Take note Chia seed, kale, and goji berries… There is a new kid on the block: Hemp seed!
This under the radar super-food has a list of benefits that’s taking the nutrition world by storm.
Hemp seed is currently in huge demand, and there are many reasons why – Including the long list of nutritional benefits for humans that we’ll be covering today…
…But before we get started, for those who don’t know – hemp seed can’t get you high!
So whether you’re curious about the benefits of hemp seed, it’s nutritional properties, or how it can your health… this one’s for you.
Here are 9 amazing health benefits of hemp seed
- Hemp seed contains approximately 1 gram of complex carbohydrates per tablespoon. This slowly releases glucose into the bloodstream throughout the day rather than in large bursts (causing energy crashes). The result is a sustained energy boost without the dreaded afternoon crash. So, if you’re looking for healthy breakfast options – consider adding Hemp Seeds!!
- Hemp seed is rich in healthy fats including omega-3 and 6 oils – and in the perfect ratio of 1:3. In addition to this, the omega-3 oils that are contained within hemp seed have been shown to help reduce inflammation. Hemp seed also contains substantial amounts of GLA – Gamma-linolenic Acid. This is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that may also have anti-inflammatory effects. studies with animals have suggested the GLA can act as a potent anti-inflammatory. However, recent studies in humans suggest that the acid is not always effective for this.
- Promotes the health of your gut.
- Fibre plays an important role in your body due to the fact that gut bacteria requires it to function. Gut bacteria consumes fibre while processing food, so not enough fibre can result in digestion issues. That’s where hemp seed comes in… Hemp seed is very high in fibre. Most of the fibre is in the outer shell of the hemp seed so try and purchase on hulled hemp seeds if possible. However, even without the shell, hemp seeds contain approx. 1.2g of fibre per tablespoon. From this, we can assume that hemp seed in your diet could be important in maintaining a healthy gut.
- Can improve hair, nail, and skin health
- Consuming hemp seeds can help repair and moisturize dry and damaged skin. Hemp seeds also support healthier hair, skin and nails. Omega-3 oils can help the skin and hair by moisturising and regulating oil production. They can also help build strength and stimulate growth of the nails too. As we know, hemp seed offers us generous amounts of these oils. So if you’re looking for a way to fight problems on these external areas, hemp seed in your diet could give you a leg-up!
- For the majority of people weight comes down to being in a calorie deficit,
Which simply means that you are expending more calories than you take in. So while hemp seeds aren’t a silver bullet for weight loss, they make a great alternative for fatter and richer proteins.
And yes, hemp seed is a complete protein!
That means it could even be a substitute for milk and dairy. Hemp milk has lower carbs and sugars than regular dairy milk, and hemp protein powder is a great addition to smoothies to help control appetite. As it contains all the essential amino acids, hemp protein can also help you build muscle mass. This makes it unique to some other plant-based protein sources that might not constitute a complete protein.
- Anaemia is a condition that can occur when the body is not taking in enough iron. Being high in iron, eating hemp seed is a great way to try and fight the condition. This is because just a single tablespoon of hemp seed contains almost 20% of your daily iron needs per tablespoon.
- Cramping cravings and mood swings.. ugh! The good news: all those essential fatty acids and hemp seeds may help all your PMS woes. Research from the Journal of Reproductive Health found that women who consumed at 2 g of essential fatty acids daily over a 6 month period experienced a reduction in premenstrual syndrome symptoms. That amount of essential fatty acids can be found in a single daily serving of hemp seed or hemp seed oil.
- Can help keep a healthy heart
- That eating hemp seed can contribute to the prevention of heart disease by helping keep arteries open and blood pressure low. This is attributed to the ample amount of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. Here, the Centre for Genetics, Nutrition, and Health investigate the role of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids in heart health.Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of arginine which turns into nitric oxide in the body. Arginine is also important in maintaining heart health as it can reduce the chance of developing heart disease in the future.There may just be a deeper reason behind calling hemp seeds ‘hemp hearts’ after all! 😉
With all of this to potentially gain from trying hemp seed, it’s no wonder that people are starting to make it a staple of their diet.
Knowing all of the health benefits of hemp seeds, are you going to be looking for it in the supermarket next time you’re out? It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to use hemp to heal your body, prevent future illnesses, or build overall strength… adding hemp seeds into your diet could truly give you that extra boost you need to reach your goals.
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