hemp seeds
Health, Lifestyle

Why we should eat hemp seeeds

Nothing is wasted from the hemp, maybe it’s the most versatile plant in the world. Also the seeds are good to eat and they don’t have THC (and neither other cannabinoids) but they have other properties.

Hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) are nutty, sweet and offer a high amount of omega-3  fatty acids. The omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary for muscle and joint repair. Differently from flax and chia seeds (also rich of omega-3) hemp keeps its crunchy and creamy texture when it’s wet. If you’re vegan or lactose-intolerant, you can add them to soups instead of dairy to add creaminess.
Hemp seeds have essential amino acids easily to digest and they are very rich in protein. 30 grams of hemp seeds contain 10 grams of protein — more than the amount found in a large boiled egg. The proteins that come from hemp seeds have low allergy potential, so they are more easily tolerated.

There other healthy reasons to add these lovely seeds to your diet:

They help reduce inflammation
Hemp hearts contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA .  It can decrease inflammation, and may help people suffering from eczema, arthritis and muscle pain. GLA also supports hair, nails and skin health. Hemp hearts are also high in alpha linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat that can reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

They are good for your heart.
These healthy seeds contain the amino acid arginine, which can lower blood pressure reducing your risk of heart disease. They are rich in vitamin E that protects the cardiovascular system from damage.

They reduce muscle cramps
Hemp hearts are a rich source of magnesium, which is a muscle relaxant and reduces headaches and muscle cramps. So adding hemp seeds to your diet  especially if you like working out often, can prevent cramps.The seeds also contain zinc, manganese and iron. These minerals are important for repair of tissues and maintenance of the immune system.

They relieve menopausal and PMS symptoms
Some studies suggest that hemp seeds may help with hormonal imbalances caused by menopause, including hot flashes and depression. They are also helpful for PMS symptoms due to its GLA and magnesium content.

With all these benefits it’s worth adding hemp seeds to your diet.

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