Hemp seeds were long ignored for their nutritional benefits for generations due to their botanical relationship with medicinal varieties of cannabis. However, they are safe for consumption and cause no psychotropic reactions. Hemp seeds are the seeds of Cannabis sativa plant. They are used in Body care products, Building materials, Cleaning products, Health foods, Plastics and Textiles.
Hemp seeds are rich in GLA which is proven to help sooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature. Research has shown that Hemp seeds help women with PMS. Researchers have also found that Hemp seeds help in:
Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy
High blood pressure
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Research has shown that hemp seeds and hemp seed oil can be helpful in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. One tablespoon Hemp seed oil along with fish oil can help patients suffering from symptoms.
Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. Some experts recommend that adding four tablespoons of the seeds to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger the entire day. Fibre in hemp seeds promotes satiety and in turn aids weight loss.
Perfect blend of insoluble and soluble fibre, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system healthy. Additionally, this healthy mixture of roughage feeds the probiotics in your gut and helps secure a strong immune system. One of the benefits of high fibre foods like hemp seeds is the ability to help relieve constipation.
Hair, Skin and Nails
Hemp seeds help improving dry, red, flaking skin. They are used in high-end cosmetic products, hemp oil is included in lip balms, lotions and soaps. The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth- the recipe for smooth, soft skin. In fact, researchers studying the effects of hemp seed oil on atopic dermatitis, or eczema, a skin condition that causes inflammation and dry skin, found that patients’ symptoms improved with the use of the oil.
Since hemp seed oil is also good for skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema, it’s a good idea to eat at least a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds every day to maximize these benefits as well. You can also make a homemade skin cream combining hemp seed oil, shea butter and essential oils like lavender.
Because of its perfect fatty acid profile of omega-3 fats and GLA, hemp seed helps naturally balance inflammation levels and strengthen the immune system. The British Journal of Cancer reports that the THC in the seeds can stop and possibly reverse glioblastoma multiforme (a deadly form of brain cancer).
Some of the main ingredients in building a healthy heart include fibre, plant-based protein, healthy fats and eating less sugar. Seeds of Hemp help in doing all of those things. Research in animals and humans strongly suggests that hemp seeds can improve cardiovascular health and high blood pressure. I recommend adding two tablespoons of hemp seeds to a morning smoothie to naturally lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides.
Devina Bangotra is a nutrition expert who provides innovative approaches for healthy dieting, boosting fitness, sports nutrition and achieving correct body weight.