Since discovering the benefits of Hemp Seeds I've been looking for any way I can add them to meals and snacks.
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the plant Cannabis Sativa. They are from the same species as marijuana but a different type so it is perfectly safe for kids and adults to ingest.
They have a mild nutty taste which make them very easy to add to various foods.
They've been around for thousands of years in China and used in various foods and medicine.
Here are 5 reasons why it's a good idea to start adding them to your diet.
1. High In Nutrients
Hemp seeds contain high quality protein, more so than Chia and Flaxseeds. They are a great source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphoru, sodium and B vitamins
They are rich in essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3) and they contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to several health benefits.
High in fibre, hemp seeds also help with good gut health and aid in digestion.
High in so many nutrients this superfood aids in an overall feeling of good health and well-being.
2. Reduced PMS Symptoms
PMS symptoms are caused by sensitivity to the hormone prolactin. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is found in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin.
The essential fatty acids in hemp seeds help significantly reduce PMS symptoms and the Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds may regulate hormone imbalances and inflammation that are associated with PMS.
Research has found that magnesium and B vitamins aid in PMS relief. Feelings such as anxiety and depression can be reduced with the introduction of hemp seeds due to the magnesium and B vitamins present.
3. Stress and Anxiety Relief
Certain deficiencies can cause feelings of anxiety. A diet lacking in iron, magnesium, B vitamins and omega-3 may make it difficult to keep stress and anxiety at bay.
Good gut health is also essential in reducing stress and anxiety. The good news is, hemp seeds contain all of these anxiety busting vitamins and nutrients and assist with good gut health.
4. Skin and Hair
The fatty acids present in hemp seeds help stimulate hair growth and nourishment for the follicles. The other upside is glowing skin from the omega-3 and omega-6 present.
5. Boost the Brain
Results from various studies suggest that the compounds of hemp seeds’ may have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, effects and may also help to regulate the immune system.
These studies suggest that, because of these properties, they may help with neurological conditions, including: anxiety, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, childhood seizure disorders
Hemp seeds can be incorporated into your diet in a variety of ways by adding them to:
Begin with a teaspoon each day and work your way toward 1-2 tablespoons to reap the rewards of these powerful seeds.