4 Nutritional Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Not too long ago hemp seeds were illegal to be sold on the market for human consumption. But what made the legislation change? Thanks to researchers that proved that consumption of hemp seeds to be safe, now we get to enjoy these seeds for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But what else helped the push for legalisation? The nutrition profile that hemp seeds offer is definitely one of the main factors. From a nutritional perspective, these seeds are considered to be one of the most complex foods. They provide an excellent source of protein, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients and also come with good fats. Here are some benefits that the hemp seeds bring you your health:
Excellent protein source
Hemp seeds are one of the richest source in protein, as they have 32 grams of protein in 100 grams. These seeds are a great source of amino acids, which are important in muscle recovery and synthesis, in hormone and neurotransmitter production and collagen synthesis, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin, nail and hair. Hemp seeds can be easily incorporated in a protein smoothie to support your muscle recovery, skin, nails, and hair health. Create a delicious breakfast smoothie together with berries, coconut water, another fruit of choice and some super green powder such as, Vital ALL-IN-ONE.
Excellent source of good fats
Hemp seeds have the perfect ration of omega 3 fatty acids to omega 6 fatty acids. Why is this a positive of hemp seeds? Omega 3 fatty acids reduce oxidative damage that happens in the body. Thus, the high amounts present in hemp seeds make these foods to have anti-inflammatory effects. They also contain a fatty acid called GLA that reduces the production of pro-inflammatory mediators in the body. Moreover, the omega 3 fatty acids in hemp seeds help in hormone production, help to reduce menstrual pain, and help to improve skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin irritations.
Excellent source of fibre
What makes these seeds to be gut supporting is their content of soluble and insoluble fibres. The reason why these fibres are so important for the digestive tract is due to their supporting effects to the microflora or gut bacteria life. Starting the morning with 13 Seeds Hemp porridge is an excellent way to support your gut health.
Hemp Seeds VS Chia Seeds
When comparing the two seeds, they have similar nutritional profile, but the ratio of nutrient content varies between the two. Hemp seeds have double the amount of protein in 100 grams when compared to chia seeds, as well as double the amount of folate, magnesium, zinc and copper. Hemp and chia seeds have similar iron content per 100 grams, whereas calcium and selenium have higher amounts present in chia seeds then compared to hemp seeds.
By Gabriela Ciobotaru ~ Flannerys Nutritionist
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