For a long time, hemp seeds were ignored for their nutritional benefits due to the botanical relationship of hemp with medicinal cannabis varieties. However, hemp seeds do not cause psychotropic reactions and, on the other hand, can provide important health benefits due to the unique nutritional profile of hemp. Hemp is a cannabis plant variety that actually has a long history of use in the United States. Unfortunately, since the 1950s it has been grouped into the same category as marijuana because it contains a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC) present in nature, and its use has been largely marginalized.
TCH has been extensively researched, and science shows us that when you don’t smoke, it has important health benefits with hardly any side effects. We are talking about improving everything from asthma to cancer, as well as the benefits of cannabidiol. Not as powerful as marijuana, industrial hemp contains about 0.3 percent-1.5 percent THC, while marijuana contains about 5 percent -10 percent or more THC. This means two things:
- Eating hemp seeds is extremely beneficial for you and your family.
- The consumption of hemp seeds and hemp products will not make you climb like smoking a joint so they are completely safe, healthy and legal.
If you are looking to improve digestion, balance hormones and improve metabolism, then hemp seeds may be the super food you are looking for.
What are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Although marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds contain only a small amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and will not make you gain weight. In fact, hemp seeds are safe and very healthy to eat. Hemp is actually one of the most widely used and diverse industrial crops in the world. Its fibers are considered the longest and most durable natural fibers, and can even be grown without deadly herbicides and pesticides. Hemp seed oil, or hemp oil, is made by pressing hemp seeds. Unlike cannabis oil, which, where it is legal, is often used to treat pain and other health conditions, hemp seed oil contains only small amounts of THC and is used for many commercially manufactured products. Some of the products made with hemp and hemp oil include:
- Body care products
- Construction materials
- Cleaning products
- Healthy food
7 Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds:
1. Rich in GLA:
- Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is a necessary building block for some prostaglandins: chemical substances similar to hormones in the body that help soften muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and are vital for other body functions.
- Researchers have assumed that supplementation with GLA is necessary for proper hormonal health, which is probably the reason why many women sufferings from symptoms of premenstrual syndrome have been helped.
- Foods rich in GLA and GLA such as hemp seeds have also been observed to help people with:
- Breast pain
- Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin allergies
2. Improves Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Research has shown that hemp seeds and hemp oil can be helpful in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology took a look at the effects of hemp seed oil on arthritis.
- What the researchers found was that hemp seed oil treatment reduced the survival rate of fibroblast-like synovial cells of rheumatoid arthritis MH7A, and in certain doses it even promoted cell death.
- They concluded that hemp seed oil has antiarthritic effects, which can help patients suffering from their symptoms.
- For the treatment, take a tablespoon of hemp seed oil a day along with a quality fish oil.
3. Help to Lose Weight:
- Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings.
- Some experts recommend that adding four tablespoons of the seeds to your breakfast will help control excess appetite throughout the day.
- This is partly due to the fiber in hemp seeds, which promotes satiety and in turn helps to lose weight.
4. Contributes to Digestive Health:
- With a high content of insoluble and soluble fibers, hemp seeds provide more than enough volume to maintain the gastrointestinal system.
- In addition, this healthy fodder mixture feeds probiotics in the intestine and helps ensure a robust immune system.
- One of the benefits of fiber-rich foods such as hemp seeds is the ability to help relieve constipation.
- A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology and conducted at the Chinese Medical School of the Baptist University of Hong Kong consisted of two parts: a placebo-controlled clinical study and a dose determination study.
- The subjects were studied in a two-week, eight-week treatment, and an eight-week follow-up plan that had excessive constipation syndrome and were given hemp seed pills.
- The researchers found that a dose of 7.5 grams was more effective and therapeutic than doses of 2.5 or five grams, and that treatment with hemp seed pills was effective in relieving functional constipation.
5. Healthier Hair, Skin and Nails:
- The benefits of hemp seed for skin and hair are a breakthrough in improving dry, red and scaly skin.
- Mainly used in high-end cosmetic products, hemp oil is often included in lip balms, lotions and soaps.
- The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth, the recipe for smooth and smooth skin.
- In fact, researchers studying the effects of hemp seed oil on atopic dermatitis or eczema, a skin problem that causes inflammation and dry skin, found that the patients’ symptoms improved with the use of the oil.
