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Hemp seeds are derived from the hemp plant, which is one of the strains of cannabis. Hemp is closely related to marijuana plants, even though it has a different chemical makeup with its components having distinct ratios. As such, hemp seeds contain very little tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and contain minerals, proteins and fats.
The following list is compiled of seven reasons for why everyone is talking about hemp seeds. These reasons are not ranked in any particular order.
1. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious
Hemp seeds have a nutritional profile similar to that of nuts. In fact, hemp seeds are composed of at least 30 percent fat. They are a rich source of omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids. Hemp seeds are also rich in gamma-linoleic acid, which has a number of health benefits.
They also contain high-quality protein in higher amounts than flax seeds and chia seeds. That’s in addition to vitamin E and minerals like zinc, iron, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. You can eat hemp seeds raw, roasted or cooked. Hemp oil is also very useful. When combined with CBD, hemp oil can also be vaped. Vape pens are available in various forms and shapes, but it’s always important to look for good quality only.
2. They reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
The incidence of cardiovascular disease has been on the rise in the last few years. Luckily, you may reduce the risk of heart disease by making hemp seeds an integral part of your diet. Hemp seeds contain arginine, an amino acid that spurs the production of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels to dilate and relax, thus lowering blood pressure. One study found that an increased intake of arginine led to a decreased production of CRP (C-reactive protein), which indicates inflammation. Hemp seeds reduce inflammation, and thus they decrease the risk of heart disease.
3. Improve skin health
Hemp seeds have a perfect balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids with a ratio of 1:3. In health circles, this is the optimal range required for perfect immune responses. When given to people suffering from eczema, hemp seeds lead to the improvement of fatty acids in the blood. It relieves dry skin, improves itchiness, and reduces the necessity for skin medication.
4. Offer a complete source of protein
To reiterate, hemp seeds contain 25 percent of protein, similar to what you will get from lamb and beef. From 30 grams of hemp seeds, you will get at least 11 grams of protein. Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, given that they have all the amino acids essential for the proper functioning of the body.
They contain glutamic acid, arginine, cysteine, methionine and the rare lysine amino acids. Add to that the fact that hemp protein is highly digestible and you know what you have on your hands.
5. Great for female reproductive health
It is estimated that about 80 percent of women suffer from emotional and physical symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). In most cases, these symptoms result from sensitivity to prolactin, a reproductive hormone.
Hemp seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which neutralizes prolactin. One study showed that taking GLA and other fatty acids reduce symptoms of PMS such as fluid retention, irritability, depression and breast pain or tenderness.
6. High-fibre for better digestion
A lot has been said about the role of fibre in digestion. When eaten whole, hemp seeds are a great source of 20 percent soluble and 80 percent insoluble fibre. In the gut, soluble fibre turns into a gel which then supplies nutrition to digestive bacteria and reduces a spike in sugar levels by helping you feel fuller for longer.
By adding bulk to fecal matter, insoluble fibre helps food pass through the gut. Eating high amounts of insoluble fats also reduces the risk of lifestyle diseases like diabetes. When it comes to hemp seeds, you should eat them whole.
7. Hemp seeds are not psychoactive
When the word ‘hemp’ is mentioned, the first thing that crosses your mind is cannabis. While hemp is related to cannabis, it contains very little amounts of THC, the compound that gives you a high. So eating hemp seeds doesn’t lead to the same effects as the consumption of marijuana. Hemp seeds are not a drug and shouldn’t be treated as such.
As you can see, the seeds of the hemp plant are beneficial in more than one way. Apart from their effect on human health, they are great in the sense that they are non-psychoactive. If you haven’t embraced these seeds, the time is now.
Jessica has been closely studying the cannabis industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes an interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current marijuana trends, particularly medical cannabis.