Hemp Seeds seem to have come out of nowhere as far as the benefits they hold and being released into the public eye and nutritional stores everyone, very quickly and recently. Their benefits truly do speak for themselves and can do wonders for the body if given the chance.
For years the positive effects they hold has been swept under the rug and completely ignored due to their direct relation with the varieties of cannabis that are now actively available in a number of states and countries legally. This is what opened the door for these peculiar seeds to shine.
Hemp as an incredibly unique nutritional profile that makes it something that everyone should at least try if given the opportunity.
Also, if you are wondering, they do not cause any of the altered states of perception or are not host to any psychotropic effects that cannabis is known for. They instead bring to the table significant health benefits due to their unique nature.
Hemp Seed health benefits by far outweigh any prejudice that may be held against them.
What are Hemp Seeds
Hemp itself is a specific variety of the cannabis plant that has wrongfully been tied to marijuana and indirectly to the public feelings regarding marijuana since around the 1950s when it wasn’t legalized anywhere lot alone revered for its effects.
Strangely enough it is recorded as on of the very first crops cultivated by humans in ancient text from the beginning of recorded history. Not necessarily for seed but because it was fast growing and had usable fiber content, which could be spun.
Hemp seeds are from the Cannabis Sativa plant. When this particular plant is grown with low THC for fiber or for seed it is regarded as hemp (industrial hemp). This means that the seeds have no drug content they are purely a high protein and fiber health food.
If you tried to smoke industrial hemp your lungs would give out before your brain experienced any form of a “high” due to hemp being incredibly low in THC.
Hemp Seed Nutritional Highlights
The hemp seed is an exceptional source of nutrition. Very similar to a flax seed or chia seed. In the perfect world I would say incorporate all three in your diet.
Hemp seeds are the perfect protein, this means they contain all 20 amino acids however, they go even further providing your body with the 9 essential amino acids that it cannot produce.
Hemp is also home to large quantities of an essential omega-6 fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic acid. GLA (Hyperlink) naturally balances hormones. The body converts the acid to prostaglandins which essentially play a role in every organ in the body. This can help with stress, depression etc and your overall well-being.
On the topic of essential fatty acid hemp seeds provide a ratio of 3:1 regarding the balance of omega-3 fatty acids with omega-6. These healthy fats are integral to sustaining long term cardiovascular health.
In regard to serving size the nutritional values listed below are based on 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds and they are as follows:
- 161 Calories
- 9.2 Grams Protein
- 3.3 Grams Carbohydrates
- 2 grams Fiber
- 12.3 Grams Fat (Good Fat)
- 5 milligrams Zinc
- 0.1 milligrams Copper
- 3.9 milligrams Iron
- 2.8 milligrams manganese
- 15.4 grams Vitamin E
- 300 milligrams Magnesium
- 405 milligrams phosphorus
These are just the most notable characteristics of the seed and they are jaw dropping. Hemp seeds can help add a new element to your diet and keep your health on track.
Health Benefits Hemp Seeds
Gamma-Linolenic Acid Levels
As discussed before GLA is vital to a plethora of body functions including, body temperature, controlling of inflammation, smoothing muscles amongst many other task.
It is also integral to maintaining proper hormone health, and with the many ailments connected to hormone imbalance this benefit is one of the most impactful available.
Reduction of symptoms tied to PMS and Menopause
Prolactin is, in the majority of cases, the hormone responsible for Premenstrual syndrome. A sensitivity to the hormone causes a wide array of symptoms however, GLA reduces the effects of prolactin.
In a study doses of GLA and other essential fatty acids resulted in a significant decrease in PMS symptoms. Other studies were performed with oils rich in GLA with the same effects.
Some of the notable reductions were breast pain, depression, tenderness, fluid retention/bloating and irritability.
It may also help with menopause due to regulation of hormones and inflammation which are big factors associated with ailment.
Heart Disease Risk Reduction
Being the number one cause of premature death worldwide, anything that reduces the risk of heart disease is a god send. Hemp seeds contain large amounts of arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that produces nitric oxide within your body.
This makes your blood vessel dilate, allowing them to allow more blood flow, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease.
GLA also helps out by reducing inflammation, also reducing risk.
Easy Weight Loss
Yes I know two things that are never seen together easy and weight loss. What I mean by easy is you don’t have to do much for the assistance. Hemp seeds are a natural hunger suppressant. They help curb your appetite.
All you need to do is eat a handful when you get hungry and before meals and it will help you need less food to feel sated, which over time will lead to weight loss.
Your immune system will get a boost from the delicious seeds due to their perfect fatty acid profile of 3:1 Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as well as the ringer GLA.
These help balance inflammation naturally as well as hormone levels, leading to an environment where the body can thrive and strengthen the immune system.
Building Muscle and Burning fat
As discussed before hemp seeds have high levels or arginine. The amino acid that produces the gas nitric acid and dilates your blood vessels.
This means more oxygen to the brain, to the muscles and everywhere else in the body. With this increased blood flow and by proxy increase in oxygen your body can work hard longer allowing for more muscle growth and an increase in fat burned.
One must work out to benefit from this particular gift.
Hemp Seed Oil Benefits
The oil from the seeds can help with skin disorders, relieve dry skin, reducing need for medications and alleviating itching.
When ingested it also possesses anti-arthritic effects helping patients suffering from symptoms.
Aid in Digestion
If the seeds are consumed fully shelled the soluble fiber as well as the insoluble fiber assist in providing a natural bulk to keep your body regular in regard to the gastrointestinal system.
This essentially feeds the probiotics that reside in the gut helping your digestive system remain in superb working order and maintaining a healthy immune system.
It may also be able to relieve constipation if taken in high enough doses.
Hemp Seed Side Effects
The side effects of an item are always one of the things a well-rounded researcher will look into and if you found this article I assume you are exactly that.
- You will probably be increasing your fat intake quite a bit if you add hemp seeds to your diet, although they are good fats it is worth noting and keeping track. You should always consume more Omega 3 than Omega 6 fortunately that is the ratio provided by hemp seeds
- May cause diarrhea if eaten in excess before letting the body adjust to a new high fat food item.
- Consumption of hemp seeds may inhibit blood platelets so if you are on an anticoagulant, that is something to keep in mind.
Change Your Life
Adding hemp seed to your diet wont do anything but benefit your system and your well being. Don’t fear the unknown, let it swallow you and become one with the healthier you.
The benefits that these seeds provide can add to the life of anyone who wants to take that leap.
Let me know about your experiences and how you feel about the seed below.
Thank you for your time, As Always it was a Pleasure
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