Hemp seeds come from the world famous plant 'cannabis sativa'. Hemp is not the same as cannabis or marijuana that is regarded as a drug by society (now slowly being recognised as a medicine). Hemp contains minimal amounts of THC - the compound that gets the user 'stoned' or 'high'. So basically hemp - in layman terms is a cannabis plant that doesn't have enough THC to be classified as a drug but it does contain all the plant's beneficial properties.
The health benefits of hemp has been known for thousands of years and the plant and seeds were traded from continent to continent as a commodity - similar to salt, spices, silver and gold. It's been recorded that hemp has been used in China as a medicine for over 3000 years. It's even been found in tombs buried with ferro's which says a lot about this amazing plant.
Below is an overview of the benefits of using hemp.
First off, hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious. The seeds, which are technically classified as a nut are very rich in in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Furthermore hemp seeds are a great source of protein with 25% of their calories being a high quality protein. They're also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.
Hemp seeds can be consumed in multiple ways. You can eat them raw, cook or roast them or even add them into a juice. Commonly the seeds are be crushed, cold pressed and turned into a healthy nutritious oil which can be used to cook with or even used as a salad dressing.
Hemp seed oil is also used in many beauty products including creams, massage oils, hair products, balms, salves and much more. If you're interested in trying some hemp products you can purchase them from our online store by clicking the link below:
Eating hemp seeds reduces heart disease which is the number one killer worldwide. Hemp seeds contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine which produces nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is a gas that causes blood vessels to dilate and relax which in turn lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
The gamma-linolenic acid that hemp seeds contain also reduce inflammation in the body which also helps to reduce heart disease. Furthermore studies have shown that hemp seeds and hemp seed oil reduce the risk of blood clots and even have helped people recover after heart attacks.
Hemp Seeds & Hemp Seed Oil Fix Skin Conditions.
Hemp seeds attain a ratio of 3:1 in omega-6 to omega-3 which is considered the optimal range. Studies have revealed that hemp seed oil can be used as a successful treatment for multiple skin disorders including eczema, dry skin, rashes, sunburn and acne.
It's also been recorded to decrease wrinkles and some claim it attains anti-aging properties.
Hemp seeds and hemp oil contains Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin. In a study women were given 210mg of GLA per a day which significantly reduced symptoms of PMS and menopause. The study revealed that it decreased breast pain, tenderness, depression, irritability and fluid retention associated with PMS.
Hemp seeds also help regulate hormone imbalances and inflammation associated with menopause.
Hemp Seeds Help Aid Digestion .
Hemp seeds are an amazing source of fibre with 20% of its fibre being soluble and 80% being insoluble.
Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the stomach. It is a valuable source of nutrients for the beneficial digestive bacteria, and may also reduce spikes in blood sugar and regulate cholesterol levels.
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to fecal matter and may help food and waste pass through the gut. Consuming insoluble fiber has also been linked with a reduced risk of diabetes.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil contain multiple benefits and are quickly gaining popularity again. Over the last 50 years the government has forced hemp to be somewhat black listed due to political agendas. However, change is in the wind. Hemp is now slowly becoming mainstream due to its wide uses, it's simplicity to grow and harvest and .. off course the most import thing - it is natural!
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