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Radical Remedy: Hemp Hearts

If you are looking for a new superfood, here is one you don’t want to miss. It’s called a hemp heart and it’s a hempseed without its shell. Its composition is simply mind blowing. Containing 33% of protein it provides all the amino acids which are required for life. This includes all the essential amino acids that need to come from our diet. This plant based protein is also a great source of energy. The body prefers to burn it instead of converting it to fat.

When digested and utilized by the body, it produces an alkaline environment. This is in contrast to animal based proteins. An alkaline environment around cells promotes health. Bones are not dissolved, muscle rebuilds faster, circulation is improved and all the cells of the body are much happier.

Another third of Hemp Hearts are polyunsaturated fats mostly omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fats are excellent for brain health. They improve our memory and overall mood. They are also strongly anti-inflammatory thus benefiting patients with inflammatory conditions as well as supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. The fats are also an excellent source of energy. They suppress our appetite and make us feel fuller. With the addition of a proper diet individuals have lost and kept off a pound of fat per day.

Finally the last third is composed of fiber, which is excellent for digestive health and for preventing colon cancer, some complex carbohydrates and an impressive array of minerals and vitamins. Iron, calcium, and many essential vitamins are all present at impressive but still safe levels.

You can add these amazing seeds for optimal health to your oatmeal, sprinkled on cereal, added to yogurt, mixed in a smoothie or a protein shake, or mixed with some fruit or in any other way that you like or prefer.

They are tasty, healthy, and absolutely amazing anyway you look at it.

Dr. Karol M.D

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Radical Remedies: Hemp Hearts

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Last Saturday on the radio at the Natural Health Show (Saturday 11am ET AM740 and Sunday 5pm PT AM980) I discussed the topic of Hemp Hearts as a super food. I find this topic dear to my heart as I have been involved in healthy body building most of my life and healthy plant based protein sources are essential for the practice of this sport.

This topic is of strong interest at the present in the athletic and the health supplement world because of two reasons. First, traditional animal based (including dairy) protein sources usually contain unhealthy fats and cholesterol. When broken down they acidify the body. This slows down muscle growth, breaks down bones (by dissolving the calcium) and creates an inflammatory state all over the body. The combination of bad fats, lack of fiber and excess acidity can cause a myriad of chronic and serious medical conditions. Furthermore, animal protein sources contain very little, if any, nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals.

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