When you hear hemp, you are either thinking about hemp as a fabric or the plant that gives you marijuana. Rarely is hemp used in context of running. But now’s the time to get deeper into what makes hemp a great addition to your diet.

Firstly, hemp is getting more and more popular with people from all demographics. From hemp seeds to hemp oil to hemp protein powder, this once obscure food is making its way into people’s diet at a fast rate. So you are likely to find some hemp-related product on the supermarket shelves.

So what is so great about hemp? For one, it has more muscle-friendly protein than that found in other seeds like flax and sunflower—about 10 grams in a 3-tablespoon serving. Hemp has an assortment of nutrients that include high amounts of immune-enhancing zinc and energy-boosting iron.

Milling hemp seeds into a powder makes hemp protein powder. Different brands have different levels of protein and dietary levels. Because of its essential amino acids, hemp is considered a complete protein, and that makes it useful for repairing and building lean body mass in both vegetarians and meat-eaters

Hemp oil is made by squeezing hemp seeds, and does not have an unpleasant flavor, making it a nice alternative to olive oil. Nutritionally, hemp oil delivers an ideal ratio of essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. This helps fight inflammation in the body, and is known to hasten exercise recovery.

Blending hemp seeds makes hemp milk. This makes for a great dairy-free milk alternative. It has higher amounts of protein and omega 3 acids than almond milk, which is the more popular alternative. Most are also fortified with bone-building calcium. While selecting hemp milk, choose the ones that are sugar free or unsweetened.

Once you’ve gone over this list you will realize how beneficial this super-food is for a runner, especially when it comes to recovery. We at first run suggest incorporating this health giving, protein rich food in your diet.

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