Persistence Market Research analysis suggests that the growing demand for hemp protein in the health industry is significantly helping the market to emerge. Scientists have found twenty amino acids present in hemp protein. Out of these twenty, nine are essential amino acids highly important for the human body.
Moreover, hemp protein is full of albumin and Edestin proteins. The presence of Edestin present in the hemp is improving energy levels in individuals. Consequently, it boosts metabolism and reduces high blood pressure in individuals suffering from hypertension.
What other health benefits does hemp protein have?
Moreover, it also encourages muscle building and regeneration in the body while burning the extra fat in the body. This ultimately increases lean body mass. It also decreases low-density lipoproteins from the body that harm cardiac health.
Many gym enthusiasts are turning to hemp protein for a healthy weight loss, increased metabolism, and build-up of lean body mass. It is also beneficial for recovering from sore muscles after intense workouts.
GMO crops, unlike hemp are harmful
Hemp crops are not GMO crops, hence they do not have any adverse effects like GMO crops have. Following harmful effects are evident from scientific studies.
New studies have associated GMO crops consumption with the development of different diseases. According to these studies, ingestion of these crops can, in return produce many harmful toxins that cause allergic reactions in the body.
Furthermore, GMO crops decrease the nutritional value of food. The extra herbicides are toxic for the environment as well. Soil pollution is also on a big scale because of the GMO crops. While on the other hand, hemp protein coming from hemp seeds are environment-friendly.
This type of protein does not need any herbicides or pesticides to grow. Hemp protein is purely organic and with a dozen of health benefits, it is significantly increasing in demand.
Hemp protein production is good for economy
Regulating bodies and governments in the states all over the world are now getting more aware of the benefits of hemp seeds. They understand the big potential hemp products, especially hemp seeds and hemp proteins hold in the market. The bodies are regulating new laws and amendments to better capitalize the product in the market for a better economy.
A good example is the State Farm Bill in 2018, which made the cultivation of hemp crop legal in the state. This, in return, opened up many pathways of opportunities for investors to make a profit out of this product. According to the bill, the hemp is also usable in the edibles and drinkable industry.
Similarly, the European industrial hemp association is playing an active role to work with the parliament members to give a direction to Europe’s hemp industry. In addition, it is also playing a role in promoting the production and application in hemp products.
The association will be taking an incentive to give suggestions to the European Member of Parliaments. The suggestions will be then be taken under consideration in the European Union Common Agriculture policy restoration meeting.
Irresponsible Statement from Health Secretary: US Healthcare Workers Aren’t Infected With COVID-19
The United States has been struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic. While some countries have been able to gain some control over the situation, things seem a little bleak for the United States.
The United States is closing in on 3,500,000 coronavirus cases and the graph seems to be ascending only. The government wants to proceed with opening schools and other institutions, but is it safe really?
A close look into the mistakes made by the US over the course of the pandemic shows that almost all of them could be averted. The attitude of the Trump administration has been quite below the mark.
In a recent statement, Alex Azar, Trump Health Secretary, falsely claimed that healthcare workers don’t get infected with COVID-19. He justified it saying that it is because healthcare workers take proper precautions. The statement intended to make a case for reopening schools this fall. However, it didn’t go as planned perhaps.
Azar says that good personal hygiene, social distancing, and using facial masks are good enough to stop people from getting infected with the coronavirus. However, it is a misleading statement. It is true that these precautions are necessary, but they’re precautions nonetheless.
According to an estimate, more than 760 healthcare workers have lost their lives to the deadly virus. In times like these, when the virus is surging and seems to be out of the administration’s control, such statements not only mislead the masses but also breed mistrust in the government.
However, Trump administration has made a lot of blunders regarding COVID-19. Here’s a recap to when the President of the United States asked whether disinfectant could be injected into bodies of people to kill the COVID-19 virus.
The medical community raised a lot of objections to the statement issued. They insisted that the precautionary measures implemented in a medical setting cannot be reproduced in schools.
This statement brought a lot of criticism to the Health Secretary. To cool down the situation HHS spokesperson Michael Caputo took to twitter and made it look like the Health Secretary was taken out of context.
Opening schools may be the right thing to do, but this @SecAzar claim about healthcare workers – which is so demonstrably false – underscores how the Trump admin. has undermined trust and made reopening so much harder. https://t.co/KM7pGHpNWc
— Noam Levey (@NoamLevey) July 7, 2020
He further added:
The Secretary is keenly aware of and grateful for the sacrifices #HealthcareHeroes have been making throughout this pandemic, and has said so publicly.
— Michael R. Caputo (@SpoxHHS) July 7, 2020
Things don’t seem to be going so well for the Trump administration. Moreover, this statement shows how difficult the COVID-19 situation is for the government right now. Right now, problems are surrounding American leadership from all sides. A lot of controversies have followed the government as well. Moreover, the government has not compensated healthcare workers the way they should have been. Moreover, researchers believe that the lack of necessary equipment and PPEs added salt to injury.
In short, it is statements like these in times of crisis that further worsen the situation. The Health Secretary hasn’t made any comments about his statement to clear the tension as well.
Whether or not schools open this fall, statements like this do more harm than good. Hopefully, the Trump administration has learned this lesson from its mistakes.
Possibility of Brain Disorders in COVID-19 Patients
Recent researches revealed that people with mild COVID-19 symptoms have a chance of developing fatal brain disorders.
