Hemp Seed Health Benefits: Little Guys that Pack a BIG Punch

Hemp Seeds and Hemp Leaves

When it comes to hemp seed health benefits, these “little guys” are super-hero forces to be reckoned with in the health food world. But don’t take my word for it. Tons of prominent sources support that claim and so do the nutrition facts.

But first thing’s first…

What Are Hemp Seeds?

Hemp seeds are from the Cannabis sativa L. hemp plant.

I know what question automatically pops into some people’s minds when I utter the word “cannabis.”

Are hemp seeds marijuana?

No, they are not. While hemp seeds are from the same species as cannabis, they only contain super tiny amounts of THC. In fact, it isn’t even traceable unless you eat an entire large bag. And even then… don’t expect to feel a psychotropic effect whatsoever.

Cannabis Sativa Plant THC and marijuana aside, hemp seeds are good for you, especially because they’re outrageously nutrient-dense and not to mention teeming with fats (healthy ones, that is), protein, and numerous other health-boosting minerals.

“I want people to get over the stigma about
hemp. These seeds can’t make you high,

but they will make you feel good.”
-Ziggy Marley

With no further ado…

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

 1  Hemp Protein: The Most Superior Plant-Based Protein Out There!

A whopping 25% of all calories in hemp seeds come from protein. Need I say more? Maybe not, but I’d like to elaborate anyway…

Hemps seeds are a complete protein source and to top that off, the protein in hemp seeds, believe it or not, amounts to the protein of red meats like beef and lamb.

Let me back up just a second here… When something is a complete source of protein, it means that the food provides every single essential amino acid. (There are 10 of them.) These vital acids aren’t prevalent in the body naturally unless you obtain them from your diet.[1a]

Plant-wise, this is an exceedingly rare find indeed. Lysine tends to be the amino acid most other protein-containing plants lack. But not heroic hemp!

While we’re still on the topic of amino acids… Hemp seeds are exceedingly high in cysteine, methionine, and arginine, making them an excellent choice for plant-based foodies and omnivores alike.[1b]

 2  A Spoonful of Hemp Seed a Day Keeps the Cardiologist Away.

A cold hard fact: Heart disease takes WAY too many lives each year.

But hemp, being the hero/ine of the plant world, comes to the rescue with its, you guessed it… astronomically high amounts of the amino acids! Arginine, to be precise. This particular amino acid is in charge of creating nitric acid in the body.

What does this mean for you and your heart health? This gas molecule causes blood vessels to dilate, which in turn lowers blood pressure, which in turn reduces overall heart disease risk.[2a] It’s one Jupiter-sized domino effect with a happy heart as an end result.

Additionally, several animal studies point to hemp seeds reducing overall blood pressure, drastically lessening the risk of blood clots, and even helping the heart recover faster post heart attack.[2b]

 3  Hemp Seeds: Your Digestive Tract’s Partner in Well… Digestion.

The grandeur of hemp seeds doesn’t just stop at a happy heart, though. This stuff makes for a happy belly as well.

Fiber is the key here. And these seeds come with a notable amount of both (insoluble and soluble). This not only regulates your overall digestion, it feeds the lovely probiotics that live in your gut. Optimal digestive health = Zeus status immune system.[3]

[Related Post: Healing Leaky Gut Naturally: Top 10 Health-Restoring Foods!]

 4  The Hormone Health Helper of the Seed World.

Prostaglandin (a vital hormone-esque substance) is one of the primary catalysts when it comes to our body’s functionality. Basically, prostaglandins help relax the muscles and regulate bodily inflammation and temperature.[4a]

The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds is actually the blue print for prostaglandins and extensive research has concluded that GLA-supplementation is a must for optimal hormone function.[4b]

 5  PMS? Menopause? No Problem!

Speaking of that good ole GLA… Seeing as GLA-packed seeds serve as hormone balancers and inflammation-reducers, they can help ease the undesirable effects of both PMS and menopause.

PMS and menopause, more often than not, stems from prolactin (a hormone). GLA is known to substantially diminish the effect of prolactin.[5]


Where to Buy Hemp Seeds

Honestly… you can buy these seeds anywhere! I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. They’re also available at Costco and online (Amazon).

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds

Hulled Hemp Seeds Nutrition Profile (Raw)

Serving Size: 3 tbsp (30g)
Calories: 170
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 3g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: Less than 1g
Protein: 10g

Calcium: 2%
Thiamine: 25%
Vitamin B6: 8%
Phosphorus: 45%
Iron: 20%
Riboflavin: 6%
Folate: 8%
Magnesium: 45%
Manganese: 110%

…Are you just as impressed as I am? “Hulled” (not to be confused with the incredible Hulk… see what I did there?) is another word for “shelled,” by the way.

What Are Hemp Seeds Good In?

