hemp seeds and its health benefits
28 Nov

HEMP SEEDS AND ITS HEALTH BENEFITS

Hemp seeds belong to a group of foods called superfoods. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are especially beneficial for health and well-being. 

Hemp seeds do not cause any psychotropic effects even though it’s botanically related to the drug/medicinal varieties of cannabis( cannabis sativa)  marijuana plant.

However it contains just a little of the THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol) which causes the high. Hemp seeds have the right balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins A, D, E and many of the B vitamins. It’s rich in sodium. Calcium, dietary fibre and iron. Don’t ignore and miss the nutritional  health benefits of hemp seeds which include balancing hormones, improving digestion and metabolism .

These seeds are actually a perfect protein because as they contain all the 20 amino acids and even the 9 essential ones the body can’t produce. They are rich in both types of fibre. It’s one of the food items in which you get the right balance of 3:1 of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are very important in cardiovascular health, reducing inflammation thus fighting arthritis. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals like: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5 ,   B6, D , E. Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc.

Hemp seeds are also rich in GLA – gamma linolenic acid, a powerful anti cancer substance. Other sources of GLA include primrose oil and borage oil.

Health benefits of hemp seeds:

  • Hemp contains lots of plant sterols and antioxidants that can help reduce risk of colon, breast and prostrate cancers.

 

  • They help control sugar levels as it contains healthy days that help in the quick absorption of glucose from the blood

 

  • Hemp seeds are natural appetite suppressants hence help with weight loss. Adding about 4 tablespoons to your breakfast cereal or smoothie will keep you full.

 

  • They promote digestive health as it high in both soluble and insoluble fibre.

 

  • They have powerful anti inflammatory properties thus helps people with arthritis.

 

This talked about seeds are beneficial to skin, hair and nails, you find them in a lot of health and beauty products. I’m not a fan of a lot of chemicals added to these beauty products.  Look out as we hope to produce our own fedora natural and chemical free hair products with pure hemp seeds and oil. Hemp seed oil is great for treating psoriasis and eczema.

It’s been researched and found that the THC in hemp seeds can stop and possibly reverse glioblastoma multiforme- a deadly form of brain cancer( the British journal of cancer). The journal of breast cancer research and treatment confirmed the THC in hemp seeds improved advanced stage breast cancer. Researchers from the university of Rostock in Germany discovered it’s benefits for lung cancer. Hence, consuming hemp seeds can be part of a healthy anti-cancer diet and natural health treatment plan. Also, they are great for cardiovascular health.

How to use hemp seeds

  1. You can sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons on your oats and salads. I do that.
  2. It can be used to make hemp milk and you can have that instead of dairy milk by taking a 1:4 ratio of hemp seeds with water, you could add honey to taste, blend and serve it. You can then refrigerate.
  3. Add a few spoons to your smoothies.
  4. You can add to yoghurt and smoothies: I do this and add other seeds like chia, sesame seeds and fruit. This makes them the food very nutrient dense
  5. It can be added to your chia seed pudding or jelly
  6. Add to homemade salad dressing
  7. Use to make energy bars. Our energy bars are nutrient dense , loaded with seeds and nuts, no sugar or chemicals and very filling.

Bone Broth Benefits
19 Nov

HOW BONE BROTH OPTIMISES YOUR HEALTH

So what exactly is bone broth ?

It’s a traditional nourishing health boosting food that is dads by simmering bones over a number of hours in a slow cooker . It’s loaded with collagen, keratin, vitamins and minerals . This simmering of the bones with vegetables causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine that transform health. This broth is simply nutrient dense!!!  Bone broth is loaded with minerals like calcium, magnesium , silicone,sulphur, phosphorous   in the natural form that the body can easily absorb. It also contains glucosamine and  chondroitin sulphate in the natural form which helps to reduce the inflammation in joints and the pain. It’s a great source of gelatin which is a valuable amino acid  , and acts as a soft cushion between bones. The gelatin provides building blocks for the bones

Bone broth is one of the most healing diet staples . Bone broth has the following advantages:

Promotes gut health. Let’s not forget that about 70% of the immune system is located in the gut area. It’s gut promoting health included  treating leaky gut syndrome. It helps the growth of good bacteria in the gut  called probiotics. . This has been documented in the journal of gastroenterology

It protects the joints as its one of the best sources of natural collagen and this helps restore the worn out cartilage

It supports the immune system as it restores gut health

It boosts detoxification because it helps the digestive system expel waste and promotes the livers ability to detoxify. It contains potassium which in combination with glycine supports both cellular and liver detoxification especially when you use sulphur rich vegetables like garlic and herbs

It’s helps maintain healthy skin including removing cellulite. It helps reduce the visible signs of aging

It can be used to overcome intolerances and allergies

The amino acids in bone broth aid metabolic functions in the body 

It’s also rich in arginine which plays a role in breaking down nitric oxide and thus aiding health circulation

Here are six key nutritional compounds found in bone broth:

  1. Glycosaminohlycans
  2. Glucosamine
  3. Hyaluronic acid
  4. Chondroitin sulphate
  5. Minerals and electrolytes 
  6. Collagen

If you want to buy these in supplement form , they are very expensive

You can’t go wrong with this nutrient dense healing broth

Óla herbs and greens makes healthy and fresh  bone broth, so call and order yours today on 08119488927


Sugar over-consumption
4 Nov

HEALTH HAZARDS OF SUGAR CONSUMPTION

Is sugar harmful really? That’s the big question I’m looking into in this article.
Let’s first define sugar so we can get a better understanding:
Sugar belongs to the food group called carbohydrates which are responsible for providing the body with energy.

