Hemp Milk Health Benefits: Children And Adults
Is Hemp Milk Good For You?
Based on the information available about this creamy beverage and current market trends, I believe that hemp milk is good for you. Read about the hemp milk health benefits listed here and decide for yourself.
Tell Me About Hemp Milk
Certain varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant are grown for food and textile uses. Hemp is one such variety. Hemp is low (<0.3%) in THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychotropic agent in certain other varieties. While you can gain many medicinal benefits from products with higher levels of THC and CBD, the benefits of hemp milk are largely nutritional.
Hemp milk is a variant that is gaining popularity. It is made from hulled hemp seeds. It is not actually ‘milk,’ it is more like a creamy beverage that is good for you. A bit thicker than skim milk and other milk alternatives, hemp milk has a slightly nutty flavor, similar to almond milk. The ingredients start off very basic, just seeds (soaked or unsoaked) and water. With a little creativity, you can then make it however you like.
This seed milk has a pronounced earthy flavor, you might say an acquired taste. It is low in protein but does contain more than other non-dairy choices. Hemp milk is a great option for vegans or others with allergies, gluten or soy intolerances.
Hemp milk is straight-up vegan. It is not made from, nor does it contain, any animal products. It is just seeds and water. Many vegans may find their soulmates in hemp this glorious concoction. The high concentrations of Vitamin D and linoleic acid it boasts will provide unsurpassed stamina. You may opt for a fortified selection if calcium content is your focus.
Hemp milk is a nutritional treasure trove of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, fiber, iron, and potassium.
‘Cow’ milk certainly does a body good, but many adults (and some children) can’t handle the lactose. Globally, a large percentage of the population identify with lactose intolerance. Plant based milk products, particularly of the seed variety are preferred by these individuals. Hemp milk is a healthy alternative to animal products. Hemp milk is lactose free so there will not be any tummy troubles.
Hemp Milk Contains Vitamins And Minerals
Hemp milk boasts these claims:
- Lactose Free
- Soy Free
- Gluten Free
- More Calcium Than ‘milk’
- Plant Protein Rich
- Promotes Heart, Skin and Brain Health
Hemp milk is loaded with all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay happy and healthy. One 8-ounce cup contains:
- Omega-3 fatty acid
- Omega-6 fatty acid
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Folic acid
- Vitamin D
Hemp Milk Benefits Bone Health
100 grams of hemp seeds contain 1160 mg of Phosphorus. Calcium and Phosphorus are partners in bone building. Calcium improves bone density. Vitamin D is a necessity to absorb Calcium. There are 2278 mg of Vitamin D in the aforementioned serving size of hemp seeds. This helps the body promote bone formation, bone growth and mineralization.
A lack of Vitamin D in children has been known to result in rickets, soft bones. The same deficiency in adults can cause osteomalacia, fragile and misshapen bones.
Phosphorus plays a structural role in body’s cell membranes and nucleic acids. It is also involved in producing energy. Because hemp seeds are phosphorus rich, calcium fortified hemp milk is an outstanding alternative to dairy based milks.
For vegan’s and individuals suffering from lactose intolerance, the consumption of plant-based milk varieties containing phosphorus and high levels of magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron offers protection from osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other age-related bone diseases/disorders.
Hemp Milk Benefits Children’s Health
Not only is hemp milk good for adults, it also provides health benefits for children. Hemp milk, made with pulverized hemp seeds, is safe for toddlers to drink. Fortified hemp milk contains more calcium, essential for a toddler’s bone growth, than cow’s milk. In fact, hemp milk contains 428 milligrams of calcium per 8- ounce cup. Hemp milk also supplies essential omega-3 fatty acids as well as 4 grams of protein in each glass.
Infants are generally lactose intolerant due to an underdeveloped gut. As they grow, children unable to adapt to animal milk become dependent on non-dairy sources to supply their calcium intake. Hemp milk is a great choice for such children. The high Vitamin D content in hemp seeds meets or exceeds these children’s needs. So much so in fact, once they are accustomed to the differences in taste and smell will not miss dairy much at all. They may even prefer the alternative.
