Hemp. Some people use its fibrous stalks to make ropes. And admittedly, looking to a plant from which ropes are made might seem like a strange place to look for something that can help dieters succeed in their weight-loss efforts. But amazingly, the hemp plant provides just that. Hemp seeds are filled with oil, and cold-pressed hemp oil is in fact one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, and as a bonus, helps with suppressing appetite.
Hemp comes in various forms suitable for dietary consumption. For example, the seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal called hemp protein, sprouted, turned into hemp milk (similar to soymilk), or used as a tea.
Similar in many ways to flax seed, hemp seed contains high amounts of protein, and its oil is rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). In fact, hemp contains about 20 percent highly digestible protein, and omega 3 EFAs make up about 22 percent of its oil.
It’s the omega 3s that give hemp its ability to suppress appetite. Recent research reported in the journal Appetite showed that study volunteers who ate a dinner rich in omega 3s were significantly less hungry, both afterward and even two hours later, than those whose dinners contained no omega 3s but were otherwise virtually identical. Omega 3 oils, it turns out, somehow help regulate the brain’s hunger signal center.
Other research has shown that hemp’s benefits extend beyond appetite suppression. Research has also shown hemp to help relieve symptoms of eczema, and its omega 3s are known to help improve memory and brain function.
When you’re doing your level best to lose weight, finding natural ways to subdue your appetite gives you a definite edge in your efforts. And one of the best, proven items to add to your appetite-suppression arsenal is hemp…its seeds, oil, and protein.