Hemp seed is one of the better superfoods for women 40+ in my opinion. It can help to keep your joints, heart, and blood vessels and your memory in good condition and it helps build your happiness hormone serotonin. Hemp seed is especially a good addition if you are a vegetarian. But even for carnivorous athletes, it is an excellent source of protein. Hemp seed is a very good alternative to soy. Read here why.
Hemp: an ancient medicinal plant
Hemp is one of the oldest known medicinal plants in the world. It contains many medicinal properties and has therefore been used by many cultures over the centuries. Unlike marijuana, the hemp from which hemp seeds come has no psychoactive effect, so it can be safely used, even by children.
Proteins that resemble our body’s own proteins
Hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) consists for two-thirds of a very high-quality protein that is very similar to our own proteins and is therefore very well absorbed by our body. This already means that you get energy from it. Because it costs your body a lot of energy to convert everything that is more or less foreign (chemical E numbers, for example) into something that is useful for you. Energy that we would rather use for something else. However?
Proteins are the building blocks of your muscles
After soybeans, hemp seed is the richest in protein from a vegetable source, but hemp seed is more digestible. We need proteins, among other things, for muscle building, endurance and to keep our blood sugar in balance. The quality of animal proteins is decreasing sharply due to the use of hormones, fertilizers, and the one-sided and poor diet of the animals. So hemp seed is also an excellent addition for athletes who want a protein-rich diet to build up their muscles and stamina.
In addition, it also contains all eight essential amino acids that our body cannot make itself. These amino acids are needed as a basis for other substances that have an important role in your metabolism, including the happiness hormone serotonin. Suffering from the occasional depressive mood? Then take a handful of hemp seed while hopping and I bet it will make you happy! Give it a try! Don’t forget to hop along!
Hemp seed: the healthy unsaturated fatty acids
Hemp seed contains omega 3 , omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids in just the right ratio for absorption in the body. It also contains another fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is rare, but does occur in breast milk, for example. This gamma-linolenic acid is known for its hormone-regulating effect. We women 40+ can really use that. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Unsaturated fatty acids keep joints, heart, and blood vessels, your skin and your memory in good condition. And omega 3 is also called the food for our brain.
A wealth of vitamins and minerals
Like other superfoods, hemp seed is rich in a variety of minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, iodine, vitamins E, C, and the B vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. The B vitamins are very important when it comes to your energy balance. Would you like to feel more vital? Then add B vitamins (preferably a vitamin B complex) to your menu. This can be done, among other things, by means of hemp seed. Vitamin E is important for proper brain function.
And also a lot of antioxidants and enzymes
In addition to all healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, hemp seed also contains a large number of antioxidants and enzymes, including lecithin. Lecithin plays a role in healthy liver function, stimulating the body’s natural cleansing. Hemp seed is also rich in alpha, beta, and gamma globulin, a substance that helps strengthen our immune system and also helps to replace damaged tissue with new tissue. And who doesn’t want that?
How do you use hemp seed?
Use the peeled hemp seeds. These have a fairly neutral taste. I regularly take 1 to 2 tablespoons depending on how I use it. What can you do with it? Below is a list of what I do with it:
- You can sprinkle them over the salad.
- You can add them to soups or smoothies at the last minute.
- You can use it as a base for hummus in place of or add to chickpeas.
- You can add filtered water to it and make hemp seed milk in the blender.
- You can add it to purchased almond or oat milk, making it richer in nutrients. Almond milk in particular consists largely of simple water, take a good look at the package. Mix everything together in the blender.
- It is an excellent basis for homemade muesli (with gluten-free grains of course).
Where do you buy hemp seed?
My health food store recently put it on the shelf because I kept asking for it. So you can do that too. You can also order them from an online store that sells organic superfoods. Finally, using superfoods as a supplement to junk food or food made in a factory doesn’t make much sense. That is a waste of your money. Healthy food first, then superfoods!