Hemp is often associated with hippies and marijuana. The image of a guy living in a van with a tie-dyed t-shirt might come to mind, but hemp is much more than the plant that produces an illegal substance. Hemp is a useful ingredient that can be used to make textiles, skin care products, cleaners and food. In fact, hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and should be a part of a healthy diet. Let’s learn more about hemp seeds.
What are hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are made from the same plant that marijuana is made from – Cannabis sativa. However, that does not mean that hemp seeds will affect you in a negative way. They do not have THC, the ingredient in marijuana that can make you ‘high.’ Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, but they also are used to make milk or be ground into a powder.
What are the benefits of hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are nutritionally dense. They contain potassium, vitamin A, iron, fiber and protein. They also contain other acids that can help your body function properly.
Hemp seeds are a great source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. They have a higher than normal amount of protein for a plant-based food, which makes them especially helpful. They are also a complete source of protein, so your body can digest and use it very easily.
Hemp can help improve heart health because of its high fiber content and amino acids. The amino acid in hemp seeds can reduce inflammation that directly leads to heart disease.
Hemp is a great source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) that helps with hormone control, especially in women. GLA can help with a whole host of issues including breast pain, PMS, ADHD, multiple sclerosis and skin allergies. GLA can also lower inflammation and increase muscle health.
Arthritis can be incredibly painful, but hemp seeds can help control symptoms so patients can have a higher quality of life. Since it has anti-arthritic effects in the body, it can also be used to prevent developing arthritis in those who may be concerned about getting this disease later in life.
Hemp seeds also help with your digestive health while keeping you full. They also help your gut have the proper probiotics so that it functions properly.
Fiber is also useful in regulating blood sugar levels, which will keep you from developing diabetes. It will also help you manage your weight, making it a perfect addition to any diet.
How can I eat hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds are great to sprinkle on salad or oatmeal. They taste great in smoothies and cereal. You can also use hemp seeds to make salad dressings and they can be pressed into an oil. They have a very light flavor so you can enjoy the crunch they provide or hide them in a dish and simply enjoy the health benefits.
Even though hemp seeds are associated with an illegal substance, you should not be afraid of them! They are a great source of nutrients that cannot be found in other seeds. Add these seeds to your diet and you will look and feel better in no time.