Recently, during my annual physical, my primary care physician recommended that I begin taking a daily dose of fish oil for the benefits of the omega fatty acids.
But, unless they have found a way to extract the oil without harming those little skinny-dippers, that was not an option.
Besides, I felt confident that I had my bases covered through the wonders of hemp.
Containing all essential amino acids, hemp has the most balanced amino acid profile of any plant-based protein.
The essential amino acids are those that our bodies need but can not make. They can only be obtained through the foods we eat.
The amino acid Edestin makes up 65% of hemp seed protein. For vegans, this is the highest source of simple protein that’s required for proper immune system function.
Hemp is rich in Omega -3 and -6 fatty acids with hemp oil having the desirable 3:1 ratio and the seed not that far behind with a 55% to 25% ratio.
High in chlorophyll (the reason behind the green color), hemp is alkaline forming. Which, if the body is kept in a pH balance of 7.35%, some health experts believe helps prevent the development of many diseases.
Some other benefits are:
Its great source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin A.
It is highly digestible.
And, for athletes, hemp has anti-inflammatory properties which speed the repair of soft tissue damage resulting in faster recovery time.
Hemp has a mild nutty flavor and can be used in smoothies, sandwiches, salads, burgers and casseroles to name a few. Premium quality hemp is essential. Brands like Manitoba Harvest and Nutiva are excellent choices. We have had better luck with the Manitoba brand as it seems more fresh. That may be the result of how long the product sat on the store shelf as opposed to the actual brand.
We have purchased both brands at Wegmans, our local health food store and on line.