Hemp is a superfood. Technically a nut, it is naturally high in fat, protein and incredibly nutrient dense. Hemp should be a staple in your diet. But if you’re yet to try hemp, here are the main evidence-based benefits, and the reasons why we utilise hemp in our products.
1. High in healthy fats
Healthy fats are essential for human health, helping to fight inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, promote hormonal balance and improve body composition. Hemp seeds comprise more than 30 percent fat, more specifically - omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 is a powerful nutrient and most people don’t get enough of it, compromising their health.
2. Great protein source
Protein plays a critical role in all the functions of the body. Hemp is entirely vegan, derived from plants and is considered a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids - making it an optimal protein source.
3. Nutrient dense
Alongside protein and fats, hemp is a nutrient powerhouse, containing an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and more.
Compared to some plant protein sources, hemp is known to be naturally bioavailable. A study published in 2010 concluded it is a high quality protein source due to the high protein digestibility.
5. Gut friendly
Whole hemp seeds are naturally high in fibre, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre provides fuel for your gut bacteria, allowing them to function optimally. Insoluble fibre helps to bulk out stools and clear the system, both vital for digestive health.
6. Improve heart health
Due to the high concentration of the amino acid arginine and gamma-linoleic acid (omega-6), hemp is a powerful food for heart health. In fact, in one study, hemp supplementation was able to reduce blood pressure, decrease blood clot formation and accelerate recovery after a heart attack.