Hemp is a plant that has been cultivated for hundreds of years ago. Its seeds are used as food supplements and fiber is used to make sails and textiles. The recent application of the plant is in CBD extraction. In fact, the plant belongs to the cannabis species and is a rich source of various cannabinoids that have many therapeutic benefits. CBD and other cannabinoids are extracted from the flowers of the hemp plant.
In this article, we are discussing the health benefits of hemp seeds.
Hemp Seeds Are Rich Sources Of Various Nutrients
Hemp seeds contain various nutrients including:
Protein: Hemp seeds have nearly as much protein as in soybeans. In fact, every 30 grams of hemp seeds contain 9.46 grams of protein. Hemp seeds are rich in amino acid, arginine that benefits heart health.
Unsaturated fats: Hemp seeds are rich in fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid.
Fiber: Hemp seeds are a good source of fiber, especially the seeds with their shells. Fiber offers various benefits like weight management, appetite management, and more.
Minerals and vitamins: Hemp seeds are rich in minerals like zinc, iron, phosphorous, and potassium and vitamins like vitamin E and vitamin B.
It Can Alleviate Various Skin Conditions
Chronic inflammation can lead to conditions like acne and atopic dermatitis. Hemp seeds contain some anti-inflammatory compounds that can help handle the condition. The deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids is a dietary cause that may lead to acne. Being a rich source of omega-3s, hemp seeds can contribute to reducing acne caused by omega-3 deficiency.
The omega-3 content in hemp seeds and the healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in hemp seeds can contribute to reducing inflammation.
Hemp seeds are also known to be rich in gamma-linolenic acid that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Improves Heart Health
Omega-3 fatty acids can improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Hemp seeds have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and maintain a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. The seeds are also rich in arginine, an amino acid that turns into nitric oxide, which is known to keep blood vessel cells smooth and elastic.
The rich nutrient profile of hemp seeds explains why it is considered a superfood. Although hemp crops are used to extract cannabinoids like CBD and THC, hemp seeds generally aren’t rich in these cannabinoids. They are exclusively used as food. Hemp seed oil extracted by cold pressing hemp seeds has applications in skincare and preparation of food items.