More than half of the American population are magnesium deficient.
How To Consume More Cannabis And Hemp In Your Diet
Smoking cannabis isn’t the only way you can enjoy the superfood properties of this magical pant. Many patients benefit from adding raw cannabis juice to their diet. Hemp also comes in many forms. Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, tastes like a delicious combination of pine nuts and sunflower seeds. These can easily be sprinkled onto your salads, soups, oatmeal, yogurt, and roasted veggies for an added punch of protein.
Hemp oil is made by squeezing hemp seeds until they release their juices. Hemp oil is actually an excellent super nutritional alternative to cooking with olive oil. Keep in mind that hemp oil contains delicate fats that are good for you, so it shouldn’t be heated. Instead, add it directly on dips, pesto, and salad dressings.
Hemp protein powder is also available at many stores and is a great addition to your fitness regimen. Hemp protein powder can support your training since they contain both dietary fiber as well as protein. Hemp contains all the essential amino acids that you need to repair muscles, and is ideal for both carnivores and vegetarian. The powder can be added to smoothies, or into baked good batter and pancake mixes.
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Published at Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000