Hemp Seeds Are a Superfood
Hemp seeds are a nutrient enriched superfood with noteworthy health benefits!
Hemp seeds are rapidly becoming more popular in whole-food stores but do they uphold the hype that is buzzing around? The short answer; yes! Hemp seeds or hemp hearts come from the hemp cannabis-sativa plant and possess resilient fuel for your body! These hemp seeds have a plethora of nutrients including: high quality protein, Vitamin E, and healthy fatty acids that could produce antioxidant effects. T
The Hemp Seeds Nutrition Broken Down
The main protein in the hemp seed is edestin and albumin which are easily digested proteins that retain “nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids” according to The Spokesman Review. Edestin aids digestion and is relatively phosphorus free according to Global Hemp. Albumin is a protein you can find in egg whites and is generally considered a more high-quality protein than Edestin and is a major source of free radical scavengers!
Hemp seeds have an abundance of minerals such as: Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. Magnesium has been a part of the big hype this year as it plays a key role in stress reduction. Magnesium also plays a critical role in helping relieve tension in the muscles, so if you deal with tight shoulders, tension headaches or TMJ; hemp seeds may be a good source for your magnesium intake!
Potassium is one of the more important minerals that the body needs in order to regulate fluid balance, muscle contraction, and may also help with reducing blood pressure if you ingest large quantities. Phosphorus is vital in maintaining good bone and teeth health!
Hemp seeds are also a great source of; niacin which is a B vitamin that helps the body produce energy:
Riboflavin is another B(2) vitamin that correlates cellular respiration in the body.
Thiamine is a B(1) vitamin that helps to keep the nervous system healthy and also helps the body turn food into energy.
Pyridoxine, also known as vitamin B6, is an essential component in keeping the immune system as well as your nervous system healthy.
Folate, also known as vitamin B9, a water-soluble vitamin that supports healthy cell division, promotes proper fetal growth and plays many more roles in the body. Folate is an essential vitamin in the diet of someone who is pregant.
Health Benefits Of Hemp Seeds
In conjunction with the CBD and other compounds in the seed, some researchers say that the seeds may have neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. This can benefit:
- Attention span
- General cognitive functioning
With hemp seeds being enriched with essential fatty acids, they have the potential to benefit your cardiovascular health.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied and researchers say that these acids can reduce the risk of heart disease and arrhythmias. According to The Medical News Today the hemp seed not only has a bountiful amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 but it also contains high levels of arginine which is an amino acid that renders into nitric oxide; a colorless gas that is can dilate the arteries and veins of the body; reducing the risk of heart disease.
I’m sure you remember the big hype when turmeric and other natural remedies came out being a natural anti-inflammatory.
Well, hemp seeds are the queen of anti-inflammatories! Because of its Omega-3 and Omega-6 content in conjunction with each other, they provide the body with an anti-inflammatory effect. Hemp seeds are also enriched with gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that some researchers say can reduce inflammation.
Reducing inflammation can be a preventative therapeutic call for your wellbeing by reducing your risk of the following diseases:
- Non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Atopic dermatitis
How To Integrate This Superfood Into Your Diet
Some of hemp seed lovers’ favorite way to integrate this superfood into their diet is simply by adding them to their favorite organic yogurt breakfast medley along with assorted fruits, berries and nuts. Here is a recipe for Chia, Hemp Hearts and Yogurt Breakfast for you to try.
Some go as far as making a hemp seed yogurt parfait with delicious medjool dates and other tasty treats. Check out this yogurt parfait recipe to figure out if this tasty treat is right for you.
To find more ways to integrate this hemp seed superfood into your diet, check out Oh My Veggies for delicious recipes to try.