COVID-19 is an infection that differently attacks every individual. Some people develop acute respiratory problems while others only develop mild symptoms like fever, cough etc. Mostly, doctors tend to ignore the patients with mild symptoms as they get normal on their own. However, the recent reports revealed some shocking and disturbing detail about the virus.
Brain Disorders in COVID-19 Patients
Coronavirus can trigger brain disorders in patients. Scientists have warned that doctors may be overlooking signs of brain disorders in patients with mild coronavirus symptoms. Neurologists in U.K. found over 40 coronavirus patients with severe brain inflammation, nerve damage, delirium and even a stroke. This is a serious condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (Adem). Cases of Adem have risen from one case a month to 2-3 weekly cases in the months of April and May.
Doctors are particularly worried because no virus has previously affected the brain as COVID-19 is. A 55-year-old COVID-19 patient without any history of mental illness, started behaving oddly the day after getting discharged from the medical center. She was having recurrent hallucinations. Another 47 year-old woman was admitted with a headache. However, later, she became unresponsive. The doctors conducted an emergency surgery to cut out a portion of her skull to release pressure on her inflammed brain.
The way COVID-19 affects the brain hasn’t been observed before with any other virus. This could very well be due to the fact that the virus has numerous mutations. However, that is just speculation for now.
So, what needs to be done?
Well, clinicians need to be on their toes about these complications of the coronavirus. Patients with memory issues, fatigue, weakness, numbness, or cognitive symptoms need special attention. Healthcare workers, GPs, and physicians should also consult neurologists in regard to these cases.
Note that these are all precautions. It does not neglect the fact that complete recovery isn’t possible. In most cases, the coronavirus does not involve the brain.
Because of the intensity of the symptoms of the virus most of the patients in hospitals cannot be examined through brain scanners or other procedures. Therefore, the full spectrum of brain disorders caused by the corona virus cannot be determined just yet. Efficient research needs to be done to determine the complete depth of the complications.
One major concern!
One major concern with this new discovery is the possibility of the virus to leave the affected people with brain disorders that could only become apparent later in life. The number of such cases might not be as staggering, but that is still a major concern.
This has happened before in flu outbreak in 1918. After the pandemic, almost a million patients came up with brain disorders.
It is far too early to give a verdict, but it could still haunt the people like a ghost. Like most subtle brain disorders, the effects might not become apparent at once. However, in the years to come it could affect the lifestyles of a lot of people.
One should hope that it doesn’t come to that. But, with a pandemic affecting people by thousands everyday, being alert is the wisest thing to do.
Cannabis Rendered Helpful in Saving Lives of COVID-19 Patients
Recent Researches revealed how Cannabis plant can help in saving lives of COVID-19 patients. The active components found in Cannabis Plant make it seem as a possible treatment for coronavirus infections.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cannabis
The University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute are conducting further researches to study the utility of CBD to check its utility in treating inflammation of lungs caused by coronavirus. The anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis can be especially valuable in improving issues related to behaviour, immunity and brain.
Researchers explained that the infection is related to a cytokine superstorm, that causes symptoms like cough, fever and muscle pain. The increased inflammation can even cause pneumonia and breathing difficulties. Breathing difficulties are the number one cause of deaths due to COVID-19.
Reduction in the Amount of Cytokines
Previously, researches conducted on CBD show that it can bring down the level of several cytokines, that cause inflammation, including IL-6. It also helps in controlling interleukin (IL)-2, interferon gamma, IL-1α and β, inducible protein-10, macrophage inflammatory protein-1α, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 and tumor necrosis factor-α. Excess of these leads to severe COVID-19 conditions. Moreover, CBD also increases the interferons production. Interferon is a protein that prevents viruse replication and activates immune cells.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have worked wonders for asthma patients by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokine production. CBD also reduces pulmonary fibrosis. This condition causes scarring, thickening and damage to the lung tissue, along with making breathing considerably more painful. COVID-19 actually leaves patients with pulmonary fibrosis. This is the major reason why Cannabis can greatly help COVID-19 patients.
An insight into how COVID-19 works
Much like other respiratory pathogens, COVID-19 is also spread through respiratory droplets. However, it also has potential for contact and aerosol spread.
Coronavirus makes it way into the human body through receptor-mediation. This is done through angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2). ACE2 is present in lung tissue, oral and nasal mucosa, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and testes.
This information opens door to a new way of hindering the spread of coronavirus. Modulation of ACE2 could prove fruitful in this regard.
A special strain of cannabis can render this function. Through ACE2 modulation it could block the virus’ entry into the human body. Nipping the evil in the bud.
Basically, ACE2 acts like doorways to the virus. The main idea is to temporarily alter the extent of ACE2 gene expression. Therefore, it could very well make the human body a no entry zone for the virus. The same strain could also be used to stop the virus’ propagation if it has made its way into a person’s body.
This is where Cannabis sativa comes into play. Plants with high CBD content have been proposed as a way to modulate the ACE2 gene expression in target tissues.
At this point in time, it is more of a theory than a confirmed fact. However, it sure opens a new avenue with promising prospects. If it proves successful, the next step would be to start manufacture that particular strain into a medication.
It sure looks like CBD properties of cannabis can prove fruitful in the treatment and prevention of coronavirus. However, further research will prove whether it is the case or not.
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