Hemp seeds are a relatively new product that you are now seeing more commonly in grocery stores and the marketplace no because it was just recently discovered but for perceived health reasons.
Hemp seeds come from the same plant that produces marijuana, so naturally people believed that these seeds were also high in the active psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC. This led people to believe that they could potentially get high off eating these seeds, because they also contain THC, yet at much lower levels to not cause these effects.
If you’re considering adding hemp seeds to your diet, you don’t have to worry about getting high as a result because of the THC levels aren’t high enough to do so. Hemp seeds are also an extremely nutritious and beneficial food you don’t want to miss out on because of a misconception.
What Are the Benefits to Eating Hemp Seeds?
Helps To Regulate Hormone Production
Gamma-Linolenic Acid or GLA is a necessary fatty acid that we should definitely get more of from our diet because of the role it plays in the production of hormones. Hormones are how our bodies control all of our bodily processes over a prolonged period of time.
Proper hormone health is important in fighting against illnesses and dieses like diabetes, obesity, allergies, pain and arthritis. Hormones also help our body regulate our body temperature, helps to control and regulate inflammation as well as smooth muscle contraction.
Helps You Lose Weight
Many people associate hemp seeds with marijuana and thus think that eating hemp seeds is going to give you the munchies, making you crave more food and thus you put on more weight as a result.
Not only will eating hemp not give you the munchies, it will help suppress your appetite because it is high in fiber and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
Eating Hemp seeds can help you curb your hunger and you will eat less resulting in less weight gain over time.
Helps Keep Your Regular
Do you have problems maintaining a healthy stool? If you feel like you are going too often or if you stool is too watery you probably need to get more fiber in your diet.
Having diarrhea can ruin your day with you having to run back and forth to the bathroom constantly and can leave you dehydrated as a result also.
Hemp seeds are high in fiber which will help you slow down your bowel movements or conversely can help you with constipation as well.
Supplying your gut with healthy foods rich in fiber like hemp seeds encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. A healthy digestive tract means more regular bowel movements for you.
Can Fight Against Cancer
Hemp seeds like most other seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are key to maintaining our health when it comes to inflammation.
Inflammation can occur in any tissue type across our entire body and is associated with a variety of cancers. Hemp seeds also contain chemicals called cannabinoids, which have been shown to have cancer fighting ability.
Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy
As mentioned before Hemp seeds are rich in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, both of which help maintain a healthy heart. Omega 3 fatty acids are “good” fats responsible for reducing blood pressure and reducing plaque buildup in blood vessels, both which improve cardiovascular health.
Reduces Pain Associated With Arthritis
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology took a look at hemp seed oil and its effects on arthritis. It found that hemp seed oil reduced the survival rate of the cells which cause rheumatoid arthritis, even causing them to die which alleviates symptoms like joint pain.
Just one tablespoon of hemp oil taken daily on a regular basis was found to be very effective in fighting joint pain.
Keeps Your Nails, Skin and Hair Healthy
If you are suffering from dry skin or if you have a more serious skin condition like psoriasis, hemp seed oil can help keep your skin more moist and healthy.
The oils within the hemp seed oil repair the dry flaky skin and also help to reduce the inflammation that comes a result of the skin damage.