- Since hemp seed oil is also good for skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema, it is a good idea to eat at least a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds every day to maximize these benefits as well. You can also make a homemade skin cream that combines hemp seed oil, shea butter and essential oils such as lavender.
6. Could Reverse Cancer:
- Due to its perfect fatty acid profile of omega-3 and GLA fats, hemp seed helps naturally balance inflammation levels and strengthen the immune system.
- The British Journal of Cancer reports that THC in hemp seeds can stop and possibly reverse glioblastoma multiforme (a deadly form of brain cancer).
- Breast Cancer Research and Treatment magazine confirmed that THC in hemp seeds improves breast cancer at an advanced stage.
- Researchers at the University of Rostock, Germany, discovered similar evidence that cannabinoids derived from hemp seeds can inhibit cancer growth and metastasis, particularly in lung cancer.
- All this shows the potential of hemp seeds as some of the best anti-cancer foods available.
7. Promotes Heart Health:
- Some of the key ingredients in building a healthy heart include fiber, vegetable proteins, healthy fats and less sugar.
- Hemp seeds help to do all those things. Research in animals and humans strongly suggests that hemp seeds can improve cardiovascular health and high blood pressure.
- I recommend adding two tablespoons of hemp seeds to a morning shake to lower blood pressure naturally, reduce LDL cholesterol, increase HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides.
Nutritional Profile of Hemp Seeds:
Research shows that hemp seed provides an excellent source of nutrition. Here are some key facts about the incredible health benefits offered by this superfood:
1.Excellent 3: 1 Balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health.
2.High in GLA: an essential omega-6 fatty acid that has been shown to naturally balance hormones.
3.«Perfect Protein»: which contains not only the 20 amino acids, but also each of the nine essential amino acids that our body cannot produce.
An ounce (28 grams) of hemp seeds contains approximately:
- 161 calories
- 3 grams of carbohydrates
- 2 grams of protein
- 3 grams of fat
- 2 grams of fiber
- 8 milligrams of manganese (140 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams of vitamin E (77 percent DV)
- 300 milligrams of magnesium (75 percent DV)
- 405 milligrams phosphorus (41 percent DV)
- 5 milligrams of zinc (34 percent DV)
- 9 milligrams of iron (22 percent DV)
- 1 milligrams of copper (7 percent DV)
Hemp Seeds Against Chia Seeds:
- Chia seeds pack much of the same nutritional punch as hemp seeds. However, hemp seeds have a more complete nutritional profile.
- That said, chia seeds have a little more fiber than hemp seeds, with five grams of fiber per tablespoon.
- Like hemp seeds, chia seeds can also be added to smoothies and other recipes.
How to Use Hemp Seeds?
- Hemp seeds are sensitive to heat and light, so it is not necessary to soak them. It is also better to store them in a cool dry place or in the fridge.
- You can add hemp seeds to smoothies or grind them and sprinkle them on your yogurt, cereal or other foods. There are many other hemp seed recipes you can try, like my Pecan coconut balls that incorporate hemp seeds, or you can try a hemp protein powder.
- Hemp seeds are also available as hemp nut butter, which you can consume as you would with peanuts or almond butter. In addition, like almond milk, you can use hemp milk as a substitute for milk.
- It is best to use hemp seed oil as a finishing oil instead of as cooking oil. Spray it on salads and pasta or other dishes.
Precautions with Hemp Seeds:
There really are no side effects of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are rich in nutrition and are not known to cause any interaction with common medications. If you take blood thinners, you may be more cautious when consuming hemp seeds because they inhibit blood platelets and may cause a risk of bleeding. If you have questions about possible interactions with any medication, check with your healthcare provider.
Final Trends on Hemp Seeds:
- Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, have a high nutrition profile and are a healthy addition to most diets.
- Hemp seeds are the seeds of the same plant as marijuana, the cannabis plant, but they do not contain high levels of THC and will not elevate you.
- Hemp seeds and the benefits of hemp oil include properties that may be useful for improving arthritis symptoms and joint pain; improve the heart and digestive health; promoting the health of hair, skin and nails; and boost the immune system to protect against cancer.
- It is not known that these seeds cause interactions with common medications, but they can cause a risk if they are consumed by someone who is taking an anticoagulant medication. Check with your doctor if you are concerned about any possible interaction with other medications.