Twenty Terrific Facts About Hemp & Some Health Benefits of Seeds
Twenty Terrific Facts About Hemp! http://ow.ly/dStcd
by Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer Waking Times
About the Author
Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist.
She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning,
writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp –
benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.
Hemp has been grown for over 10,000 years as food, medicine, and textiles. I have composed a list of terrific facts about this amazing plant we know as hemp!
1. The original Levi Strauss jeans were made from hemp fibers.
2. The fiber from 1 acre of hemp (which matures in 100 days) is equivalent to 4 acres of trees (which take decades to mature).
3. Most of the bird seed sold in the U.S. has hemp seed in it
4. HEMP IS THE NUMBER ONE biomass producer on the planet. It produces ten tons per acre in about a four month period. It is a woody plant containing 77% cellulose (wood has 60% cellulose).
5. All products manufactured from hemp are biodegradable.
6. A hemp shirt in 1776 cost 50 cents to one dollar; a cotton shirt cost 100-200 dollars.
7. The first Bibles were made from hemp.
8. Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings were done on hemp canvas.
9. Hemp is an amazing medicine, treating disorders and diseases such as Crohn’s, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, depression, bipolar, diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, and many more.
10. Hemp fuel emits 80% less carbon dioxide than fossil fuels, and almost 100% less sulfur dioxide.
11. Hemp is 35% dietary fiber, the highest of all flour grains (and is gluten-free).
12. Hemp is mold-, mildew-, pest-, and insect-repellent.
13. Hemp fabric is UV resistant and will not break down in sunlight.
14. Hemp is the richest source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. With a content of approximately 80%, it is also high in essential amino acids and GLA.
15. A historical note: “Even in England, the much-sought-after prize of full British citizenship was bestowed by a decree of the crown on foreigners who would grow cannabis, and fines were often levied against those who refused.” (The Emperor Wears No Clothes)
16. Alice In Wonderland was originally printed on hemp paper.
17. The hardiness of the hemp plant and the nutritional benefits could eradicate world starvation.
18. Bio-diesel emissions have lower levels of PAH and nitrited PAH compounds (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are shown to possibly cause cancer.
19. Hemp is a non-toxic alternative cleaner compared to chemical-based househ0ld cleansers.
20. Of the millions of edible plants on the planet earth, no other can compare nutritionally to the value of hemp seeds.
Some of the HEALTH Benefits of Hemp Seed/Hearts
HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are the Most Concentrated and Best Balanced Source of Proteins, Essential Fats and Vitamins in Nature.
Of equal importance, these desirable nutrients are not accompanied in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) with an excess of carbohydrates, sugars, and saturated fats–nutrients which are already eaten in excess and which in the long term have proven to be challenging to human health.
HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) have been sold in increasing quantities through health food stores, health care professionals and especially to older individuals with chronic health problems. This product is priced and packaged to be eaten in quantity.
HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are made fresh daily and remain fresh until consumed because of marketing strategies that favor frequent small shipments and the generous use of free samples by our retailers.
Our customers have become our best sales agents – recommending HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to acquaintances with similar health problems.
Our supplier sells more shelled hemp seeds each day than many competitors sell each year – because of the many health benefits that customers experience by eating HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) in quantity.
- People interested in preventative health and wellness
- People with obesity
- People with chronic constipation Elderly individuals with chronic health problems
- People with high blood pressure
- Individuals on carb-reduced diets
- Individuals battling high cholesterol
- People with Celiac Disease
- People battling depression
- Pregnant and lactating mothers
- Children with hyperactivity disorders
Hemp Foods are Healing Foods: Amazing health and lifestyle benefits, often experienced from the first day, are a result of improved nutrition.
ENERGY: Expect sufficient energy to increase productivity and better enjoy life. You will not need energy boosts from coffee and other stimulants. You will naturally select less pastries, sweets, candy bars and sugar-based drinks.
Middle aged and older individuals who eat four measuring tablespoons of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) each morning, usually raw on fruit or oat meal, notice increased and long-lasting energy. One elderly lady reported that after her first use of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) she cleaned her entire house–the first time she had experienced abundant energy in 20 years. Another elderly lady who previously found little to value in her life remarked that after HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) she often feels like dancing. Because of their increased energy, individuals eating HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) in quantity have less inclination to “pep up” with sweet foods, sweet drinks and stimulants.
WEIGHT: Expect to be free of significant hunger until mid-afternoon. Depending on your health and weight, you may choose to miss lunch entirely. You may restrict yourself to a salad in the evening and lose up to one pound per day, 30 pounds per month. Or without hunger, you may often make later food choices for fruit, salads and vegetables knowing that with HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) you have already consumed all of the essential fats, proteins and most vitamins and other nutrients necessary for promoting good health. With less hunger you will less frequently select starches and carbohydrates.
APPETITE: Except for those with diabetes and other conditions which require individuals to eat frequently, most of our customers eat four measuring tablespoons of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) early each morning. They frequently report that they are not hungry at lunch time–often only slightly hungry at three o’ clock in the afternoon. If they are overweight, they can often skip lunch, eat a salad without dressing in the evening and lose up to one pound per day. Many of our customers report that they have been able to lose 50 pounds in two months. Those who use HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to lose weight are not inclined to regain this lost weight. Those who eat HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) regularly experience much less hunger and are therefore less inclined to choose potatoes, pasta, bread and rice. They are more likely to eat fruit, vegetables and smaller meals.
CRAVINGS: Expect reduced cravings for foods with stimulants, sugars, starches and saturated fats. Often marketed effectively by multinational food giants, such foods in excess promote obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes and increased susceptibility to cancer and a whole spectrum of diet-related and infectious diseases. A breakfast of HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is a concentrated and balanced source of all required proteins and essential fats: Satisfied by HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) your body will not make insatiable demands that result in unhealthy food choices.
