It has been a rainy windy day. Quite a few people have no power since this morning due to high winds, and there have been flight delays at SFO. It’s a day for soup… and I made a Miso based one with green onions, kale, ginger, turmeric, cayenne and garlic. On the side we had braised organic Brussel sprouts with an olive oil-lime drizzle, and steamed zucchini with a dash of garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.
I have decided to stay away from animal protein for a while, although I usually limit myself to organic white meat chicken and wild salmon. But I have now come across two studies that identify the effects of animal protein on cancer cells… one of them is mentioned on the Epigenetics Project blog:
So I am once again turning to my storehouse of plant proteins.
On August 2nd I wrote a post entitled:
that outlines the history of hemp, how it got a bad rap beginning in the 1930’s, and the many unique health benefits it offers us.
On August 12th I followed that with another post entitled:
which restated the powerful nutrients offered by this tiny seed, and a breakfast bowl idea that includes Hemp seeds.
Today I ran across the following article, and felt that it was time perhaps to write on more post about this miraculous food. I buy organic Hemp seeds from Amazon in 1 lb. bags. It’s easy to add them to your diet.. they have a wonderful almost mastic like flavor.. and make a lovely topping on berries, dairy free puddings, coconut yogurt, incorporated into your jar of mixed dry roasted nuts, or on top of gluten-free toast that has a smear of coconut oil.
Hemp Protein: Eat the Nutrients
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 by: Amielia Ponds
(NaturalNews) Researchers claim that if no other food is consumed, hemp seeds could sustain a human life for a few months without causing nutrient deficiency problems. In fact, hemp protein was used in Europe during tuberculosis outbreaks to reverse the wasting away caused by the disease.
With a protein structure of 66% edestin and 33% albumin, hemp seeds (latin: sativa) contain all 8 essential amino acids plus 2 conditionally essential amino acids. In addition to its surprising protein profile, it also contains the perfect ratio of omega fatty acids researchers recommend for good health: 3- omega-3`s to 1-omega-6.
A human being needs 21 amino acids to survive: Eight are essential and must be obtained from food; two are conditionally essential and can be synthesized if all the eight essential amino acids are consumed. No other plant or animal source, aside from hemp, contains the first ten amino acids necessary for health. Nor do any of them contain the fatty acid ratio essential for life.
Hemp seeds are not unique among plant seeds in having all the essential amino acids. However, they are unique in that they have them in the correct ratio and they are in the form of globulin edestin at 65% of the protein content. The other 35% of the protein content is albumin.
The globulins contained in hemp seeds are one of the seven classes of 100% pure amino acids. Globulins make up the portion of seed between the embryo and the seed coat and they are a fraction of all animal and human blood. Edestin globulin comes from seed; globulin is in blood plasma. Globulin and albumin are classified as globular proteins. All the enzymes, antibodies, many hormones, hemoglobin, and fibrogin are made from globular proteins.
The protein portion of the blood answers the call of tissues in need by providing nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Similarly albumin and globulin provide all the nutrients to the seed embryo until it can begin to provide its own through leaf photosynthesis. The seeds of most plants contain all the necessary nutrients for metabolic activity.
Since globulin is the third most abundant protein in the human body, it is no surprise that it acts as a catalyst for many other processes. It is responsible for the activity of the cells which make up the immune system. These cells are responsible for recognizing and destroying foreign invaders such as toxins, viruses, and dangerous bacteria.
Our body also needs other amino acids in sufficient quantity in order to manufacture other globulin proteins and cells structures. Most foods do not contain sufficient quantities of these essential amino acids nor the right kinds. Additionally, amino acids in many foods, especially animal foods, are not available to the body most of the time.
Since hemp seeds contain 65% globulin edestin and 35% albumin, both in a highly digestible state, it contains a protein panel similar to that of human blood. In addition to the necessary amino acids, it contains the right 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids our bodies need to be healthy. Hemp seeds also contain sufficient quantities of zinc, iron, and magnesium, three of the most common metals/minerals implicated in mineral deficiency diseases.
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And another article:
Hemp Can Repair DNA!
There are many factors that cause damaged DNA : oxidation, UV radiation from the sun, radiation from Xrays,
viruses, plant toxins, and man-made chemicals (chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, hydrocarbons, smoke, pollution, to name a few). Some results of damaged DNA are: premature aging, cancer, diabetes mellitus (diabetes itself may cause DNA damage), Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other conditions.
Cells cannot function properly if the DNA is damaged. However, the cells CAN, through chemical processes, reverse the damage themselves.
Hempseed and hempseed oil have been found to be a factor in DNA repair. Hemp has the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) needed by the human body. One ‘job’ of Omega 3 is cellular repair. Hemp is 65% protein, 35% of which is globulin edestin protein. It is the protein that is closest to human globulin, and is very easily digestible by the body.
The protein is a major factor in DNA repair, as the cells use that protein to correct the DNA damage.
Because hemp is the highest source of Edestin protein, AND is responsible for boosting the immune system, it is a perfect addition to the diet.
About the Author
Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.
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