Hemp seeds are high in nutritional value and contain 20 different varieties of amino acids and all of the 9 essential amino acids (like flax). Hemp seeds can supply the body with essential amino acids that are not naturally produced by the body.
Health benefits of hemp seeds
Hemp seeds add a nutritional boost to individuals suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Hemp seeds also strengthen the immune system and lower levels of inflammation. The high fiber content of hemp seeds, helps excrete toxins from the body while reducing bloating and stomach gas.
Are hemp seeds a good source of protein?
Hemp seeds contain high amounts of protein which helps strengthen the immune system, thus reducing the risk of developing disease and inflammation. Hemp seed protein is easy to digest. This is extremely beneficial for vegetarians and vegans who want an alternative to soy. Soy contains a high percentage of phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient that often prevents the body from absorbing minerals.
Health benefits of hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil is an ideal oil. It contains a significant amount of nutritious polyunsaturated fats and an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. This perfect ratio helps protect the cardiovascular (heart) system.
Consuming hemp seed oil offers an excellent way to incorporate hemp seeds into your diet. Hemp seed oil can be mixed with breads and salads or eaten plain. Hemp seed oil can be used as an ointment to regenerate and nourish the skin.
If you have time consider making your own hemp seed oil. Making hemp seed oil at home allows you to eliminate commercial additives that are usually added to products bought in a grocery store.
Buying, storing and using hemp seeds
When buying hemp seeds, look for shelled hemp seeds in the refrigerated section of a natural food store. The oils in hemp seeds can quickly go rancid, it is important to be kept in a cool, dry place and use quickly. Heating (cooking) hemp seeds is not recommended. Heat will destroy the nutritional benefits of the fatty acids, so add hemp seeds to foods after cooking.