Hemp seeds are the new talk of the town (or the internet for that matter). Everywhere you turn, you are bound to hear or see news about hemp seeds. These tiny, soft, buttery seeds are mighty when it comes to health and nutrition. Sometimes given the name “hemp hearts”, you can practically use them any way you want. Sprinkle on foods – check, make hemp milk – check, sprinkle on top of eggs or salads – check. Hemps seeds are the edible part of the hemp plant. However, they only contain about 0.03 percent of THC, (Tetrahydrocannabinoids), the intoxicating substance that makes marijuana illegal in many states. But, on to the good stuff. Let’s look at how they benefit us.
Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Can Help Build Muscle Mass
Hemp seeds are rich in proteins. One tablespoon or 30 grams packs approximately nine grams of protein. And that’s not all. Unlike other plant-based protein sources, hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. Proteins help to build muscle mass, and eating hemp seeds can give you this by just adding a small amount to your favorite smoothie, salad or snack.
High Nutritional Value
Hemp hearts have a nutty flavor and are a powerhouse of nutrients. They contain high-quality protein, with 25 percent calories. Hemp seeds contain 30 percent fat, two of which are important to our health. These are; linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3). They are also rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, D and vitamin E, as well as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, sulfur, and sodium. All these nutrients play a vital role in our overall health.
May Help Keep Wrinkles Away
Due to the rich vitamin and fatty acids content, hemp seeds can actually fight wrinkles. Not only are the essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) good for your body, they also give your skin a supple appearance. On top of that, the amino acids promote the production of collagen and elastin, helping your skin to stay moisturized and wrinkle-free. Hemp oil, which is a major ingredient in most high-end beauty products, has a way of turning your red, dry, and flaky skin into a smooth, soft and good looking skin. Amazingly, hemp seed oil was found to offer relief to eczema patients. It works by promoting healthy cell growth, hence reducing inflammation and dry skin.
Being a good supply of fiber, hemp seeds will keep you full for longer, hence no more cravings during the day or night. For this reason, adding two to four tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast will keep your hunger pangs in check. In turn, you’ll be able to lose weight naturally.
Promotes a Healthy Heart
Hemp seeds are sugar-free, plant-based, high fiber superfood – all the good things a healthy heart needs. Several studies have published evidence-based results showing that hemp seeds can help reduce high blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.
Hemp Seeds Are GLA-Rich
GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid) is a building block for prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals found in our bodies, which have many crucial functions, including controlling our body temperature and inflammation. Scientists have reported that GLA plays a vital role in our health and can help people suffering from:
- Breast pain
- Skin allergies
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Heart disease
Promotes a Healthy Digestive System
The high fiber content makes hemp seeds good for your digestive health. This means that it helps relieve constipation, promote a healthy gastrointestinal system, and improve your immunity.
May Help Correct Anemia
Anemia is caused by a lack of enough iron in the body. Its side effects include dizziness, chest pain, and lethargy. Eating hemp seeds can help correct this deficit due to the high iron content it contains.
May Help Protect the Brain
Hemp seeds have the ability to protect your brain from developing neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. According to a study published in the journal Food Chemistry, hemp seeds contain cannabidiol (CBD) and other compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects and may also boost your immune system.
Food for Thought
Hemp seeds are excellent sources of nutrients. They are not only a rich supply of high-quality protein but also rich in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on yogurt, salads, and practically any other food you enjoy to add extra goodness. Store hemp seeds in a cool dry place or refrigerate them since they are sensitive to light and heat. There are dozens of interesting hemp seeds recipes that you can explore. Next time you go shopping, be sure to get yourself a packet to join the bandwagon reaping the many health benefits of hemp seeds.
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