Hemp Milk Benefits Skin, Nails & Hair
The outer layer of the two layers that makes up the skin on our the human body is called the epidermis. Epidermal cells perform as a barrier, protecting us against bacterial invasions and foreign substances. They also regulate the amount of water our bodies releases. Our skin reserves oils that are secreted by epidermal cells. These oils are what preserve the health and general texture of our skin.
Hemp milk is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and linoleic acid.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are crucial for the skin to function normally. They are obtained by the foods we eat and cannot be synthesized in our bodies. Helping our skin perform its barrier function and maintaining its structural integrity are just two of the roles they play. They give rise to molecules that influence the skin’s inflammatory response called eicosanoids. They also play a role in the way our skin appears. These vital fatty acids actually protect us from photodamage, visible signs of skin aging, brought forth by UV rays. Dietary supplements that contain omega-6 fatty acids, like hemp milk, ease symptoms associated with inflammatory skin disorders and skin sensitivity.
Because the metabolism of linoleic acid is limited in the skin, it is considered an essential nutrient for skin health.
Many of the vitamins and minerals in hemp milk contribute directly to the health of your hair, skin and nails, especially Vitamins E & A. They help reduce oxidative stress placed on the exterior organs. Stress that leads to inflammation, wrinkles, hair loss, greying hair, weak nails, and other signs of aging.
Hemp Milk Benefits Heart Health
Hemp seed is a naturally stores linoleic acid. A diet high in linoleic acid protects the heart and coronary arteries from harm. Linoleic acid decreases the production of chemicals that cause inflammation in the body. This means that inflammation in the cardiac muscles and blood vessels is reduced. It is possible that drinking hemp milk regularly will lessen the risk of hypertension, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and related cardiac disorders.
Hemp milk does not have any ‘bad’ cholesterol like ‘milk’, it also has a healthy amount of potassium. Elevated cholesterol levels is the leading cause of high blood pressure and heart disease in general. Potassium dilates the arteries and veins. Which in return, lowers blood pressure. What is the verdict? When you drink hemp milk you get more open veins and less artery clogging cholesterol. That my friend is a double whammy for your heart.
Hemp Milk Is a Complete Protein
It is kind of like beans and rice (it’s a southern thing). Hemp milk contains all 10 essential amino acids. Like a car needs oil to run and keep its engine happy, essential means that in order for your body to function properly, you simply must have them. Hemp milk is the oil, your body the car. You can only get the oil (amino acids) from the foods you eat. In addition, hemp milk contains four grams of digestible protein per cup.
Protein + amino acids = complete protein.
I hope that you are beginning to see why hemp milk is such a great addition to a healthy diet. There are no express claims I could find to indicate that the beverage will aid in weight loss. However, drinking some could help to keep you full and without pangs of hunger. This could deter a binge that would only pack on pounds.
Hemp Milk Benefits Cognition
The high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in hemp milk improve certain aspects of brain function like memory, concentration and cognitive performance. Currently under investigation, the effects of fatty acids on those at risk for neurodegenerative diseases is being studied. The vitamins and minerals found in hemp milk are beneficial to young and old alike, regardless of age.
Hemp Milk Benefits Immune System Health
Free radicals are a significant cause of aging, cancer, and other illnesses. It takes years for them to build to a harmful level but hemp milk contains antioxidants that help rid your body of them. Hemp milk also makes your immune system stronger which will help to put off sickness and disease.
So Now For The Lingering Question:
Can I get high? Drinking hemp milk will absolutely NOT get you ‘high’ because hemp seeds are non-psychoactive.
Hemp food products like hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is in fact the same plant that marijuana (mary jane, reefer) comes from BUT edible hemp, or hemp seeds only have trace amounts, if any at all of the THC that causes the ‘high.’ They also have considerably less cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN), terpenes and trichomes that make marijuana ‘fun.’
They may originate from the same species of cannabis but they differ in their chemical makeup, cultivation methods and use – they are genetically distinct.
And a final note: Hemp products are made from seeds whereas medicinal and recreational products are made from flowers. Chew on that!
If you would like to learn how to make hemp milk at home, head on over to a previous post for some hemp milk recipes. I hope that you have enjoyed this post Please leave a comment in the section below and let me know what you would like to see next. Thanks, and have a blessed day.