A versatile superfood, hemp can be incorporated into meals in a variety of ways from poha, upma to shakes and smoothies.
Hemp has been used in Ayurveda since time immemorial. It is said that it was found in Himalayas and also finds mention in Vedas as one of the five sacred plants. Also used to make various narcotics, its bad reputation has overshadowed its popularity as a medicine and a superfood. This powerful ancient plant, however, can be used however for treatment of many health issues be it arthritis, piles, insomnia, whooping coughs among others. Hemp has made a comeback in recent years and courtesy its rich nutritional profile is now being recognised as a superfood. (Also read: Arthritis to piles; lesser-known health benefits of cannabis or bhang revealed by Ayurveda expert)
"Hemp seeds, similar to chia or flax seeds, are a natural and vegan source to replenish the body with important nutrients. Brimming with omega fatty acids, essential amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, hemp seeds are proven to improve brain and heart health and provide nourishment to the skin and hair. Due to their multifaceted applications and enhanced bioavailability, they are increasingly being touted as the go-to superfood for daily wellbeing," says Dr. Harshad Jain, Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner, Bombay Hemp Company, BOHECO.
A versatile superfood, hemp can be incorporated into meals in a variety of ways:
1. Consume it raw
You can simply consume 1 tablespoon of hemp oil twice a day. Its nutrition dense formulation aids in balancing hormones, strengthening immunity, lowering cholesterol levels, and much more. Similarly, hemp seeds can be consumed raw as well. They function as a healthy snack and can be munched upon while getting through the day.
2. Include it in your breakfast
Hemp hearts have a light nutty flavour and are a rich source of fibre. They are known to boost energy levels, enhance muscle function and curb untimely cravings. Sprinkling a spoonful of these over a warm bowl of oatmeal, poha or upma, or adding them to your granola bars, will cover your daily intake of hemp and set you up for the day.