What are Hemp Seeds?
We know what you are immediately thinking of! One of the oldest (even the Vedic scriptures advocated them) but seriously misunderstood mighty ingredient is, hemp seeds. Hemp seeds fall under the category of superfoods. What this means is that their array of health benefits go beyond their nutritional value. Hemp seeds are associated with their sister plant marijuana but the two are not at all the same. Hemp seeds are derived from Cannabis Sativa but from a variant that does not contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (the component that gets you “high”).
Hemp seed benefits have been recognised by many ancient cultures such as Egyptians, Persians, Babylonians, Indians, and Chinese. The urban Indians are slowly paving the way for such eco-friendly superfoods and embracing the idea of hemp seeds in their routine.
Hemp Seeds: Benefits and Use
Hemp is a multipurpose plant that has a wide array of health benefits associated with it. It is also one of nutritionally balanced superfoods that can be easily used to improve your health. If you are shielding away from them due to a bad cred, their science-backed benefits are sure to “wow” you.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Hemp seeds contain arginine which is an amino acid responsible for lowering blood pressure and lowering the risk of heart diseases. Hemp has an advantage in terms of protein and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It also has linoleic acid which reduces bad cholesterol to keep the heart healthy. Elements like phytonutrients and anti-ageing oxidants such as vitamin E that protect the heart from tissue damage are present in hemp seeds. Studies have shown that component arginine contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system (1).
Hemp Seeds Oil for Skin Disorders
Pure hemp seed oil can heal dry, dull, irritated, red and acne skin. Fatty acids in hemp seeds can provide relief for your skin disorders. Studies have found oral consumption of hemp seed oil improves symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and acne. In addition, hemp seed oil strengthens the skin and makes it better able to resist infection (2). Fatty acids and vitamins found in hemp seeds are a leading ingredient in many beauty products. Hemp oil is also useful in treating ageing related skin issues and acne scarring.
Hemp Seeds Plant-Based Protein
Hemp protein gets its glory from all the 20 amino acids, 9 essentials and 2 semi-essential amino acids. Hemp hearts contain a protein content called edestin protein which is a digestible part of active protein. Just by adding 2-3 spoons of hemp seeds to your diet, you don't have to worry about meeting your daily protein requirement.
Aids in Digestion
Our gut is called the second brain for the right reasons. It’s no mystery that the Gut microbes and the amount of fibre intake are directly co-related with each other. Hemp seeds keep your Gastric juice, microbe balance and intestinal health in balance with their dual benefit of both soluble and insoluble fibre.
Therapeutic effect for PMS And Menopause
Managing your PMS and menopause couldn’t get easier. You can combat menstrual cramps, mood swings, hormonal imbalances and hot flashes with hemp oil which is a solution beyond conventional pain killers. Natural aromatherapy relieves pain due to the high level of GLA ( gamma-linolic-acid). The perfect balance of essential fatty acids keeps your hormones in check.
How to add Hemp Seeds to Diet
Hemp derivatives are available in several forms in the marketplace, you can buy, hemp seeds, hemp milk, hemp powder and healthy bars with hemp as an ingredient in them. You can also use hemp seeds as a garnish to your oatmeal and yoghurt bowl. They can be added to bulk up smoothies or can be made into a milk form or baked into treats. Hemp seeds can be added to any of your salads along with nuts and seeds.
It is completely safe and will not have any psychedelic effects. They are nutritionally dense abundant with antioxidants, fatty acids, complete protein, vitamins and minerals. Keep an eye out for trustworthy brands and sources, some sources online could contain THC that exceed the legal limit. Adding hemp seeds for your balanced diet along with other nutrients is a definitive consideration.