Hemp has a very long history and it is considered as one of the first known domesticated plants. While it’s a close relative of the herbCannabis, don’t confuse it with its psychoactive and medicinal properties.
Hemp is a tall plant that can be made into fuelandpaper, refined into oil, wax, and resin, and the seeds themselves can be eaten raw for their robust nutritional profile.
As it was reported by “Hemp Facts”, the world-leading producer of hemp is France, with more than 70% of the world output. China is the second leading producer of hemp, followed by Europe, North Koreaand Chile. Over 30 countries produce industrial hemp, including Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, China, Denmark, Finland, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Thailand, India, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Great Britain, Australia, Korea, Netherlands, and Poland.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, “the potential market for hemp seed as a food ingredient is unknown. However, it probably is going to remain a small market, such as those for sesame and poppy seeds.”
Eat Raw Hemp Seeds Every Day (And These Things Can Happen)
As it was mentioned before, hemp seeds have an exceptional nutritional profile; they are loaded with protein, antioxidants,essential fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Four heaping tablespoons of Shelled Hemp Seed contain 240 calories energy from:
- Saturated fats: 2.1g
- Polyunsaturated fats: 15g
- Mono-unsaturated fats: 2.7g
- Protein: 15g
- Omega 6: 11.4g, Omega 3: 3.6g
- Carbohydrates: 4.5g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Vitamin C: .42mg
- Vitamin A: 1.68 IU
- Vitamin B1: .58mg
- Vitamin B2: .14mg
- Vitamin B6: .05mg
- Vitamin D: 956 IU
- Vitamin E: 3.8mg
- Calcium: 31mg
- Iron: 2mg
- Sodium: 3.8mg
Due to their high mineral, vitamin, antioxidant, and amino acid content, hemp seeds promote brain health, support the cells in the body, and prevent cell damage and mitochondria from the free radicals.
Omega 3: Lowers the risk of arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.
Omega 6: Regulates the brain function, inflammation, blood pressure, blood clotting, and immunity.
Fiber: Provides relief from IBS, reduces the risk of hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, stroke, kidney and gallbladder stones, helps remove yeast and fungus from the body, promotes the heart health, promotes weight loss and management, and regulates the blood sugar.
Vitamin A: Supports the cell growth, promotes healthy teethandbones, promotes the good vision, it’s used for certain types of leukemia, great for healthy skin, essential for the reproductive process, prevents the formation of urinary stones, and helps with dry eyes.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): It protects the immune system, stimulates the healthy cellsproduction, and it helps break down the simple carbohydrates.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): This antioxidant prevents the damage from free radicals as well as heart disease and early aging. It’s needed for the transportation of oxygen through the body and the production of red blood cells, as well.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): It helps in regulating the levels of homocysteine, reduces inflammation in persons with rheumatoid arthritis, and it stimulates the production of melatonin, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Vitamin C: It supports healthy eye function, boosts immunity, lowers both blood lead and blood pressure levels, and it also acts as natural antihistamine.
Vitamin D: It helps to absorb calcium, maintains normal levels of phosphorusandcalcium, and protects against osteoporosis, hypertension, and even cancer.
Vitamin E: One more antioxidant that promotes healthy skin, eyes, and improvesimmunity and it protects cell damage.
Iron: It keeps the blood cells healthy and transfers the oxygen throughout the body.
Phosphorus: Helps the kidneys flush out toxic matter, boosts the energy levels, forms protein that are needed for reproduction, and it promotes teeth and bone formation.
Calcium: It keeps the blood pressure in check, maintains muscle functionandheart rhythm, it reduces the PMS symptoms, and prevents certain cancers.
Magnesium: Ultimately, magnesium helps the cells store energy, helps with musclesgrowth, promotes better flexibility, alkalizes the body, hydrates the body, relieves constipation, remineralizes the teeth, assists the enzyme function, and relaxes the nervous system.
Ways to add hemp seeds to your daily diet:
– Hemps seeds are good alternativefor dairy. Hemp ice cream and hemp milk are packed with nutrients, without the irritating ‘protein’ that is found in cow`s milk.
– Add one tablespoon of hemp seeds to a smoothie to reap their benefits, without altering the flavor.
– Prepare a superfood vegan pesto by using hemp seeds that can be used over gluten free pasta or as base to your pizza.
– Baked goods are one more way to add hemps seeds. Add a handful of hemp seeds to the batter in order to get its nutrients and nutty flavor.
– Add a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds to your salads for a nutritional boost.