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The Health Benefits of Consuming Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are one of the most exciting emerging super foods on the market today. With an incredible nutritional profile, they provide a wide range of health benefits to the human body. Hemp seeds do come from the Cannabis sativa plant but do not produce a ‘high’ effect, as hemp is the name given to strains of cannabis with extremely low to no THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the high.

Health Benefit

Nutrient Break Down

Hemp seeds are high in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and have a wide range of benefits.

Protein

Hemp seeds are approximately 1/3 protein by weight, meaning a typical 30g serving would provide 10g of complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. As our body can’t produce these essential amino acids, we must obtain them from food. Most people will get these from meat as there are very few plant-based foods that are complete sources of protein. This makes hemp seeds an especially great option for vegetarians and vegans.

Unsaturated Fats

Hemp seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids with an ideal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6. The human body does not produce essential fatty acids, and just like the amino acids, must get it through the diet. With the growing body of evidence to support adequate levels of healthy fats, hemp seeds make a great addition to anyone’s diet.

Vitamins and Minerals

Hemp seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids with an ideal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6. The human body does not produce essential fatty acids, and just like the amino acids, must get it through the diet. With the growing body of evidence to support adequate levels of healthy fats, hemp seeds make a great addition to anyone’s diet.

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Improve
Heart Health

The presence of optimal levels of omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve heart health and reduce the risk of  heart associated diseases and complications. Hemp seeds are high in omega 3s, while also containing omega 6s.

Hemp Seeds also contain high levels of arginine, an important amino acid that aids the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is important as it helps keep veins and arteries healthy and improves blood pressure and blood flow.

Reduce
Inflammation

Hemp seed research has shown their potential anti-inflammatory capacity due to the high antioxidant content. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals that act as antioxidants, hemp seeds can work as a natural anti-inflammatory. They have also been shown to have anti-neuroinflammatory potential, helping to protect the brain from inflammation.

Hemp Seeds are also a great source of GLA (gamma linolenic acid) known for its anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is at the heart of all disease, so reducing it is a sure way to better health. Lower inflammation can help prevent and manage diseases such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and more.

Improve
Skin Conditions

Most skin conditions have underlying inflammation which can be improved through antioxidant rich foods like hemp seeds. Acne for example can be a result of chronic inflammation as well as other skin diseases. Acne is also linked to a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids of which hemp seeds are full of.

Relieve the
Symptoms of Arthritis

Inflammation in the joints from arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable. Research has suggested hemp seed oil can have anti-inflammatory effects which help against arthritis symptoms.

How can you consume hemp seeds?

Hemp Seed Oil

Made by cold pressing hemp seeds, hemp seed oil can be used to cook with, added to smoothies, salads, pesto’s and more.

Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is one of the only complete vegetarian protein available, containing all essential amino acids. It is a great replacement for not only those using vegetarian protein powders like soy, rice or pea but also an alternative for whey protein.

Hemp Snacks

As hemp seeds are such a versatile food, they have been incorporated into a huge range of snack foods. Hemp hearts alone are a great snack but you may also encounter hemp bars, hemp chocolate, hemp cookies, hemp muesli and more.

Hemp Hearts

Extracted from the hemp seed, hemp hearts are what is left once the hard outer shell has been removed. These have a very light nutty flavour and can be added to almost any dish. They blend extremely well, making them a great addition to smoothies and soups. They can be sprinkled on any dish to enhance the nutrient content.

Hemp Flour

By removing the oil and grinding the seed, a nutritious flour is created. This hemp seed flour is higher in protein, fiber and fat than white wheat flour so you cannot simply replace it entirely from any flour recipe. In order to use hemp flour effectively, you need to mix it with another flour in a 50/50 ratio.

Remember, hemp seeds and all hemp products and food will not produce a mind altering effect if they’re truly hemp. Hemp seeds are extremely nutritious and should be incorporated into your daily diet!