After years of controversy and argument hemp was legalised for Australian consumption last November. In other words, food made from hemp can now be legally sold. A key factor in this decision was a major review by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) that found that the low-THC hemp seed foods are safe for consumption and provide a good source of nutrients and polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially Omega-3 fatty acids. Low-THC hemp contains very little or none of the active psychoactive component of cannabis. This is entirely different from the issue about medicinal cannabis.
Hemp seeds are a nutritional superfood that’s been around as far back as records go. It is one of the best plant-based balanced sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids and high-quality plant-based protein. Our body doesn’t produce essential fatty acids, but they are crucial to support the structure of all our cells.
The seeds contain all 20 amino acids, including the nine essential ones our bodies can’t produce themselves. In fact, it is a complete protein that helps heal and repair muscle and tissue. Hemp seeds are a great source of insoluble and soluble fibre to promote good digestion and are believed to help effective weight loss by keeping you feeling full for longer. They are highly digestible and easier to digest than whey protein without the bloating effect some people experience.
Hemp is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including the vital magnesium and phosphorus for bone health, the important zinc for immunity and the necessary iron for energy. They also deliver vitamin E antioxidants. Research has shown that hemp seeds can improve cardiovascular health by lowering your blood pressure, raising the good HDL cholesterol and reducing triglyceride levels. They act as an immunity booster and can reduce inflammation.
Research has also found skin care benefits. Consuming hemp seed oil improves skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, varicose eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. It’s essentially fatty acid profile closely resembles our skin’s fats, so it treats dehydrated skin and reverses oil loss that causes dry skin. The Omegas in hemp seed act as an anti-inflammatory and are excellent for treating skin conditions. As a moisturiser, it doesn’t clog pores, is suitable for all skin types, can sooth sensitive skin, reduces the appearance of aging or inflamed skin, hydrates dry skin, can prevent acne and can be helpful for people suffering from eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis
So, yes hemp is good and there are many benefits that we can experience from hemp products. Go Vita carries a range of new hemp products. Please check them out.
- Hemp Tea
- Hemp Protein. Use in smoothies, protein balls, chia puddings
- Hemp Oil. Use in salads, pasta, smoothies or as a moisturiser
- Hemp Shampoo, Hemp Conditioner, Hemp soap
- Hemp Seeds. Use in smoothies, protein balls, salads, cereals, soups, mashed potatoes, cakes, bread