10 reasons for eating hemp sprouts
Today I have been fortunate enough to attend a plenary seminar at annual ICRS symposium by Giovanni Appendino, PhD. (Baveno, 2014)
He is a bright professor in organic chemistry whom investigated biological profiles of cannabinoids with the likes of Vincenzo Di Marzo and Raphael Mechoulam.
His talk was incredibly stimulating and covered a broad target of topics.
With today’s post I will attempt to summarize his viewpoint on hemp as a super food (supported by 2 decades of studies and a substantial number of publications).
1. Hemp sprouts are a safe super food.
To contrary of other super foods, such as soy, there is no contraindications with high amount of consumption.
2. Hemp sprouts contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega 3 and omega 6
Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs, for short, are the kind of plant-based fats considered to be great neuroprotectant, effectively preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
For an insight on Omegas benefits, click here.
3. Hemp sprouts have a low percentage of fats compared to other seeds (only 30%)
As discussed here, consuming low levels of dietary fats is not only fundamental for metabolic and cardiac functions, but is also a pivotal point for cognitive performance.
4.Hemp sprouts provide all amino acids
This is an incredible profile for an unmatchable super food. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins, making hemp products the most complete form of vegan protein. (Ps. A steak does not contain all 20 amino acids!)
Hemp also contains Edestin, an unique globular protein that is easily absorbed by the human body and can deliver a quick boost of energy.
5. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of cannaflavins
Cannaflavin is a underrated flavonoid which has an unique anti-inflammatory property .
(Its efficiency is well higher than aspirin)
6. Hemp sprouts taste good
Think hazelnuts taste. Making them not only more potent than aspirin, but also more desirable.
7 .Hemp sprouts do not contain THC.
The % of decarboxylated THC are as low as 0,1 %, making hemp sprouts incredibly safe to consume, showing no psychotropic properties.
8. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of phytoestrogens
Due to the cannaflavin contained in hemp sprouts, it present an unique property: a similar chemical structure to a related plant (Hop- see the evolution patterns of these two plants here), which has been recognised as the plant with the greatest levels of phytoestrogens.
Oestrogen is a potent neuroprotectan as you can find here.
Intake of phytoestrogen is also great at preventing PMS symptoms in women.
9. Hemp sprouts are bursting with antioxidants
Thus helping the body vs Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS for short). Read here to know more on the disease-preventing effects of having a diet rich in antioxidants.
10. Sprouting can occur in your home!
With a little care you could demolish the cost of this superfood almost to zero!
Either it is for prevention or as a cleansing therapy, how did you introduce hemp sprouts in your diet?
Share your tips on your best recipes below!
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