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.
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.”
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.
[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.
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).
Hulled Hemp Seeds Nutrition Profile (Raw)
Serving Size: 3 tbsp (30g)
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 1.5g
Total Carbohydrate: 3g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: Less than 1g
Vitamin B6: 8%
…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!
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?
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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