Hemp seeds are one of the purest and most nutritionally dense foods sources on the planet. They are laden with vitamins, minerals, and the hard-to-get fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). They are also rich in protein and are the best substitute for soy as a protein source for those on a vegan diet. Unlike soy, hemp is not genetically modified (GMO) and is often grown organically.
Because of short-sighted and narrow-minded laws in the United States, however, hemp cannot be legally grown here, despite the fact that it has almost no THC in it. The law covers all “cannabis” plants, which is a large range of both hemp and marijuana plants. Hemp is part of the Sativa family of cannabis and is grown virtually the world over.
Hemp seeds are known to help the heart and lower blood pressure by reducing inflammation to allow for improved circulation. They also contain omegas 6 and 3.
Hemp seeds are also known as a digestion improver as everything in them that is not a vitamin, mineral, protein or fatty acid is fiber. This also aids in losing weight as the fiber is a filler and also a known appetite suppressant when eaten in the vegetable form hemp seeds provide. The fatty acid GLA is also good for metabolism stabilization, which aids in weight loss.
This means more energy, better cholesterol levels as your body can better regulate itself and both of those mean that your metabolism will also help balance your blood sugar levels, helping to defy age and avoid diseases like diabetes.
That’s a lot of punch for such a tiny little seed. Hemp oil is another popular way to get this nutrient, which has everything except most of the fiber in it. This is the easiest way for most Americans to get hemp for their own use. Ground seeds are also popular, but have a short shelf life and so are not as easily found on the market here.
Much of the hemp seed and oil that is available is certified organic as well. Some may not be, but was not likely sprayed with pesticides (hemp and marijuana got the name “weed” for a reason: they are one) as these plants usually choke out any competition quickly. They may have been fertilized with chemical/synthetic fertilizers rather than natural ones, however.
Look for hemp seed and oil at your local health food store. Got a favorite recipe or way to eat your hemp seeds? Let us know!
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