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Superfoods That Fight Arthritis Pain: Hemp
Benefits of Hemp for Arthritis
If you are suffering from the pain and stiffness of arthritis, you can find relief in a surprising place — food. Scientists have found that certain foods help fight the inflammation of arthritis, which helps reduce pain.
Forty-three-year-old celebrity chef Seamus Mullen, who has appeared on “Chopped” and “The Next Iron Chef,” is the epitome of health. He’s participated in more than 30 mountain biking and cycling races in the past several years, including a challenging 161-mile mountain bike race through Costa Rica. However, Mullen hasn’t always been this healthy. Just a little over ten years ago the chef was experiencing unbearable pain so severe that he could not even stand up. Back then, just getting out of bed was a challenge for Mullen. He chalked the pain up to long hours spent working at his Manhattan restaurant. After a trip to the emergency room, Mullen was finally was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. He decided to tackle the disease by changing his diet — and it worked. Today, Mullen is asymptomatic, and his markers for rheumatoid arthritis are negative.
Mullen’s diet includes healthy fats, plenty of omega-3s and lots of vegetables. Through simple changes, Mullen has managed his arthritis symptoms if you have arthritis — whether rheumatoid osteoarthritis, know that some simple additions to your diet can have a big impact.
Hemp Hearts Benefits
Humming hemp hearts are one of the most nutritionally-balanced foods out there. They contain all the essential amino acids that your body needs. Hemp also contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which prevents inflammation. GLA also helps to balance and bind the body’s hormones. The balancing and anti-inflammatory properties of GLA make it perfect for fighting arthritis.
Hemp hearts are rich in healthy fats. They contain more than 30 percent of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp hearts also have the ideal ratio of these healthy fatty acids, which is 3:1.
The Western diet contains a distorted ratio of fatty acids. Most people eat a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, while the intake of omega-3 fatty acids is at the lowest that it has ever been. This kind of diet is hugely damaging. Scientists have found the 3:1 ratio of fatty acids ideal, which is the ratio in hemp products.
Not only do hemp hearts have the ideal nutritional profile but they taste great too. Hemp hearts have a nutty taste — similar to that of pistachio.
Hemp seeds are shelf-stable and versatile and can go on almost anything. Sprinkle hemp hearts on your cereal in the morning, blend them with your yogurt, or sprinkle some in a blender along with your smoothie ingredients.
Hemp Oil Benefits
Another great way to get pain relief is to use hemp oil for arthritis. Like hemp hearts, hemp oil contains GLA — making it ideal for anyone with arthritis. Just substitute hemp oil for olive or vegetable oil in any recipe.
Humming Hemp products are a natural superfood for everyone. They are self-stable, non-GMO, and gluten-free. You can find our hemp products at Albertson, GNC, and Safeway.