Top 6 therapeutic properties of hemp

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We often talk about hemp for the cannabinoids it produces (CBD et CBG in particular) or, conversely, for its industrial interest. We then praise the resistance of its fibers which can be transformed into ropes, fabric or paper. We would almost forget that hemp is a plant that has virtues as such, without going through the transformation or extraction box. Its seeds are then the main concerned, either used in their original form or pressed or crushed to get oil or flour. Hemp as food? Yes, and rather twice than once! Here is 6 therapeutic properties of hemp allowed by its unique composition and who can have a real influence on our health and well-being daily.

1. Hemp is rich in protein

nutritional properties of hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are one of the highest protein foods

To put it simply, a hemp seed is made up of 35% protein, 45% oil and 10% carbohydrates. A good third is thus pure vegetable protein. For this reason, hemp has interesting therapeutic properties for the health of athletes, seniors, vegetarians, vegans and anyone suffering from a protein deficiency or wishing to reduce their animal protein intake. According to the National Health Security Agency (ANSES), proteins are, along with carbohydrates and lipids, one of the major families of macronutrients essential to the body. They therefore play a major role in the structuring of muscles and skin and contribute to the proper functioning of the body by promoting, for example, antibody production, oxygen transport or the good digestion.

2. Hemp is rich in minerals and trace elements

Hemp is also rich in minerals and trace elements, and especially iron, calcium and manganese, zinc and copper. To better understand their importance, note that 4 to 5% of our body weight is made up of minerals. Sufficient intake is therefore essential to our health. In terms of the therapeutic properties of hemp, we can therefore add that it can contribute to regulate our level of trace elements and minerals as well as limit any deficiencies. When such disturbances occur, the body may in fact suffer from thyroid disturbances or diseases such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. A correct intake of macronutrients, encouraged by the consumption of hemp, thus makes it possible in particular to prevent or limit the damage caused by these diseases.

3. Hemp is rich in fiber

hemp leaf properties

The unique composition of hemp gives it many therapeutic properties

Another interesting properties of food hemp, it is full of fiber. And not just any! Dietary fiber encompasses two subcategories: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, which have different characteristics. Those of particular interest here are the insoluble dietary fiber, which are very present in hemp and have a very high swelling power. This allows them in particular to cause a rapid feeling of fullness. Consuming it therefore helps to eat in reasonable amounts and can for example help control weight as part of a diet or the practice of a sport. They also help digestion by promoting intestinal transit, preventing constipation and maintaining a healthy digestive system.

4. Hemp is rich in vitamins

Hemp is also no slouch when it comes to its vitamin intake. It is particularly interesting because of its richness in two particular vitamins:
  • Vitamin B12: it intervenes in particular in the process of cell division and in the production of red blood cells. The problem is, if we need it, we are not able to produce it. It is therefore essential to obtain an external contribution, a task that hemp can help accomplish. Vitamin B12 then contributes to maintain our immune system and nervous system in good working order.
  • Vitamin E: vitamin E is mainly present in fat of vegetable origin, and in particular in seeds and hemp oil. It is above all useful to us for its antioxidant properties that help us keep our cells healthy and therefore also has anti-âge properties.

5. Hemp as a source of essential amino acids

We mentioned above, hemp is packed with protein. In the diet, proteins are notably responsible for theamino acid intake some of which are said to be essential: these are amino acids that cannot be produced by our body and must therefore be provided by our diet. More and more people are now looking for reduce their intake of essential amino acids of animal origin. The problem for our health is very often that the proteins of plant origin that we substitute for them very often have limits in terms of essential amino acids compared to their animal equivalent. Here again, hemp offers its properties to all those who need to fill this gap since its proteins contain nothing less than all nine essential amino acids (AEE).

6. Hemp oil is a nutrient-dense superfood

properties of superfood hemp

Like other seeds, nuts and berries, hemp is a superfood

So, for all the reasons discussed here and a few others, hemp is considered a superfood with numerous nutritional and therapeutic properties. Recommended for athletes and all those who wish to maintain a balanced diet, it is also packed with Omega 3 and 6, "good fat" which, contrary to appearances, helps to control its weight. More specifically, the essential fatty acids (AGE) contained in the properties of hemp could avoid deficiencies causing obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis or eveneczema. An optimal supply of Omegas 3 and 6 also contributes to prevent diabetes, depression or hypertension.

