Hemp Seeds Health Benefits
When we think of superfoods there is not a large list of those that taste great, have a massive amount of health benefits, help you lose weight, balance your hormones and PH levels all at the same time. What If I told you that there was one superfood which did it all, but it was from the cannabis plant? You would probably think that I am high. Well fortunately for the sake of this blog I am not.
The health benefits of hemp seeds are far greater than just some vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Hemp seeds host an incredible macro nutrient profile great for many health conditions, but they are also great for muscle building, weight loss and a fantastic plant based energy boost.
What are hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds or hemp hearts as we call them, are grown on the industrial cannabis sativa plant. Not to be mistaken for their closely related brother marijuana, hemp crops for food are grown free of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in marijuana that gets you high.
One thing that separates hemp seeds from all other seeds and seeds oils, is that hemp seeds are not a seed at all! They are classed as a family of fruit, known as achene: a simple dry fruit with a hard shell, just like sunflower seeds. Therefore, hemp is hypoallergenic unlike other seeds and seed oils.
Hemp seeds are nutrient-powerhouses containing:
- All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids(EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
- A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
- A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid, and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid– for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
- A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
- A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
- The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
- Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with an essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
- Best plant based source of Omega-6 GLA (gamma linolenic acid)
So what exactly are the benefits of hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds can assist in benefiting a number of common illnesses that could be related to low amounts nutrient intake, for example:
Lack of protein and amino acid intake can result in:
- A sluggish metabolism
- Trouble losing weight
- Trouble building muscle mass
- Low energy levels and fatigue. (Read More about Boosting energy levels)
- Poor concentration and trouble learning
- Moodiness and mood swings
- Muscle, bone and joint pain
- Blood sugar changes that can lead to diabetes
- Slow wound healing
- Low immunity
Lack of Omega fatty acid intake can result in:
- Rough or dry ‘bumpy’ skin
- Dry, dull or ‘lifeless’ brittle hair and dandruff
- Soft, peeling or brittle nails
- Excessive thirst, frequent urination
- Sleep problems (especially difficulties in settling at night and waking in the morning)
- Attention problems (distractibility, poor concentration and difficulties in working memory)
- Emotional sensitivity (such as depression, excessive mood swings or undue anxiety)
Hemp seeds also assist weight loss
Hemp seeds have high amounts of soluble and insoluble fibre, and have a great balance of plant based protein and carbohydrates. This makes hemp seeds a front runner of superfoods when it comes to weight loss and muscle building, giving you a full feeling at the same time as curbing your appetite and reducing sugar cravings. They also offer a long-lasting energy source throughout the day as they are digested.
Hemp seed benefits for women – helping PMS (premenstrual syndrome).An omega 6 fatty acid known as (GLA) gamma linolenic acid, plays a major role in hormonal balance. As (GLA) in not so readily available in a lot of foods, but our body has the ability to convert the more commonly found omega 6 Linolenic acid (LA) into (GLA). Unfortunately, though some women are unable to make this conversion effectively, which results in hormonal imbalance. Hemps seeds are a great source of omega 6 (GLA) so the body does not have to rely on converting it, and this makes them great for assisting PMS and hormonal imbalances.
Do you suffer from Inflammation?Hemp seeds, hemp seed oil and hemp protein all pack a punch when it comes to macro-nutrients, all of which play a vital roll in the function of the immune system and central nervous system. Once again though, we have to point out one nutrient in particular – Omega-6 (GLA). This amazing fatty acid helps our cells by stopping the communication of inflammatory cytokines (proteins secreted in the inflammatory response), from one cell to another, which is the onset of chronic inflammation. This means that not only do hemp foods help battle existing inflammation, but also reduce the onset of new inflammation recurring by stopping these inflammation signals between cells.
Absorption of Hemp Seeds and Bio-availability
Hemp seeds are more bio-available than most other fruits grains and seeds, they are free of an anti-nutrient called Phytic acid. Phytic acid can, unfortunately, lock up high percentages of phosphorus, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Stopping the nutrients from being absorbed by the body. This makes hemp seeds great for vegans, and vegetarians helping them to absorb a high amount of much-needed macro-nutrients in each meal.
Hemp Seeds – Super Food
Hemp seeds sure are a superior food source. They taste great and can be an easy and nutritious addition to any meal. Industrial hemp has been used for food, fibre and medicine for thousands of years, but was clouded in prohibition and labelled as a dangerous substance in the early 1900’s. Now that the stigma has been lifted, hemp foods can reign supreme once again. Don’t let your body miss out on the most superior plant based, and sustainable resources nature has to offer.