Cannabis sativa or hemp seeds are becoming popular these days. It is touted to be a very versatile superfood that provides the necessary nutrients that the human body requires.
What makes this superfood super?
Being a nutrient-dense food, hemp seeds contain most nutrients and typically low in calories. This humble seeds are a plant source of essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that is required to meet the nutritional need of humans.
In addition, hemp seeds are a rich source of antioxidants that wards off the damaging free radicals in the body. It is not only a rich source of plant-based proteins but also a great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, E, and the B vitamins, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. One of the most amazing thing about hemp is that it does not allergens, an allergy causing component that are typically found in soy, dairy, and tree nuts.
Why hemp seed should rule your diet?
Hemp provides a powerful nutrition that everyone can enjoy to achieve stunning health benefits.
Hemp seeds are noted for their high concentrations of omega fatty acids that are beneficial improve the heart’s health. The role of essential fatty acids ranges from lowering blood cholesterol, prevents plaque buildup in the arteries, and reduces the inflammation, which is the main culprit of high blood pressure and poor blood circulation.
One of the vital roles of omega fatty acids is to support the brain health. This claim is supported by a study published in the journal Neurology, which provides sufficient evidences that a high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may protect the brain against cognitive impairment. A regular consumption of hemp seeds may keep anxiety and depression at bay.
Hemp is often used as an ingredient in many beauty products such as skin lotions, soaps and lip balms. The hemp oil is touted to easily penetrate the inner layer of the skin. Moreover, its benefits extend beyond beauty products. It is also used as a treatment for ski conditions such as atopic dermatitis, including skin dryness and itchiness. According to a 2005 study, it is the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid that is responsible in treating skin disorders.
Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant, which explains why you feel full longer. Hemp is a balanced food to support weight loss, improve muscle tone, reduce cravings, and speed up fat loss.
The omega-6 fatty acid in hemp seed acts as the body’s anti-inflammatory massager. Omega-6 or called GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) can decrease the inflammation, which can help people who are suffering from asthma, arthritis and muscle pain.
How to incorporate hemp in your diet
Hemp seeds are nutty in taste and its really delicious, plus they pack a serious nutritional punch. Its wonderful flavor makes it a great addition to your diet. Some simple ways to incorporate hemp in your diet includes:
Topping on salads
Made for smoothies
Tossed in rice, oatmeal, or homemade granola
Baked with puddings and pastries.
Made for herb dressing
Hemp offers tremendous nutritional profile. If you are on your way to a healthy diet then adding hemp to your daily “must eat” list is really a good start.