Benefits of hemp for health

All the properties of hemp mentioned above have a direct influence on the health of the consumer. While it is worth clarifying that hemp is not a treatment, it is, like many other plants, a natural and effective way to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Both body and mind benefit. Here are some of the top health benefits of hemp.

Hemp to reduce the risk of heart problems

The heart is the pump of our organism, the vital organ which ensures the proper functioning of our cardiovascular system and therefore the circulation to the organs of oxygen and nutrients essential to life. Bad fats, however, tend to "clog" the system, gradually clogging the arteries if they are consumed in large quantities. However, a fat intake is still necessary. Must therefore focus on healthy fats, participating directly in the good health of our heart. This is the case of omega-3 and omega-6, widely present in hemp. Consuming hemp seeds or their derivatives thus contributes to improve our heart health, including reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides. benefits of hemp for digestion

Hemp and PMS

Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, encompasses a series of generally mild but nevertheless particularly unpleasant symptoms that occur before and during the menstrual cycle. Touching 20 to 40% of people settled, it can include fatigue, back pain, stomach pain, nervousness or even digestive problems. One of the managers of the PMS is theprolactin acid, the rate of which increases naturally after ovulation. However, it would seem that another acid is able to reduce its effects. This acid is gamma-linoleic acid, or GLA. It is widely present in hemp seeds and can therefore contribute to relieve symptoms of PMS if consumed in sufficient quantity.

Benefits of hemp on digestion

Hemp seeds offer a high fiber intake. Better, they contain both soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Together, they keep the digestive system running smoothly and help prevent many common ailments as the Constipation, ulcers and hemorrhoids. Soluble fiber acts as a prebiotic, which creates a favorable environment for good bacteria, essential for our digestion and intestinal transit. For their part, insoluble fiber gives bulk to the stool, promoting its transport through the digestive system. They could also reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

Eczema and other skin problems

The causes of eczema are not always well known or identified. Among the main ones we evoke an allergic ground or stress. It nevertheless seems that the lipids play a major role in triggering flare-ups. For a balanced diet, it is recommended to consume between 35 and 40% lipids. Again, their quality is paramount. By consuming good fats, such as omega 3 and 6, the level of lipids in the blood is more balanced. Together they help limit inflammation and therefore could limit the inconvenience associated with skin problems, and especially toeczema. Orally, hemp oil therefore contributes to the lipid balance of our skin. In topical application, it deeply hydrates and nourishes it, soothing the feeling of irritation and/or itching.

FAQ on hemp and its benefits

How much hemp to consume for a balanced diet?

hemp seed quantity Hemp has the great advantage of combining quality nutritional intake and low caloric intake. It is recommended to consume 20 to 30 grams of hemp seeds per day as part of a balanced diet (2 or 3 tablespoons). A teaspoon of hemp flour can be enough since it is richer in protein. For other concentrates (oil, capsules), the equivalent of a tablespoon is a good average dosage. Note, however, that the consumption of hemp alone is not enough to benefit from a balanced diet. However, it is an excellent tool to achieve this and take advantage of its many virtues.

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil?

Hemp oil is obtained by extracting the fat from hemp seeds. I'CBD oil is a base of vegetable oil (often hemp oil), enriched with cannabidiol mainly extracted from hemp flowers. The two have different properties but benefit from being combined for complementary effects. CBD does not contain fibers or nutrients, but has many benefits (it is in particular anti-inflammatory, relaxing and de-stressing).

Does hemp flour contain gluten?

farine de chanvre No, and that's great news for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or, worse, celiac disease, its most serious form. The farine de chanvre can thus be used as a replacement for conventional flour, making sure to mix it with other flours. On its own, it is an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids. It is however very dense and rich. You will therefore benefit from mixing it, for a more greedy result and more pleasant to taste. 10 to 20% hemp flour is a good start for this, to accompany at leisure with buckwheat flour, chickpeas, rice, corn (all gluten-free) and even seeds and cereals.

Does hemp make you sleepy?

No. Hemp should not be confused with marijuana, or even CBD cannabis. The plant may be the same, but its composition and effects may vary. Thus, all the hemp marketed in Europe contains only a minimal level of THC (). It is therefore neither addictive, nor psychoactive, nor even soporific. In addition, cannabinoids (CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.) are mainly present in hemp flowers. Consuming hemp seeds or flour therefore allows you to benefit from different properties.