These little seeds pack a lot of healthy punch! Not only can hemp can provide you with a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins, it is also rich in sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron. Hemp seeds are also easy to add into your daily routine: in smoothies, sprinkled salads, in oatmeal, and in yogurt!
The health benefits of hemp seeds:
Heart health and lowered blood pressure
Hemp seeds contain essential fatty acids that are known reduce blood cholesterol. These fatty acids (which we wrote about here) keeps the heart healthy and also prevents plaque buildup in the arteries, which can ultimately lead to heart attack and strokes. Fatty acids also reduce inflammation that can cause high blood pressure and poor blood circulation.
Hemp oil is often used in high-end cosmetic products such as skin lotions, soaps and lip balms. This is because this oil penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes vigorous cell growth for a smoother and softer skin. Hemp is also good for clearing up skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and dry skin. We also wrote an article about the Best Oils for the Skin.
Ensures a healthy mind
Your brain has lot of fatty acids found in hemp. Not only can it help alleviate anxiety and improve mood, but it can also curb diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and can also improve your memory.
Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant, which can help induce weight loss that makes you feel full longer. Adding just four tablespoons of hemp seed to your meal can reduce your food cravings significantly. You will also feel more energy during exercise!
You can eliminate various digestive orders such as bloating and constipation because hemp is loaded with soluble fibers which keep your digestive tract healthy and clean.
Hemp contains lots of plant sterols and antioxidants that can help reduce risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
Hemp seeds are also helpful if you are either a diabetic or borderline diabetic, as they can control your sugar levels. This is mainly due to its healthy fats that help in the quick absorption of glucose from the bloodstream and its conversion into energy. Not only will the sweet cravings decrease, but the energy levels will also increase.