Article by Paul Benhaim
Hemp is making a Comeback in today's Agriculture
Demand for ever different products and the evolving face of the globe has led to many changes in agriculture. Reduced demand for some crops, and other circumstances led to agriculture reducing production; the Hemp plant was one of the victims of policy change and poor education of the lawmakers. Since history has been recorded, hemp has been a popular crop grown by farmers from China across to Europe and Britain. Hemp production was made illegal in a number of countries and this resulted in a vacuum in world fiber markets, so alternatives were grown and cotton gained popularity.
The original problem lay in the fact that some forms of hemp can be taken as a psychoactive drug. Without a clear direction and no way to lawfully distinguish the non-THC hemp from the psychoactive version marijuana there was confusion which was what caused badly-informed governments to ban the plant completely.
Hemp Is Not So Evil it Seems!
Psychoactive varieties of hemp turned out to be a valuable symptom treatment for some serious disorders; this is a long way from the ill-educated accusations of the past. There are a range of other substances that in reality did fill these shoes as evil destroyers, including alcohol and tobacco. When the production of cannabis was banned in the west a hundred years ago, opium could still be legally purchased!
Medical professionals hold a different view these days.
Now that seed and fiber production are seen by governments as a valuable cash crop for farmers, production has been encouraged again. Non-THC hemp production is now on the increase as farmers realize the value of this crop. With better research and more modern approaches, there has been much development in the hemp industry consequently this widely useful plant that comes with a fast growth rate and applications that range from building materials and plastics, to clothing and food, and one of the main components of the hemp harvest, hempseed.
Hempseed - an Important Component
There are good reasons as to why hempseed stands out ahead of crops such as flaxseed; To re-seed the fields following a crop of hemp, seed is required, other properties of hempseed make it special for plenty of reasons; from the important proteins and EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) that are present in significant amounts, to the generous amount of oil produced.
Let's look a little closer:
To understand how important hemp seed is, we can examine the components that make it such a top performer.
Hempseed contains plenty of oil which can be extracted easily. Hempseed oil to mass ratios are very high - usually around 30% of the weight of the seeds is hempseed oil!
When we take a closer look at the oil, we find it contains many crucial nutritional components too:
With hempseed oil being made up of 25 % protein - and great protein too!
The globular protein edestin makes up about 65% of the hempseed oil total protein. Edestin is very close to the blood plasma protein known as globulin. This fact makes it an easy digestible foodstuff for the human body. The human body can use edestin to make agents that remove toxins from the body - for those with kidney problems, this can be very helpful.
Another protein found in hempseed is albumin. this very digestible protein can lower free radicals in the system. Sports enthusiasts see hemp protein as a top performer when it comes to choosing their protein.
The 3:1 omega6:omega3 ratio (with 90% polyunsaturated, 10% saturated fats) matches closely the human body's omega EFA balance. Hempseed oil is the only natural food that has this property - with no alternative natural food that contains this "golden" ratio and these fatty acids are among the most important of all the EFA's that the human body needs.
With EFA proportions not the same as the human body, flaxseed oil is not suitable to take long-term as a regular dose can result in an imbalance in your body's EFAs. Hempseed oil conversely makes an ideal daily supplement or can be used in cooking/food preparation as an olive oil replacement.
To maintain a healthy nervous system and a sharp mind, a good diet will contain all the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids the body needs. Hempseed oil is very rich in EFA's over 80% of the oil is made up of these.
We have to eat these EFA's because the human body cannot produce them by itself; in developed nations the common diet of junk and processed foods contains no EFA's at all as they can only be found in plants and not from animal products.
So hempseed oil in one's diet is not just another supplement to add to your list, but a smart way to stay healthier and live longer through eating a healthy diet.
Hemp seed Oil Can Make Food Taste Great
Hempseed oil is flavorsome and is a lot better to eat than fish oils which are notoriously odorous. Hempseed oil can be added to food while it is being cooked (it's not suitable for frying though), or as a salad dressing. It can also just be taken as a supplement. With only a small amount required, hempseed oil is easy to add to any diet. Skin disorders such as eczema and dermatitis can be treated with hempseed oil.
Rather than supplementing your diet with hempseed oil, a variety of foods can be made from hempseed including: Hemp Pasta, Hemp Salad Dressings, Hemp Snacks, Hemp Pesto, Hemp Ice Cream, Spiced Hemp Seeds, Hemp Snack Bars, Hemp Chocolates, Hemp Bread, Toasted Hemp Seeds, Hemp Milk, and more!
Hempseed flour can be used to make delicious breads and pastries; great tasting butter can also be made from hempseed oil. Hempseed is suitable for the production of a number of vegetarian products such as tofu.
Hempseed Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Human metabolism can be improved a and diseases can be avoided with hempseed oil, benefits include;
· Blood pressure reduction
· Circulation and cardiovascular improvement
· Immune system booster
· Energy and metabolism booster
· Menstrual symptoms reduction
· LDL Cholesterol reduction
· Inflammation/arthritis symptom reduction
· Post exercise recovery improvement
· Hair and skin condition improvements
· Protection against degenerative diseases boosted
No other dietary components can match hempseed for its range of benefits. Hempseed components are ideal for human metabolism and promoting good health. A daily addition of hempseed oil to the world's dietary intake would improve general health significantly!
Although this is just a small introduction to hemp nutrition and foods, there is plenty more information at:
17 Aug 2011
Article/Information supplied by Paul Benhaim
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.