There are different types of sugars. For example:

1.) Sucrose which is known as table sugar and is actually the subject of this article.
2.) Glucose which is the major fuel for the body cells.
3.) Fructose which is from fruits.
4.) Galactose which is found in animals.
5.) Lactose which is from milk.

 

Many foods are converted to glucose in the body; and, the glucose in the blood is called Blood Glucose.

 

When you consume sugar or regular carbohydrates and it’s digested, as a result, glucose is released, absorbed from the alimentary canal into the bloodstream. Hence, the rise in blood glucose. Immediately, there’s an outflow of hormones which include insulin from the pancreas into the bloodstream to lower glucose levels which helps convert the monosaccharide called glucose into a polysaccharide called Glycogen as a result.

 

This glycogen is the stored in the liver and muscles for future use when blood glucose levels run low. When the levels in liver and muscles are too high then it’s stored as Fat.

 

Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide which is made up of one unit each of fructose and glucose. It’s actually the fructose part that’s responsible for the numerous undesirable and harmful effects on our health.

 

Unfortunately, the consumption of sucrose over the years has increased therfore increasing the rate people develop many diseases. The more you consume  the more you open your body to a range of chronic illnesses such as; Diabetes, Arthritis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol levels, Cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases and the dreads Cancer. Yes, cancer loves and feeds on sugar.

 

Sugar isn’t just that simple attractive sweet, it actually has unique effects on the body that’s different from other carbohydrates. Though sugar is a carbohydrate, it’s totally different from eating starch which is another type of carbohydrate. Unfortunately, it seems to have found its sneaky way into almost all man-made and processed foods.

 

Human beings don’t physiologically require sugar, as nutritional needs can be met in full in our diets without taking a single spoon of white, brown or raw sugar. Secondly, if only people knew a small fraction of the effects of sucrose, they wouldn’t touch it.

 

 

HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SUGAR:
  • Adds calories but no nutrients hence called empty calories.

 

  • Very bad for the teeth.

 

  • It’s high in fructose and this high amount can overload the liver as fructose can only be broken down by the liver and can thus lead to liver overload. This can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

 

  • It can cause insulin resistance which is a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes
    Insulin is one of the key hormones in regulating cell growth, thus having a constantly elevated level of insulin as a result of high sugar consumption  can contribute to cancer.

 

  • Sucrose is very inflammatory in the body; hence, leads to a lot of inflammatory diseases like arthritis and cancer.

 

  • It has fat promoting tendencies. Fructose doesn’t make you feel full or satiated as glucose would do hence, you just continue consuming it.

 

  • It’s very addictive, almost like cocaine.

 

  • Leads to obesity.

 

  • It raises cholesterol levels especially LDL (the bad one) and causes it’s oxidation. Also, it raises triglycerides, the dense LDL and the oxidised LDL, decreases good cholesterol HDL, abdominal obesity which are major risk factors in heart disease and not saturated fats.

 

 

  • Lowers Vitamin E levels.

 

  • Causes hyperactivity in children.

 

  • Leads to kidney and gallstones.

 

  • Promotes chronic degenerative diseases.

 

  • Causes cataracts and nearsightedness.

 

  • Contributes to osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue).

 

  • Paralyses 50% of the immune system for up to  4 hours.

 

  • It increases the frequency of candida infection and attacks.

 

 

 

COMMON FOODS THAT ARE LOADED WITH SUGAR INCLUDE:

The so called healthy “fat-free yoghurt”, and also, energy bars, savoury foods such as ketchup, salad dressings, pasta sauce.

 

A small paper cup of a popular soft drink contains 22 sachets of sugar. The larger cup contains about 44 sachets. Almost all processed foods are loaded with sugar. About 74% of it is hiding in packaged foods. Most breakfast cereals are just sugar coated with a few grains of wheat or rice or corn.

 

There are about 61 different names for sugar hidden by manufacturers in foods:
Barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup , malt syrup , high fructose corn syrup , beet sugar, cane juice crystals, caramel, corn sweetener, corn syrup , diastase, ethyl maltol, golden syrup, maltodextrin, panela (raspadura) etc.

 

Fructose in fruits is still fructose, so, there’s a need to monitor how much very sweet fruits you consume.

Pineapple, watermelon are quite sweet.
Sugar can be deadly, especially with the rise in consumption over the years and the proportionate rise in chronic illnesses.

In conclusion, knowing how damaging sugar is to our health, shouldn’t we be careful about consumption?