What is Hemp?
Hemp seeds are from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
They are from the same species as cannabis (marijuana). However, hemp seeds contain only trace amounts of THC, the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana, making it totally safe and legal.
Hemp is super healthy! It is one of the oldest domesticated crops, it has been used for thousands of years. Hemp contains healthy amounts of magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium, which are all critical to brain function, blood building, the immune system, and muscle function.
Some Benefits of Hemp:
- Hemp seeds contain over 30% healthy fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). (1) Omega-3 is important for brain function among other things, and Omege-6 exerts strong anti-inflammatory activity.
- Hemp seeds may reduce the risk of heart disease. They contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which is used to produce nitric oxide in the body (2) . Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that makes the blood vessels dilate and relax, leading to lowered blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease (3).
A separate study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis indicates that hemp seeds can help prevent the formation of dangerous blood clots that cause heart attacks and stroke. (4)
In addition to decreasing the likelihood of a heart attack, hemp seeds might favorably alter cardiac performance after a heart attack has occurred.
- Hemp Seed Oil may reduce symptoms of eczema. It may also relieve dry skin, improve itchiness and reduce the need for skin medication. These positive changes in skin quality are believed to be related to the beneficial improvements in subjects’ plasma fatty acid profiles. (5)
- Additionally, hemp may relieve pain, reduce stress, improve sleep and build bone.
Now that you know all the benefits of hemp, how can you integrate it into your daily diet?
Hemp seeds can be incorporated into the diet quite easily. The hulled seeds can improve the taste of any dish they are added to. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted so they can be enjoyed as a snack. Some enjoy sprinkling them onto salads, cereals and yogurt. You can also add them into your smoothies and shakes or even use hemp seeds in baked goods such as breads and muffins. (4)
Enjoy the taste and the benefits of hemp, and live supreme!