17 Apr 5 Ways Vegans and Vegetarians Can Benefit From Hemp
Hemp-based foods and supplements can help vegans and vegetarians, or anyone who consumes primarily plant-based foods, the nutrients they need for health.
Besides being an optimal source for CBD, hemp also contains a wide array of nutrients that can be particularly beneficial to those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet. By eliminating animal-based products, vegans and vegetarians have to be just a little more conscious about what foods they consume to ensure that they obtain adequate levels of particular nutrients every day.
By incorporating hemp into your day, whether it’s through taking full-spectrum CBD oil supplements or adding hemp seeds to your favorite foods, you can more easily meet the recommended daily allowances to support health and wellness.
1. Essential Fats as a Healthy Fuel Source
It can be challenging for some vegans and vegetarians to get an adequate amount of omega-3 fatty acids from their diets. This is because only one of the three types of omega-3 fatty acids is found in plants.
Your body needs omega-3 fatty acids to function. Along with omega-6 fatty acids, omega-3 fats provide energy for the body and are involved in various functions in your heart, blood vessels, lungs, immune system, and endocrine system. Omega-3s also play an important role in forming the structures of cell membranes.
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Hemp-derived CBD oil and hemp seeds contain the ideal 1:3 ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
2. Complete Protein Source to Build and Repair Tissues
It’s a common myth that it’s difficult for a vegan or vegetarian to meet their daily-recommended protein requirements through a plant-based diet alone. Hemp is a superior plant-based source of protein, with its seeds containing about 5.3 grams of protein per tablespoon.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is considered a macronutrient, meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body, and it is used to build and repair tissues, and to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
Hemp is considered a complete protein source, providing all 20 amino acids, including the nine that must be obtained through the diet, that your body requires for optimal functioning.
3. Animal-Free Source of Iron to Boost Hemoglobin Formation
Because of the different types of iron found in plant-based foods (non-heme) versus meat products (heme), vegetarians and vegans need about twice as much iron as those who regularly eat meat.
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in your red blood cells that transports oxygen through your body. Without an adequate amount of iron, your body is unable to make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen. For those who are regularly physically active, iron is even more important.
Hemp oil and hemp seeds are a good source of iron. Plus, hemp contains vitamin C, which dieticians often recommend pairing with iron to enhance absorption.
4. Powerful Antioxidants to Counteract Oxidative Stress and Free Radicals
Plant-based diets have been shown to be associated with a higher consumption of antioxidants, which are powerful substances that prohibit the oxidation of other molecules in the body. Often found in fresh fruits and vegetables, antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules referred to as free radicals.
Hemp contributes several antioxidants to the diet. Hemp is an ideal source of vitamin E, a set of compounds considered to be among the most powerful of antioxidants. Vitamin C, which must be obtained through the diet, plays an important antioxidant role in white blood cells. Selenium, found only in trace amounts in most foods, is also recognized for its antioxidant properties.
Hemp also contains flavonoids, which play a role in the odor and flavor of hemp but are also antioxidants that exhibit significant anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and diastolic effects.
5. B-Complex Vitamins to Stay Energized
Vegans and vegetarians must take extra precautions to ensure they obtain an adequate amount of B complex vitamins, which are essential for certain metabolic functions.
Those who follow a plant-based diet are particularly at risk of being deficient in vitamin B12, which is abundant in many types of meat and fish but not found in many plant food other than fortified cereals. In 2003, researchers found that 92 percent of those who exclude all animal products were deficient in vitamin B12, a condition that causes an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Hemp is a good source of these important B complex vitamins, including vitamin B6, vitamin B12, riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin.
Learn More about the Benefits of Hemp
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