Hemp seeds are considered to be a superfood, as well as giving meals unique texture, they have rich nutritional profile and provide a range of health benefits. Although hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant, they do not produce a mind-altering effect and is relative low on THC compared to Cannabis.
Hemp seeds are a high on fat with over 30% fat in 100grams. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3 in ratio 3:1 which is consider to be in the normal range.
Protein content is one of their strong side as well, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein. These seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they provide all nine essential amino acids. That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds. The seeds contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine, which produces nitric oxide, a gas molecule that makes your blood vessels expand and relax, leading to lowered blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease. It is a preferred food for vegetarians and vegans as they also need to incorporate complete proteins in their diet.
Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. By adding four tablespoons of the seeds to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger. This is partly due to the fiber in hemp seeds, which promotes satiety and in turn aids weight loss.
Hemp seed benefits for skin and hair go a long way in improving dry, red, flaking skin. Hemp oil is mostly used in high-end cosmetic products, included in lip balsams, lotions and soaps. The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth. It is still an undergoing study about the effects of hemp seed oil on dermatitis, or eczema, a skin condition that causes inflammation and dry skin, found that peoples’ symptoms improved with the use of the oil.