Hemp seeds are one of the most nutrient-rich foods available to us. They’re an excellent food to incorporate into your diet – the seeds are rich in healthy fats, minerals and protein. But most importantly, they taste delicious and are an extremely versatile food – you can add them to almost anything!
If you don’t currently incorporate hemp into your diet, here’s why you should consider making the switch:
1. Hemp seeds could help balance fatty acids
Hemp seeds are extremely rich in healthy fats. In fact, they have approximately a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (this ratio is considered excellent in the world of health and nutrition).
Fatty acids affect your immune system a great deal. Your immune system depends on having a healthy omega-6 to omega-3 balance.
2. Hemp seeds could help aid digestion
While de-hulled or shelled hemp seeds contain little amounts of fibre, whole seeds contain extremely high amounts. As you probably know, fibre is an essential part of your diet in terms of digestive health. But, just in case, we’ll break it down for you:
There are two types of fibre – soluble and non-soluble. Soluble fibre forms a gel-like substance in the stomach, which provides nutrients for digestive bacteria. It can also help reduce spikes in blood sugar and cholesterol.
Non-soluble fibre can help food and waste pass through the stomach.
3. Hemps seeds could help control PMS and menopause symptoms
Most women suffer from symptoms caused by PMS – whether physical or mental. Symptoms can include cramping, mood swings, and in some cases, even mental health ailments. Studies show that many of these symptoms are likely caused by sensitivity to a hormone called prolactin. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) is an element found in hemp seeds that can actually reduce the effects of prolactin (this is because GLA produces something called prostaglandin E1).
While there is still much research to be done on the topic, several studied have stated that GLA could help regulate hormone imbalances and inflammation tied to PMS and menopause.
4. Hemp seeds are simple and versatile
It’s fairly simple to add hemp into your diet. With many pre-made hemp snacks on the market (such as hemp heart bites, salted hemp seeds, hemp protein powders and more) it’s very easy to enjoy hemp products without changing your regular routine.
You can also purchase seeds that can be sprinkled on foods like salad, yogurt or oatmeal. They can also be incorporated into most cooking and baking (or, if you’re really dedicated, eaten by the spoonful!).
5. Hemp seeds could reduce risk of heart disease
Did you know that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide? Nearly 1 in every 4 deaths is a result of heart disease.
The good news? Hemp seeds could help! Hemp seeds are a high source of arginine (an amino acid that produces nitric oxide in the body, and in turn helping blood vessels dilate) and gamma-linolenic acid (which can reduce inflammation).
6. Hemp seeds are filled with nutrients
The bottom line is, hemp seeds are filled with all sorts of healthy nutrients that our body thrives off of. Whether you suffer from one of the ailments above, or are looking for ways to keep healthy and happy in general, adding hemp to your diet could be just the solution.
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