8 Benefits Of Hemp Seeds
No. not that kind of hemp.
You totally had a hemp necklace back in middle school. But these days, you’d probably rather eat hemp than wear it.
Yep, hemp is now a bonafide superfood: “Hemp is super-nutritious and although tiny, quite mighty,” says Amy Shapiro, R.D., founder of Real Nutrition.
To reap the benefits, Shapiro suggests adding one daily tablespoon of hempseed—also known as hemp hearts—to your diet in a variety of ways. Mix them into to your smoothie or bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. And at dinner or lunch, sprinkle them on top of your salad, grain bowl, or plate of pasta.
You can also try hemp milk—a non-dairy option made from blending hemp hearts with water. And there’s hemp oil, which Shapiro says may (bonus!) help prevent eczema flareups. Meanwhile, hemp butter—ground-up hemp hearts—makes a healthy peanut butter substitute.
“There are really no negative side effects [to consuming hemp] except if you take blood coagulants, you should increase your hemp intake slowly as it may cause bleeding risks,” says Shapiro.
And yes, hemp does come from the same family of plants as marijuana. But no, it won’t get you high—there’s a distinct difference between psychoactive and non-psychoactive forms of hemp, according to the journal Nutrition and Metabolism. In fact, hemp seeds contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—which is super minimal.
So no, the hemp seeds in your cereal won’t make you laugh at Pineapple Express, but they might help you enjoy a healthier life in the following ways.
1. Hemp seeds can help build muscle mass.
Skip the protein powders and add a dose of protein-rich hemp to your smoothie to change things up. Shapiro says that unlike most plant-based protein sources, hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Three tablespoons provides 10 grams of protein—the same amount as a Go Macro protein bar or three ounces of cottage cheese.
2. They can boost energy.
Hemp seeds contain a small amount of complex carbohydrates (about a gram per tablespoon), which releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream, according to The American Heart Association, and prevents that dreaded energy spike and subsequent crash.
3. They may help you lose weight.
Weight loss occurs when you expend more calories than you take in, so hemp seeds won’t singlehandedly help you shed pounds. But they might help “if it replaces fattier and richer types of proteins in the diet,” such as red meat or whole-fat dairy, says Shapiro.
She adds that consuming it in other forms may also help with weight loss. For example, hemp milk has fewer carbohydrates and sugars than regular dairy milk, and hemp protein powder is a great addition to smoothies to help control appetite.
Hemp seeds are packed with all kinds of nutrients from protein to fiber and omega-3s. Here's how you can incorporate these seeds into your diet, plus the health benefits.
7 Incredible Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Why You Should Start Using Them Today
Hemp hearts are the seeds of the hemp plant, but even so, they contain only trace amounts of cannabinoids like THC and CBD (cannabidiol). Hemp oil can be extracted from the hemp seeds, but is not the same as CBD oil, which is cannabinoid-rich oil extracted from the flower of the plant.
As for hemp hearts, you can use them to make delicious homemade hemp milk, sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal, add them to smoothies, or eat them as a snack. You can also use hemp seeds in cooking if you want to enrich the nutritional value of your meals.
Hemp hearts contain a high amount of protein which is hard to find in plant-based foods. They also contain all 9 essential amino acids – another rare occurrence in plant food.
Excited to learn all about the incredible health benefits of hemp seeds? Keep reading to find out why they’re good for you and how to implement them in your diet and lifestyle.
1. Rich Source of Essential Nutrients
Hemp hearts are a rich source of essential nutrients such as fatty acids, dietary fiber, protein, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamin E. Each of these nutrients plays a vital role in your body and cellular health, aiding with digestion, functioning of the brain and nerves, and inflammation.
Hemp seeds contain high amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can improve heart health, support cognitive development and brain health, fight inflammation, and improve joint and bone health.
2. May Help With Skin Problems
If you’re suffering from dry, dull skin or have problems with eczema, irritation, redness, or acne, hemp seeds and their fatty acids can help you find relief. You can consume hemp seeds internally or use pure hemp seed oil to apply topically on the skin.
Because of its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins, hemp seed oil is one of the leading ingredients in many beauty, skin, and hair products.
3. Rich Source of Plant-Based Protein
The protein in hemp hearts is a complete protein, which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids. Few plant foods have complete protein – hemp seeds and soybeans are the exception. This is because only the protein in animal products and dairy is considered a complete protein.
In fact, 3 tablespoons of raw hulled hemp seeds contain a whopping 10 grams of protein. This extraordinary nutritional profile makes hemp seeds a superfood.
4. May Improve Heart Health
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Because hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they can help keep your heart and arteries healthy and strong. Hemp seeds may also help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
5. May Help With Digestion
Hemp hearts are rich in dietary fiber that helps with digestion and the feeling of fullness. 100 grams of raw hemp seeds contain 4 grams of fiber, making hemp seeds the perfect addition to your breakfast muesli, sandwich, or superfood smoothie. The fiber also helps keep your gut flora healthy and helps boost your immune system.
6. May Reduce Inflammation in the Body
The fatty acids in hemp seeds can help reduce inflammation in the body. Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of GLA (gamma-linoleic fatty acid) that helps with conditions like nerve damage, high blood pressure, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and other inflammatory issues.
7. May Help With Healthy Weight Loss
Hemp hearts are rich in dietary fiber and complete protein, both of which can help regulate and improve digestion and keep you fuller longer. This means you won’t be tempted to munch on snacks or simple carbs if you add hemp hearts to a well-balanced, nutrient-rich meal.
Start Reaping The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Today!
Whether you have them with your breakfast smoothie or cereal or add them in meals, hemp hearts are a nutritional powerhouse of amino acids, protein, and dietary fiber.
Hemp seeds won’t make you high, but they will give you enough energy and brainpower to keep you healthy, full, and focused.
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Hemp hearts are the seeds of the hemp plant, but even so, they contain only trace amounts of cannabinoids like THC and CBD (cannabidiol). Hemp oil can be extracted from the hemp seeds, but is not the same as CBD oil, which is cannabinoid-rich oil extracted from the flower of the plant. As for hemp hearts, you can use