DIGESTION: Expect to be untroubled by constipation and less susceptible to intestinal diseases. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is very easily digested by young and old. Important nutritional benefits are readily transferred to those not yet born. Coarse fibers and plant sterols found in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are thought to reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) has none of the anti-nutritional factors that reduce the value of soybeans in many food items.
Customers report efficient digestive systems without sluggishness– able to derive much more benefit from less food. Because they are so easily digested, customers claim that HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) have cured or reduced the effects of chronic problems of the digestive system. There are no known allergies to HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) . Because they are a well-balanced source of all required proteins, all essential fats and most vitamins, HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are of special benefit to those who are unable to eat gluten, lactose, sugar, fish, nuts, meat and other common foods.
FOOD INTOLERANCE: Expect none of the symptoms of food allergies. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is especially beneficial to those who are unable for any reason to eat gluten, lactose, saturated fats, sugars, meats, nuts, fish, beans, etc. Using HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) it is not difficult to achieve an exciting and nutritionally superior diet without consuming foods associated with food allergies or prohibitions. There is no THC in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) — not even one part per million.
CELLULAR HEALTH: Expect many long-term health benefits. Because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is one of the best balanced sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) contains only small amounts of saturated and mono-unsaturated fats which can be easily converted to energy, and because HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is also an unsurpassed source of the whole spectrum of required proteins, it promotes vigorous cellular development with diverse health benefits:
- Expect reduced cholesterol and blood pressure after three months
— with decreasing probability of stroke.
- Expect a reduction in the inflammatory characteristics of many hundreds
- Expect a more rapid recovery from disease, from radiation treatment
and from injury.
- Expect improvement in circulation: Diabetics may notice warmer,
then less discolored, feet.
- Expect a more effective immune system with reduced incidence
of all types of disease.
LIFESTYLE: Expect HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) to make Living Easy: HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) provides great energy, permits weight control without hunger, reduces cravings for inappropriate foods and promotes extensive health benefits, but HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) also eliminates any need to be a “food fanatic”. Consume the essential nutrients each morning when your body needs “fuel”; Reduce your daily consumption of non-essential sugars, saturated fats and carbohydrates. Don’t be confused by those who market high priced products by creating fears about the conventional food industry and who develop and perpetuate obsessions relative to “natural” packaging, “organic” preparations and esoteric biochemistry.
Be adaptable: By adding sufficient HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) , it is possible to make truly beneficial foods out of much less nutritious food choices. HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) is a food ? not a medicine ? but it may be important for certain individuals to have dietary changes monitored by a doctor.
CLINICAL STUDIES: Analysis indicates that HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) are unmatched in Nature for their balance of all required proteins, all essential fats and most vitamins. Analysis also indicates that these beneficial nutrients are concentrated in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) with minimal quantities of carbohydrates, saturated fats and sugar. Many clinical studies demonstrate the importance of these proteins and essential fats. Many other studies associate excessive quantities of sugar, saturated fats and carbohydrates with chronic disease. There are also many clinical studies that indicate that hemp products are effective in reducing inflammation and improving circulation — factors of importance in the cure and prevention of disease. A large percentage of our older customers have selected HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) in desperation because of failing health: Within three months they often experience significant improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure. Diabetics, especially, report that circulation improves, often to the extent that they no longer fear losing their feet. The inflammatory characteristics of many chronic diseases, particularly arthritis, are often much reduced. Various disorders of the digestive system are also often much improved. The experiences of our customers are consistent with the magnitude of clinical studies that relate to these issues. Many health care professionals have tried HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) and are having success with their patients. Most of these professionals attribute their success to the superior balance of proteins and essential fats in HEMP HEARTS™ (shelled hemp seeds) and to the relative absence of sugar, carbohydrates and saturated fats.
Hemp Hearts – Nature’s Perfect Food Source
The benefits of eating hemp seed are quickly gaining recognition with respect to their high content of beneficial properties. Not only are the seeds free of drug chemicals, they also reap a great deal of essential fatty acids, protein, and vitamins
Hemp Seed – A Source Of Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids, or in short form EFA’s are fats that your body cannot produce on it’s own, yet are critical for optimum health.
The buzz today is all about saturated fats, animal fats, and hydrogenated oils and how when consumed in high quantities cause an array of problems such as obesity, elevated cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. EFA’s on the other hand are good fats. There are two types of EFA’s. The first is linoleic acid (LA)or better known as omega-6 and the second is linolenic acid (LNA) or omega-3.
These fatty acids when consumed in the right proportion, helps the energy taken from food and distributes it to every cell in your body in an efficient and healthy manner. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 4:1, the exact balance you find in hemp seeds.
Another important component in hemp hearts you may not know about, is that they contain phytosterals (plant sterols) . This sterol has been proven to lower cholesterol levels by as much as 13%.
It is important to note however, that even though EFA’s provide your body with essential nutrients, a reduction of bad fats is still vital to your health. Following a sensible regime and adding the necessary fatty acids to your diet will no doubt improve any ill condition that is plaguing you, if not heal them altogether. In fact, according to the U.S. drug and food administration, EFA’s may reduce coronary disease.
Amino Acids Prominent in Hemp Hearts
Another component of hemp seeds that humans cannot produce are essential amino acids.These amino acids construct 7 classes of simple proteins.
One of these proteins is globulin edistin (easily digestable) which works with your body to create antibodies, promoting a strong immune system. They also contain 65% globulin, the highest percentage in any plant.
There is also an abundance of vitamins and minerals like carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
This high level of nutrition make hemp hearts a prime candidate for cooking and baking. Better yet, eating them raw by the spoonful everyday will ensure no loss of nutrients which usually occurs as a result of any type of heat application.