I’ve heard of hemp seeds for years. Until I shifted my diet, I was never quite sure what the benefits were or whether hemp seeds were even safe for consumption. If you’ve wondered about hemp seeds as well, read on!
What are Hemp Seeds?
For a long time, hemp seeds were ignored for their nutritional benefits because of hemp’s botanical relationship to medicinal varieties of cannabis. It is a variety of the cannabis plant. However, hemp seeds don’t cause any psychotropic reactions, nor will they cause you to get high. Instead, they provide significant health benefits.
Hemp is one of the most widely utilized and diverse industrial crops in the world. Its fibers are considered the longest and most durable of all natural fibers, and it can be grown without deadly herbicides and pesticides.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support cardiovascular health. They are high in GLA, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that’s been proven to naturally balance hormones. And hemp seeds are considered the perfect protein, containing all 20 amino acids, and also each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Eating hemp seeds brings these benefits:
• the GLA aids people suffering from ADHD, breast pain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, obesity, premenstrual symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis and skin allergies.
• relieves joint pain and arthritis symptoms
• natural appetite suppressant that creates a feeling of being full longer and reduces sugar cravings
• provides enough bulk to keep the gastrointestinal system regular and feeds the probiotics in the gut, helping to support a healthy immune system
• improves dry, red, flaky skin, easing eczema and psoriasis
• lowers inflammation and combats cancer
• lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol, raises HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides
• improves heart health
How to Use Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are readily available in grocery stores, health food stores, and online. The seeds have a slightly nutty flavor.
Add one to four spoonfuls of hemp seeds to smoothies or sprinkle over smoothie bowls, salads, gluten free pasta bowls or any other plant based meal. I add hemp seeds to my morning smoothies. And I like to sprinkle them over salads and cooked greens or use them in place of grated cheese. Yesterday I topped raw lettuce tacos with hemp seeds. They were delicious.
I no longer question whether to include hemp seeds in my diet. My only question is…what else can I add them to?
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