Hemp …. The seed everyone wants to eat!
Ok let’s get right to it ….. Hemp seeds, whilst coming from Cannabis sativa, contain little to no THC so have no mind-altering effects … sorry! However, don’t let this deter you from adding some hemp seeds to your diet as these little seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch!
Hemp seeds are high in many fabulous nutrients including healthy fats, good protein and various minerals including Vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. All of these nutrients combine to give hemp seeds anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cardio-protective actions.
Hemp seeds, which technically are a nut, are considered a complete plant-based protein source. There are very few complete protein sources found in the plant kingdom and because of this should be included in vegetarian diets to ensure everyone is consuming the essential amino acid profile to necessary for muscle development. Hemp also contains high levels of the amino acid arginine which produces nitric oxide. Nitric oxide can help lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation associated with heart disease so anyone with any cardiovascular concerns may benefit from adding hemp seeds to their diet.
But let’s get real here …. Hemp seeds can help make you look and feel good! High levels of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are utilised to help dry and itchy skin conditions like eczema. They also contain GLA which can be useful in reducing PMS and menopause symptoms by helping to regulate hormone imbalances. These essential fatty acids are also used to decrease inflammation in the body and to oil our joints and finally, the fibre content of hemp seeds can help maintain a healthy weight, a healthy gut and can stabilise our blood sugar levels (to stop us craving all the wrong foods!). Superfood right?
But what to do with them? Hemp seeds have a mild nutty flavour and can be eaten raw or roasted, providing protein levels similar to beef and lamb. They can be added to smoothies or shakes, can be sprinkled over cereal or yoghurt or added to salads. They are also available in a milk form or as a replacement for traditional whey based protein powders.
So final call …. Hemp seeds whilst not giving the THC high are a super beneficial addition to any diet but should especially be considered by vegetarians and PMS-prone women!
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