I thought you’d never ask. But now that you have, prepare to be overwhelmed (in a good way)!

Hemp seeds are good in just about anything, really. Add a tablespoon to your berry smoothie, a bowl of granola, or to a hearty lentil soup. They’re also a great salad companion and you can even add a dash to curried dishes… preferably after you cook the meal. The rawness is what makes hemp seeds even more nutritious.

Or you can literally eat them as is. There are really no limits with this stuff!

Granola with Hemp Seeds

Should I Eat Hemp Seeds?

If you’re still wondering if it’s worth your money and chewing energy, let me make it easy for you and give you the verdict: YES, you absolutely should.

I know benefit number 5 doesn’t exactly apply to the males out there, but I’m sure the stupendous nutrition profile alone is enough to convince you.

What are some of your
favorite plant-based proteins?

Eva Xanthopoulos


Sources
1. “Hempseed as a Nutritional Resource: An Overview by J. C. Callaway.”
2. “The Cardiac and Haemostatic Effects of Dietary Hempseed.”
3. “Characterization, Amino Acid Composition and In Vitro Digestibility of Hemp Proteins.”
4. “Hemp: Nature’s Forgotten Nutraceutical.”
5. “GLA: Uses and New Sources.”


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42 COMMENTS

  1. I love these too! I don’t notice much taste but I have them with my salads at lunch time. They are amazingly nutrient-dense and pleasant to eat. Thanks for filling us in. Also, if you haven’t tried hemp oil, it’s really tasty too. I’m not talking about CBD oil, but hemp oil. It has an herbaceous taste and while expensive, is a nice addition to salads as well. As you can see I’m all about the salads. The brand I buy is Nutiva, based out of Richmond, CA, my old stomping grounds.

    • I know what you mean! That’s a good thing because that means they’re super versatile and you can put them in just about anything without interfering with the dish’s overall flavor.

      I actually haven’t tried hemp oil yet. Thank you for the recommendation!

      Haha. Yes, I certainly can see that. Who can blame you? Salads are awesome!! Do you have a go-to salad? Or do you like to change it up often?

      Colossal salad has got to be our all-time favorite: http://healthmasterymovement.com/colossal-salad-recipe/
      …It’s pretty much a rainbow in salad form. 😀

      • Yes I have!! I like to add them to certain salads and even soups sometimes. I don’t eat them daily but I have a stash at home for when I need extra plant based protein. Great article btw 🙂

        • Thank you so much! 😀 What brand do you typically buy? I love Manitoba Harvest, but haven’t tried any others yet.

          • I’ve bought Manitoba Harvest in the past and it’s good but also Now Foods Organic Hemp Seeds 🙂 I think you would like them, they have a toasted version that’s pretty sweet in salads.

          • Thank you! 🙂 I’ll be sure to give those a try. Especially the toasted variety. I’ve only had the raw kind.

  2. Hey Eva, I was just reading about Hemp yesturday! One of the benefits of GLA is that it reduces the sensitivity to the hormone you mention, prolactin. For me this means breast pain and tenderness. I go for 50g a day of hemp and its just not there 🙂 Thanks for your like too. I see i’m going to have to explore your site more 🙂

    • That’s excellent! I’m so happy it works for you. And you’re welcome! Thanks for checking out Health Mastery Movement and leaving a comment. 😀

  3. Love hemp seeds! Love the name “hemp hearts”! I put a tbsp in my smoothie every morning, sprinkle them on salads, make salad dressing and “cream” sauces from them …
    (Thanks for stopping by my blog)!

    • I heart hemp hearts too. And puns too apparently. 🙂

      Smoothies and salads with hemp seeds are the best. Are you a fan of any other seeds?

      And my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by HMM and leaving a comment. <3

  4. Good article! When it comes to hemp, flax, black sesame and chia seeds, good things definitely come in small packages. 🙂 And how fortunate for us!

    • Thank you! 🙂 Very fortunate indeed. I’m glad you mentioned black sesame as well. I need to start incorporating that more into my diet too!

      Speaking of hemp seeds, I came across hemp heart snack bars at the whole foods store the other day. They’re so delicious!!

  5. Good morning Eva! Love this article. I ate a bag or two of hemp seeds then just lost contact with the concept. Thanks for sharing this article. Will be going back to get more…especially since I am now, completely vegetarian…and my meat-eating husband and daughter are always bugging me about protein!

    • Thank you! I’m glad you love it. 🙂

      Yes! Hemp seeds are an amazing source of plant-based protein, among other things. I especially like to put them in smoothies.

    • Thank you, Rebecca!

      Flax and chia seeds are also nutritional powerhouses. But yes, definitely add hemp seeds to the mix… Then you’ll have a super seed trio! 😀

    • Awesome! I’ve actually made hemp seed milk with them. Seeing as I’m lactose intolerant, this makes a great alternative!

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