10 reasons for eating hemp sprouts
by Viola Brugnatelli · Published June 29, 2014 · Updated December 6, 2017
Today I have been fortunate enough to attend a plenary seminar at annual ICRS symposium by Giovanni Appendino, PhD. (Baveno, 2014)
He is a bright professor in organic chemistry whom investigated biological profiles of cannabinoids with the likes of Vincenzo Di Marzo and Raphael Mechoulam.
His talk was incredibly stimulating and covered a broad target of topics.
With today’s post I will attempt to summarize his viewpoint on hemp as a super food (supported by 2 decades of studies and a substantial number of publications).
1. Hemp sprouts are a safe super food.
To contrary of other super foods, such as soy, there is no contraindications with high amount of consumption.
2. Hemp sprouts contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega 3 and omega 6
Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids or PUFAs, for short, are the kind of plant-based fats considered to be great neuroprotectant, effectively preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
For an insight on Omegas benefits, click here.
3. Hemp sprouts have a low percentage of fats compared to other seeds (only 30%)
As discussed here, consuming low levels of dietary fats is not only fundamental for metabolic and cardiac functions, but is also a pivotal point for cognitive performance.
4.Hemp sprouts provide all amino acids
This is an incredible profile for an unmatchable super food. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins, making hemp products the most complete form of vegan protein. (Ps. A steak does not contain all 20 amino acids!)
Amino acid values for hemp seed (cv Finola) and rapeseed in Table 3 were derived experimentally at MTT (the National Agricultural Laboratories in Jokionen, Finland). Other amino acid values in Table 3 were obtained from an authoritative literary source (Scherz et al., 1986).
Hemp also contains Edestin, an unique globular protein that is easily absorbed by the human body and can deliver a quick boost of energy.
5. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of cannaflavins
Cannaflavin is a underrated flavonoid which has an unique anti-inflammatory property .
(Its efficiency is well higher than aspirin)
6. Hemp sprouts taste good
Think hazelnuts taste. Making them not only more potent than aspirin, but also more desirable.
7 .Hemp sprouts do not contain THC.
The % of decarboxylated THC are as low as 0,1 %, making hemp sprouts incredibly safe to consume, showing no psychotropic properties.
8. Hemp sprouts contain high levels of phytoestrogens
Due to the cannaflavin contained in hemp sprouts, it present an unique property: a similar chemical structure to a related plant (Hop- see the evolution patterns of these two plants here), which has been recognised as the plant with the greatest levels of phytoestrogens.
Oestrogen is a potent neuroprotectan as you can find here.
Intake of phytoestrogen is also great at preventing PMS symptoms in women.
9. Hemp sprouts are bursting with antioxidants
Thus helping the body vs Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS for short). Read here to know more on the disease-preventing effects of having a diet rich in antioxidants.
10. Sprouting can occur in your home!
With a little care you could demolish the cost of this superfood almost to zero!
Either it is for prevention or as a cleansing therapy, how did you introduce hemp sprouts in your diet?
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Hemp sprouts are a safe super food. They contain and maintain a stable ratio of omega 3 & 6 and provide all amino acids. Discover the scientific evidence!
Growing Hemp Sprouts
Growing Hemp Sprouts Instructions
Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts.
Seed Prep Measure out 2/3 Cup of seed* Pick out anything you don’t think should be there (shell or plant pieces, imperfect seeds if you wish (we don’t), etc.). Rinse your seeds to remove dust or debris.
Soak Transfer your seeds into your Sprouter, or a bowl. Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70 degree) water. Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all. Allow seeds to Soak for 4-12 hours.
Sprouting Empty the seeds into your Sprouter (if necessary). Drain off the soak water. You can use it – it has nutrients in it.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water. Drain thoroughly.
Set your Sprouter anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses. This is where your sprouts do their growing. We use a counter top – in the corner of our kitchen, but where the sprouter won’t get knocked over by cats, dogs, kids or us. We don’t mind the indirect sunlight or the 150 watts of incandescent light, because light just does not matter much. A plant can only perform photosynthesis when it has leaves. Until a plant has leaves, light has little if any effect. Sprouts also happen to like air-circulation, so don’t hide your sprouts.
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours. And, perhaps one more. Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
We stop here if we are growing small crunchy sprouts. You can grow these into a sprout with a leaf if you like. Just continue to Rinse and Drain every 8-12 hours until you are pleased.
As always, we suggest that you taste your crop at Every Rinse – including the very first – just after the Soak period. The soaked seeds are already alive and are now super-nutritious – and – they now have no enzyme inhibitors (a very good thing indeed) so they’ll digest themselves and nourish you.
Harvest Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final Rinse. Be sure – if you plan on storing your crop – to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final Rinse. The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts – they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Refrigerate Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag, our shelf life extending Produce Storage Bags, or the sealed container of your choice (glass is good too). Whatever you choose – put them in your refrigerator – if you can keep from eating them all first.
*Seed to Use If using Sproutpeople’s Single Harvest Pack – use the whole bag.
These seeds will yield approximately 1.5:1 (you get 1.5 pounds for every pound of dry seed), so in theory you can start with up to as 2/3 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity. We generally advise maxing out at 1/2 capacity, until you get used to growing a particular crop.
Instructions for Growing Hemp Sprouts from Sproutpeople, 100% GMO-Free Organic Seed Specialists Since 1993.