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Nutritional Benefits of Hempseed

Cannabis seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source provides vegetable protein in such an easily digestible form or has the oils essential to life in as perfect a ratio for human health and vitality.

Hemp seeds have a higher content of essential fatty acids than those of any other plant. Hempseed oil is among the lowest in saturated fats at 8% of total oil volume. The oil pressed from hempseed contains 55% linoleic acid (LA) and 25% linolenic acid (LNA). Only flax oil has more linolenic acid at 58%, but hempseed oil is the highest in total essential fatty acids (EFA) at 80% of total oil volume.

These essential fatty acids are responsible for our immune response.
"In the old country the peasants ate hemp butter. They were more resistant to disease than the nobility. The higher classes wouldn't eat hemp because the poor ate it." - R. Hamilton (ED.D, Ph.D.) Medical Researcher-Biochemist U.C.L.A. Emeritus.

LA and LNA are involved in producing life energy from food and the movement of that energy throughout the body. Essential fatty acids govern growth, vitality and state of mind. LA and LNA are involved in transferring oxygen from the air in the lungs to every cell in the body. They play a part in holding oxygen in the cell membrane where it acts as a barrier to invading viruses and bacteria, neither of which thrive in the presence of oxygen.

The bent shape of the essential fatty acids keeps them from dissolving into each other. They are slippery and will not clog arteries like the sticky straight-shaped saturated fats and the trans-fatty acids in cooking oils and shortenings (which are made by subjecting polyunsaturated oils to high temperatures during the refining process).

LA and LNA possess a slightly negative charge and have a tendency to form very thin surface layers. This property is called 'surface activity', and it provides the power to carry substances like toxins to the surface of the skin, intestinal tract, kidneys and lungs where they can be removed.

Nature provides seeds with an outer shell that safely protects the vital oils and vitamins within from spoilage. The seed casing is a perfect and perfectly edible container. Hempseed can be ground into a paste similar to peanut butter only more delicate in flavour. Nutritionist Udo Erasmus (Ph.D.) says "Hemp butter puts peanut butter to shame for nutritional value." The ground seeds can be baked into breads, cakes and casseroles. Hempseed makes a hearty addition to granola (muesli) bars.

Pioneers in the fields of biochemistry and human nutrition now believe cardiovascular disease (CVD) and most cancers are related to fatty degeneration caused by the continued over-consumption of saturated fats and refined vegetable oils which turn essential fatty acids into carcinogenic killers. One in two Americans will die from the effects of CVD and one in four Americans will die from cancer. More people in the industrialized world are succumbing to immune deficiency diseases than ever before and many researchers believe cancers erupt when immune system response is weakened. Promising studies are now underway which use essential oils from hempseed to support the immune systems of HIV patients.

The complete protein in hempseed gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health. It provides the necessary amino acids in the correct proportions for the body to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune-enhancing gamma globulin antibodies.

The body's ability to resist and recover from illness depends upon how rapidly it can produce massive amounts of antibodies to fend off the initial attack. If the starting material of globulin protein is in short supply, the army of antibodies that can be created may be too small to prevent sickness from taking hold.

The best way to ensure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins is to eat foods high in globulin proteins. Hempseed protein is 65% globulin Edestin and includes quantities of albumin, so its easily digestible protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma.

Hempseed was once used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away. (Czechoslovakia Tubercular Nutritional Study, 1955).

The energy of life is in the whole seed and hempseed foods taste great! Hempseed helps to ensure we get sufficient essential amino acids and essential fatty acids to build strong bodies and immune systems and to maintain health and vitality.

(Please copy. Excerpted from 'Hempseed Nutrition' by Lynn Osburn. Produced by Access Unlimited, P.O. Box 1900, Frazier Park, CA 93225 USA. via The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer.)

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