Hemp and CBD. Both have been bubbling atop a booming industry that’s just waiting to burst. However, many remain hesitant due to the stigma associated with getting “high” if ingested. Though not the case whatsoever with hemp seeds, it remains in the back of the minds of many.
The overwhelming enthusiasm for hemp took place back in 2018 when a Farm Bill passed legalizing the commercial production of hemp. This cracked open the door for larger production of the crop, as long as specific state and federal barriers are cleared, of course.
Hemp Seeds: Plant-Based Superfoods
Currently, one of the major attractions associated with hemp is its natural profile and unique ability to follow current and future trends including plant-based, grain-free and other diets that are emerging.
Hemp seeds are high in protein, amounting to double the amount found in chia or flax seed. Vitamin E, Omega-3 and -6? Yeah, they’re in there, too. Heck, it actually lacks a number of known allergens and is low in carbs.
Basically, hemp seeds are high and rich in healthy fats and fatty acids that are essential for the body.
The Benefits That Come With Hemp Seeds
Did you know that eating hemp seeds can potentially reduce your risk in getting heart disease. Why is that? Hemp seeds contain a significant amount of amino acid arginine, which produces nitric oxide in your body. This gas molecule induces relaxation upon your blood vessels while dilating them. This leads to lower blood pressure, thus resulting in a reduced risk in heart disease.
Studies suggest your immune system depends on a proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. As mentioned prior, hemp seeds are an ideal source of polyunsaturated and fatty acids that are essential.
From dry skin to eczema, hemp seeds can reduce the need for skin medication and relieve dry skin.
Plant Based Proteins
Protein takes about 25% of the calories in hemp seeds, which is high. By weight, hemps seeds provide amounts of proteins that are similar to beef and lamb.
A complete protein resource is a rare thing in the plant kingdom, and hemp seeds prove to be that source that’s needed for those waning off typical meats into the plant-based food world.
PMS & Menopause Symptom Reduction
Physical and emotional symptoms resulting from PMS are likely caused by sensitivity to hormone prolactin. GLA, or gamma-linolenic acid, found in hemp seeds, produces a chemical that reduces the effects of prolactin. Because hemp seeds are high in GLA, studies have indicated that hemp seeds can reduce symptoms of menopause, too!
Hemp Seeds Healthy? Yes. Hemp Seeds Tasty? No.
Granted, hemp seeds aren’t necessarily packed with flavor and consumers aren’t currently in a rush to sprinkle them in their cereal or atop their favorite salads. Instead, companies like Manitoba Harvest, incorporate hemp seeds in granola bars and other easier-to-eat formats.
Hemp Yeah! Let’s give hemp seeds a shot.
Overall, hemp seems appear to be extremely healthy for you. They may be one of the few “superfoods” out there that can be worthy of withstanding the test of time. Hemp is confidently in play for food in the future!
Have you tried hemp seeds? Oils? In a tea or coffee mixture? Or, are hemp seeds sailing away with the wind and non-worthy of being called a superfood?
Let us know your thoughts!