Many people may not have heard of hemp milk, let alone the wonderful health benefits derived from it. For those looking for a comparable dairy milk substitute, hemp milk is a tasty and sensible option.
Hemp milk is made from the hemp plants that do not contain as much of the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (the chemical found in marijuana). Therefore, hemp milk will not alter the mind state of the consumer in any way. Second only to soy milk, hemp milk is highly digestible and contains essential fatty acids that aid in heart health. Hemp milk is reaping with nutrients that provide benefits for the mind and body:
- Fatty acids
- Amino acids
Hemp milk is loaded with essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids help to both strengthen and soften the skin, but are better known for their benefits to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system. Omega-3 fatty acids help with lowering bad cholesterol, treating depression, and even increase joint flexibility and elasticity. Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are known to help aid cell-membrane and tissue repair in the body, eyes, and heart. Consuming the recommended daily values of these essential fatty acids has been shown to slow down the aging process in both appearance and body activity.
Due to the lace of complex sugars, hemp milk proteins are easily digested, absorbed, and used by the body, even more so then even the soy milk proteins. Proteins are essential to the body in both muscle and vascular health, as well as for energy production. Hemp milk is popular with vegans because they cannot get their protein from meat sources due to their diet restrictions. Therefore, hemp milk can be used as a protein supplement to ensure that one is acquiring the daily recommended value of essential proteins.
Hemp milk is also a premium provider of essential amino acids. The body needs 21 amino acids in order to properly function and remain healthy. Hemp milk contains the first ten of these amino acids, and is recognized as the only plant or animal source to claim to do so. Amino acids are especially useful for fighting cardiovascular disease and repairing brain tissue. Studies have shown that amino acids can help improve memory and delay the onset of cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Hemp milk is sometimes recommended as a learning aid for college students, as it can improve focus and concentration.
Phytosterols are not found in traditional dairy milk. These plant sterols reduce inflammation and can block cholesterol absorption. Ingested regularly phytosterols help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Hemp milk is brimming with phytosterols, and drinking it has shown to improve hormone regulation and cell metabolism.
Hemp milk, as one can imagine, does not taste like cow’s milk. Instead, it is said to have a nutty or chalky taste that takes some getting used to. Most healthy drinks do take an adjustment period; however the benefits of such nutrition are definitely worth the acquired taste.