This month’s nutrition feature: Hemp seeds
Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are the small, edible seeds of the hemp plant. Surprisingly hemp seed are actually nuts, and they do have a slight nutty taste.
They have been used for thousands of years as a food source, and recent studies have shown that they have a wide range of health benefits. In this essay, we will explore the benefits of hemp seeds and how they can help improve our overall health and wellbeing.
Hemp seeds are high in fats but lucky for us these are essential fatty acids that are incredibly beneficial to the body. Omega-3 or alpha-linolenic acid and Omega-6 also known as linoleic acid, both of these are great for long term health and maintenance of the body including the brain and cardiovascular system.
Omega-3, Omega-6, High in protien and all nine essential amino acids, High in fibre, Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex (such as riboflavin, folate, vitamin B6, thiamine and niacin, iron, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium
Hemp seeds are also low in saturated fat, which makes them a healthier alternative to other sources of protein, such as red meat.
Hemp seed are high in protein and one of only a few plant derived foods that are listed as complete protein. This means they have all nine essential amino acids making them invaluable for vegan and vegetarian diets.
One particular amino acid, arginine is found in abundance in hemp seeds, this helps the body produce nitric oxide and nitric oxide allows the blood vessels to relax and dilate which has a positive effect on heart health.
Gamma-linolenic acid is also found in hemp seeds, this has been shown to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a natural response to injury or infection, but chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Studies have shown that the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in hemp seeds can help reduce inflammation in the body, making them an excellent addition to an anti-inflammatory diet.
Hemp seeds and hemp seeds oil may also reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of blood clots, and help the heart recover from heart attack.
They are also high in fiber, which can help improve digestion and prevent constipation. In addition, hemp seeds are rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc, which are essential for maintaining healthy bones, muscles, and overall body functions.
Hemp seeds have also been found to help improve skin health. The high levels of essential fatty acids in hemp seeds can help improve skin hydration, elasticity, and overall health. In addition, the vitamins and minerals in hemp seeds can help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors such as pollution and sun exposure.
Finally, hemp seeds are easy to incorporate into your diet. They can be eaten raw, roasted, or toasted, and are often added to smoothies, salads, or just sprinkled over whatever you are eating.
As with all foods it is important to consume hemp seeds in moderation to ensure a balanced diet, but by adding hemp seeds to your daily diet you can enjoy the benefits they offer and support your overall health and wellbeing.
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