Thursday, August 15, 2013

Do You Know Nutrition: Hemp milk good substitute for regular milk

Can you please tell me about hemp milk? I cannot tolerate regular milk and do not care for soy milk, so I am wondering if this is a healthier substitute.

Hemp milk is made from hemp seeds that are soaked and ground into water, yielding a creamy, nutty tasting beverage.

An 8-ounce serving of hemp milk, depending on the brand, can contain up to 900 milligrams of Omega 3 fatty acids, 2,800 milligrams of Omega 6 fatty acids, all 10 of the essential amino acids, four grams of digestive proteins and 46 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium.

Hemp milk also contains potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B12, vitamin D, folic acid, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Plain organic hemp milk contains no cholesterol, no trans fats and is completely free of soy and gluten.

Hemp protein, from which the milk is made, does not contain high levels of enzyme inhibitors, phytates, which can interfere with the proper assimilation of essential minerals or oligosaccharides, which can cause flatulence and stomach distress.

I have stomach problems, and someone recently recommended that I try aloe vera. Can you please explain any benefits of aloe vera?

Aloe vera is quite often referred to a the lily of the desert. Aloe is a potent healing superfood with a wealth of new research being revealed daily.

At this time, there have been more than 75 healing compounds that have been identified in aloe as well as the fact that aloe has excellent transdermal properties, allowing it to penetrate deep skin levels.

Aloe gel has been used as far back as Egyptian times as a healer for cuts, burns, insect bites, sores, acne, eczema and burns. Aloe juice has become popular since it boosts the body's cleansing action, balancing rather than causing harsh irritant effects.

Aloe juice has anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids that help the stomach and the colon.

Aloe juice alkalizes the digestive processes to prevent an over acid system, which is a common cause of indigestion and acid reflux and can benefit other stomach and digestive tract irritations like colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.

As I always recommend, be sure to tell your physician of any personal protocols that you are taking.

Thought for the week: As a child, my family's men consisted of two choices - take it or leave it.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.

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