Cannabis – The best source of omega acids and proteins in the vegan diet
The nutritional value of hemp seeds is often underestimated and ignored. This is because the word “cannabis” is primarily associated with illegal drugs in most countries.
Cannabis seeds vs. marijuana
Hemp seeds are not marijuana seeds and are available in stores. There are two types of cannabis: cannabis saha and cannabis indica known as marijuana.
Marijuana is illegal in many countries due to its high THC content, which has a psychoactive effect.
Cannabis practically does not have THC, just 0.3% which is almost 30 times less than the most-rich THC cultivars of cannabis. Physically, it is not possible that the consumption of cannabis can cause hallucinations.
Hemp seeds are used in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.
Beneficial properties of hemp seeds
- Hemp seeds are an exemplary source of protein.
The protein contained in hemp seeds is comparable to the amino acid composition of animal proteins, and thus, do not contain cholesterol and saturated fatty acids. This composition makes these seeds useful for vegans and vegetarians.
Moreover, this protein is better absorbed than soy proteins and does not contain any bloating compounds.
- High amino acid profile
The protein found in the hemp seed has the same amino acid profile as the protein in meat or eggs. While hemp, buckwheat, and quinoa have 20 amino acids, hemp has the highest composition, which is 40%.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
Cannabis seed oil is one of the most valuable vegetable oils. It is rich in important fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic (Omega-3 read here: Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Everything You Need to Know) and linoleic (Omega-6) acids. They are in the proportion for best absorption (3:1), thanks to which the human body absorbs them several times better than, for example, linseed oil.
- Cannabis seeds are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and microelements.
It contains vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E, and K2, which is very rarely available in food. Due to the high fat content in the seed, the vitamins are absorbed much better.
It contains microelements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, chromium, copper, boron, and even iodine.
Health benefits of hemp seed
- Improves the lipid profile of the blood. It regulates blood pressure, which means it can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
- Improves the appearance of skin
- Strengthens hair and nails
- Regulates digestion (has a beneficial effect on the digestive system)
- Supports slimming due to high fiber content (it causes a feeling of satiety)
- Supports the immune system by improving resistance to infection and preventing cancer cells.
- Has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and helps protect the body against inflammation
- Cleanses toxins from the blood and maintains an adequate blood PH level
- Strengthens bone tissue
- Helps improve well-being
Hemp seed products are available in the market in various forms.
Hemp oil – It has a spicy-nutty flavor and aroma. When this oil is cold pressed, it is a valuable source of essential unsaturated fatty acids, which accounts for about 75% of the oil. It is also rich in Vitamin K (read here: Why Vitamin K is Essential in the Daily Diet), which is necessary for the synthesis of important proteins and enzymes, and Vitamin E (100mg / 100g of product).
Hemp protein – It is obtained by extruding oil from seeds. The residue is then dried and ground. Hemp protein powder is mainly used as an addition to meals by vegans, vegetarians, athletes, and health-conscious people.
Hemp Butter – It has a pleasant nutty flavor. It works well for baking healthy cakes or cookies, for making sandwich spreads, and for grilling meat or vegetables.
Flour from hemp seed – It is green-brown in color and has a slight, nutty flavor. It is a natural source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and Vitamins E and B. Interestingly, this flour does not require thermal treatment. So you can add it to your morning porridge, muesli, desserts, salads, and pasta. If you search for the right recipes, you will also find a way to use this baking and frying.
Fiber with bran hemp – This product is extremely rich in fiber. It stimulates digestion, but it should not be consumed in large quantities.
Hempen bran – Besides being a source of fiber (about 50%), it is also a rich source of protein (30%) and essential fatty acids. Due to the high content of fiber, the bran accelerates metabolism, accelerates intestinal peristalsis, and increases the feeling of satiety. However, do not consume a larger dose per day than in the information provided on the package.