hemp seeds

Hemp seeds are high in nutritional value and contain 20 different varieties of amino acids and all of the 9 essential amino acids (like flax). Hemp seeds can supply the body with essential amino acids that are not naturally produced by the body.

Health benefits of hemp seeds

Hemp seeds add a nutritional boost to individuals suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Hemp seeds also strengthen the immune system and lower levels of inflammation. The high fiber content of hemp seeds, helps excrete toxins from the body while reducing bloating and stomach gas.

Are hemp seeds a good source of protein?

Hemp seeds contain high amounts of protein which helps strengthen the immune system, thus reducing the risk of developing disease and inflammation. Hemp seed protein is easy to digest. This is extremely beneficial for vegetarians and vegans who want an alternative to soy. Soy contains a high percentage of phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient that often prevents the body from absorbing minerals.

Health benefits of hemp seed oil

Hemp seed oil is an ideal oil. It contains a significant amount of nutritious polyunsaturated fats and an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. This perfect ratio helps protect the cardiovascular (heart) system.

Consuming hemp seed oil offers an excellent way to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet. Hemp seed oil can be mixed with breads and salads or eaten plain. Hemp seed oil can be used as an ointment to regenerate and nourish the skin.

If you have time consider making your own hemp seed oil. Making hemp seed oil at home allows you to eliminate commercial additives that are usually added to products bought in a grocery store.

Buying, storing and using hemp seeds

When buying hemp seeds, look for shelled hemp seeds in the refrigerated section of a natural food store. The oils in hemp seeds can quickly go rancid, it is important to be kept in a cool, dry place and use quickly. Heating (cooking) hemp seeds is not recommended. Heat will destroy the nutritional benefits of the fatty acids, so add hemp seeds to foods after cooking.

With more and more people starting to sit up and take note of their healthy fat intake, hemp seeds are one source that should be readily focused on.  Hemp seeds will provide the essential fatty acids that are absolutely vital to overall good health and the fat that most people don’t get enough of.

Let’s take a closer look at hemp seeds so you can get the full idea of what this food is all about.

Optimal Ratio Of Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds have the ideal ratio of omega-3 fatty acids.  This is important because many Americans do not consume enough omega-3 essential fats. Hemp seeds have the ideal ratio of 3:1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fats which will help to promote optimal health.

Promote Good Heart Function

Hemp seeds can help lower the risk of heart disease associated with high blood pressure, heart attack (cardiac arrest) and high cholesterol levels.

Complete Source Of Protein

Unlike many sources of healthy fats, hemp seeds are also a complete source of protein for the body so for anyone currently struggling to get in enough protein, this will be a very nice added benefit. This is especially important for vegetarians who need natural plant-based protein options.

Hemp

Hemp is a versatile plant that offers a large variety of therapeutic benefits. However, it is important to know where the hemp seeds were sourced from. Hemp is bioremediatory, meaning that it takes in substances from the soil (both good and bad) through its roots. This becomes a problem when the soil has a large concentration of toxins, bacteria, heavy metals, fungi, and pesticides. Because of its ability to extract the ‘bad stuff’ from soil, many farmers use hemp as a ‘clean up’ plant to remove toxins from the soil.

Ideally, hemp seeds will be sourced from hemp that is grown in fertile, clean soil. If you are unsure about the source of your hemp seeds, contact the company via their customer service number or ask them via one of their social media accounts.