Humans have been using hemp for thousands of years, and for good reason too – it’s extremely versatile.
Hemp is one of the earliest known plants cultivated internationally and one of the world’s most nutritious ingredients which can be added to a wide variety of recipes. Hemp is also a highly eco-friendly crop which is naturally pest-resistant.
Used for clothes, beauty products, paper, food, milk, pet products and more, hemp lives up to the definition of a superseed. So, the only “high” you’ll get from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant is confidence that you’re nurturing your body with its wealth of healthful contents.
If you still haven’t added hemp to your meals, here are 7 good reasons to start doing so:
1. Unlike many other nuts and seeds, the hemp seed is not a known food allergen.
2. Hemp seeds contain all ten of the essential amino acids
3. It’s protein source is much more digestible than others, and won’t leave you feeling bloated
About 25% of calories in hemp seeds come from protein, which is relatively high.
4. Hemp seeds may reduce the risk of heart disease
They contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which is used to produce nitric oxide in the body. In one large study of more than 13,000 people, increased arginine intake was linked with decreased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is an inflammatory marker linked with heart disease
5. Hemp seeds have a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which may benefit skin diseases.
Studies have shown that giving hemp seed oil to people with eczema may improve blood levels of essential fatty acids.
It may also relieve dry skin, improve itchiness and reduce the need for skin medication
6. Hemp Seeds May Reduce Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
In a study of women with PMS, taking one gram of essential fatty acids (including 210 mg of GLA) per day resulted in a significant decrease in symptoms.
Other studies have shown that primrose oil, which is rich in GLA, may be highly effective in reducing symptoms for women who have failed other PMS therapies.
It decreased breast pain and tenderness, depression, irritability and fluid retention associated with PMS.
Because hemp seeds are high in GLA, several studies have indicated that hemp seeds may also help reduce the symptoms of menopause.
7. Hemp seeds aid digestion
Whole hemp seeds contain high amounts of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which benefits digestive health. De-hulled hemp seeds have had the fiber-rich shell removed, and therefore contain very little fiber.
The hemp seeds can be eaten right out of the bag or sprinkled on many items like granola, salads, soups, dips, or added to baked recipes.
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