Nutrients are chemicals in foods that organisms need to thrive. Nutrients fall into 2 major categories – macronutrients and micronutrients.
Macronutrients are calories needed to burn for energy. Macronutrients are called ‘macro’ because we need large amounts of them. The 3 categories for macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
Micronutrients are nutrients that the body needs less of, although they still play an important role in health and nutrition. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and metals. Many micronutrients are, in fact, antioxidants.
Oxidation in the human body has a similar chemical process when water reacts with iron – it rusts. Oxidation in the body can cause inflammatory diseases and premature aging. This is why micronutrients are so critical, they fight the free radicals that are behind the causes of disease and aging.
Hemp is an excellent source of both macronutrients and micronutrients; it is one of the must nutrient-dense plants on earth. Hemp, and all plants in general, absorb natural metals from the earth (what we call minerals).
Let’s look at some micronutrient metal minerals that are present in hempseed:
* Copper – Copper is an anti-inflammatory; it protects skeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems; with connective tissues it helps synthesize hemoglobin and myelin, protecting the myelin sheath around the nerves (MS is a condition that results from a damaged myelin sheath); copper is also good for the blood.
* Silica – Silica promotes healthy cartilage and skin; it rejuvenates collagen and elastin; silica also stimulates cell metabolism and increases elasticity of blood vessels, as well as boosting the immune system.
* Silver – Silver strengthens the immune system and helps increase energy
* Platinum – Platinum helps with sleeplessness and brain function; it also strengthens the libido; platinum improves nerve function; there is also research being done to test the effectiveness of platinum and its ability to fight cancer
* Zinc – Zinc is an antioxidant; it supports healthy tissue growth. Zinc also works to improve metabolism. It is a common mineral used to combat the common cold and recurrent ear infections. “Some people use zinc for an eye disease called macular degeneration, for night blindness, and for cataracts. It is also used for asthma; diabetes; high blood pressure; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
Other uses include treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blunted sense of taste (hypogeusia), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), severe head injuries, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Down syndrome, Hansen’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers and promoting weight gain in people with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.
Some people use zinc for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), male infertility, erectile dysfunction (ED), weak bones (osteoporosis), rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle cramps associated with liver disease. It is also used for sickle cell disease and inherited disorders such as acrodermatitis enteropathica, thalassemia, and Wilson’s disease.” (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/982.html)
Other minerals that appear in hempseed are : magnesium, manganese, calcium, chromium, iodine, iron, phosphorus, selenium, and sodium.
Of course, hempseed also has vitamins – A, B1, B2, B6, B3, C, D, E.
As you can see above, hempseed is a complete nutritional organism, containing fats, protein, carbs, minerals/metals, and vitamins – all of which are needed for optimum health.