Not to be mixed up with the other type of hemp… Hemp seeds do derive from cannabis and have trace amounts of THC, but don’t produce any mind altering effects as they’re a non-psychoactive drug.
Hemp seeds are filled with various vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, often considered to be a superfood. Here are six science based benefits of hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of nutrition. They’re high in omega-3s, omega-6s, fiber, and protein.
For those that are vegan, plant-based, or hate fish, hemp seeds are an excellent way of gaining omegas into the diet. Check out our article here on why omegas are so necessary for the body LINK.
Being high in fiber can result in greater satiety which aids weight loss and eating less.
Plant-based Source of Protein
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant-based protein containing 10 grams of protein in three tablespoons. They contain all essential amino acids and are therefore a complete protein.
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds provide 140 mg magnesium (the recommended daily value is 310-420 mg).
Magnesium plays a key role in relaxing the body and improving sleep. For insomniacs, this is extremely good news.
In addition to the high amount of omegas, hemp seeds are filled with the amino acid arginine.
Arginine is key to decreasing the amount of C-reactive Protein (CRP) which is linked to heart disease.
Aid with PMS Symptoms and Skin
Hemp seeds are filled with Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which has been shown to be highly effective against PMS symptoms and conditions that affect the skin like systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, and eczema.