Author: Regina Hanson
Hemp seeds are healthy? You betcha’! And the list of benefits are as impressive as it is long. For the sake of time and space, I’ll give you the top 5 health benefits of hemp seed and the reasons why the are so good for you.
Hemp seeds have approximately a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which is in the optimal range. Hemp seeds are a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as, essential fatty acids. Why is this helpful?
Maintaining a healthy balance of fatty acids in your body can ensure stronger immunity, healthier skin (think eczema), hair and nails, as well as improve sleep.
The last several decades have seen the rise in protein powders and the like to afford consumers the right amount of protein for their dietary needs. From body builders to dieters, our culture is realizing the importance of consuming protein. Our bodies need it.
Hemp seeds are 25% protein, which is relatively high. In fact, by weight, hemp seeds provide similar amounts of protein as beef; 30 grams of hemp seeds, (about 2-3 tablespoons), provides about 11 grams of protein. That’s impressive. Plus, they taste yummy – nutty, yet, mild.
These seeds are considered a complete protein source, which means that they provide all of the essential amino acids. It helps to know that your body cannot produce essential amino acids alone and must obtain them from your diet. Therefore, hemp seeds, as a complete protein source, are superior to almost all other plant-based options.
Complete protein sources are very rare in the plant kingdom, as plants often lack the amino acid lysine. Hemp seeds contain significant amounts of the amino acids methionine and cysteine, as well as very high levels of arginine and glutamic acid. In addition, hemp protein is easily digestible, much more so than other nuts or legumes.
The top 5 benefits:
Aids in digestion
We all know fiber is an important part of our digestive health. Most of the fiber in hemp seeds is found in the shell. Thus, you are better off grounding up the entire hemp seed, if it is your intention to benefit digestion in your body.
Additionally, whole hemp seeds contain 20% soluble fiber and 80% insoluble fiber. What’s the difference? Glad you asked! Soluble fiber produces a gel-type substance in your gut. This substance helps reduce spikes in blood pressure as well as, regulates cholesterol levels. Moreover, it acts as nutrients needed for bacteria that helps break down food in your intestines.
Heart attacks are more common in men older than 65, and in women older than 69. For women, menopause and the loss of estrogen can also impact heart health. Adding hemp seed to your diet is one way to help prevent heart disease. How so?
Hemp seeds also contain high levels of arginine, an amino acid that turns into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential for artery and vein dilation. Furthermore, it helps keep blood vessel walls smooth and elastic. Thus, helping prevent blockages.
The benefits of consuming hemp seeds on our brains may be the most impressive of all. Results from a 2018 study suggest that CBD, found in hemp, and other compounds in the seeds may have neuro-protective properties.
This has spawned a series of additional studies regarding CBD, THC and the impact on neurological conditions resulting. From Parkinson’s to Alzheimers and multiple sclerosis, CBD is helping those who suffer from such neurological issues.
As you can see, there are numerous reasons to add hemp seeds to your diet. If you are serious about your long-term health or are trying to prevent hereditary issues, hemp seeds may prove to be the right choice. At the very least, your body will be functioning at a greater capacity than it would without it.