We’ve all heard the buzz word “SUPERFOOD” but what does that mean? According to the Webster dictionary a super food is a food than is rich in compounds such as antioxidants, fiber and fatty acids and is considered to be beneficial to a person’s health. Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol as well as blood pressure and may even help to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Although Hemp seeds and harts come from a cannabis sativa plant they do not contain THC the psychoactive compound. These tiny seeds fall into the “SUPERFOOD” category because they are rich in protein, fiber, fatty acids (including omega-3’s and omega-6s. They also have antioxidant effects and may reduce symptoms of various ailments, improve heart health, skin and even joints. Just when you thought the Cannabis Hemp plants couldn’t do more let’s explore noted benefits as a “SUPERFOOD”. Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein, providing all nine essential amino acids.
Protein – They are a complete source protein source which means they contain all nine essential amino acids that must be obtained through diet.
Unsaturated Fats – The body can’t produce essential fatty acids they must be obtained through diet. But the ratio of omega-3’s to omega-6 is important. Adding hemp seeds to your diet can help promote balance.
Fiber – Though there is more fiber in the hull even hemp hearts yield high natural fiber which helps with appetite, weight management, blood sugar and gut health.
Minerals and Vitamins – Hemp seeds contain an array of vitamins and minerals like: Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, as well as Iron, Zinc and B Vitamins.
Protecting the Brain – Compounds in the seeds may have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory effects.
Boost Heart Health – The seeds contain high levels of arginine, an amino acid that turns into nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is essential for artery and vein dilation, and it helps keep blood vessel walls smooth and elastic.
Reduce Inflammation – Mostly attributed to the fatty acids. NOTE: researchers usually use high concentrations of hemp extracts such as CBD and that eating the seeds may produce less dramatic effects.
Improve Skin Conditions – Acne is caused by inflammation, lack of fatty acids and fiber deficiency. Hemp seeds and hearts fill the nutritional void.
Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis – In 2014, research conducted in human cells suggested that hemp seed oil could have anti-rheumatic effects.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 116 calories and the following nutrients:
Total Fatty Acids 14.62g
Monosaturated Fatty Acids 1.62g
Polysaturated Fat 11.43g
Saturated Fatty Acids 1.38g
In short, this amazing plant serves so many purposes we are still uncovering the possibilities of its beneficial reach.
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