Reposted from: Yuri Elkaim
Many are hesitant to try hemp seeds due to their association with marijuana. The hemp seeds and oil that we eat come from a different variety than the plant used for the drug, so hemp seeds are completely safe to eat without any psychotropic effects. In fact, hemp seeds are hailed for their many health benefits, and are considered one of the most nutritious seeds in the world. Let’s look at why you should include hemp seeds in your diet:
Complete Protein- Hemp seeds contain all 9 essential amino acids required to make a complete protein. If you’re looking for a vegan source of protein, hemp seeds make an excellent choice.
- Protein is important for the growth and maintenance of our body tissues.
- Hemp seeds are an easily digestible source of protein, and does not cause bloating and gas.
Impressive Fatty Acid Profile- Hemp seeds have an Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of 3:1, which is optimal for human health. Eighty percent of the fat in hemp seeds is polyunsaturated fat, and hemp oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil in the plant kingdom.
- This ideal fatty acid ratio helps reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is responsible for a whole host of health woes, including autoimmune disorders, cancer, and age-related diseases.
- Reduces arthritis and joint pain by 25% compared with placebo.
- Healthy fatty acids promote heart health and a lower blood pressure.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids in hemp seeds relieve atopic dermatitis symptoms.
Rich in Gamma-linoleic Acid (GLA)- Gamma-linoleic acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in plant based oils such as borage oil and evening primrose oil. This unique Omega-6 fatty acid actually prevents inflammation, and hemp seeds are a rich source of health promoting fatty acid.
- GLA stimulates skin and hair growth by promoting healthy cell growth.
- GLA is a building block for prostaglandins, which naturally balance our hormones.
High in Fiber- Hemp seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is important for our digestive health.
- Soluble fiber promotes a feeling of fullness for hours after eating, and also keeps blood sugar stable.
- Insoluble fiber cleans our intestinal systems.
Rich in Antioxidants- Hemp seeds are high in antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E.
- Antioxidants stimulate our immune system.
- Neutralize disease-causing free radicals.
Rich in Minerals- Hemp seeds are rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
- Potassium reduces blood pressure.
- Iron facilitates the flow of oxygen throughout the body.
- Zinc helps white blood cells fight off illness.
- Magnesium is essential for activating our nerves and nuscles.