10 Health benefits of Hemp seeds
Even though hemp seeds do come from a plant of the same family as marijuana and they have been banned in some countries, don’t let that worry you, because the amount of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, contained in the seeds is so small that it wouldn’t even show up on a standard test. Hemp seeds are, in fact, a very nutritious food and here are ten of the health benefits that you can gain by adding hemp seeds to your diet:
1. They are a rich source of fibre
A single serving of hemp seeds, about three tablespoons, will provide you with 7 grams of fibre, which helps to remove cholesterol from your body and keep your blood sugar levels stable.
2. They are easily digested
Hemp seeds are one of the easiest healthy seeds and nuts to digest and they do not cause excess gas or bloating.
3. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids
Three tablespoons of hemp seeds provide the same amount of omega-3 fatty acids, as taking tow fish oil supplement capsules, so they make a great source of the heart friendly fatty acids for vegans.
4. They are a fantastic source of complete proteins
Hemp seeds are the only, non-animal, source of what is known as complete protein, which contain eight essential amino acids. A single serving of hemp seeds will provide you with the equivalent of over 10 grams of complete protein.
5. They can ease arthritis and joint pain
In a study, conducted by the journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, researchers found that eating hemp seeds reduced arthritis symptoms by up to 25%.
6. They can help aid weight loss
Some experts recommend that, if you add 3-4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast cereal, it will help to reduce sugar cravings and suppress your appetite. Hemp seeds are known to be a natural appetite suppressor and the effect will last throughout an entire day.
7. They help build lean muscle
One of the biggest challenges in weight loss is to lose fat, but gain lean muscle at the same time. Hemp seeds provide the double benefit of reducing your appetite while still providing the protein needed to build new muscle, and hemp seed powder is often used as a supplement by body builders.
8. They help reduce anxiety and stress
Hemp seeds are rich in magnesium and other minerals and vitamins that can boost brain functions and reduce stress and anxiety. In fact, a portion of 1 ounce (28 grams) of hemp seeds will provide you with 300 mg of magnesium, which is about 75% of your total daily recommended intake of the mineral.
9. They are good for the complexion
Eating hemp seeds can reduce acne and keep your skin young and fresh looking. They contain a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the skin and reduce inflammation and plenty of protein to promote new skin cell growth.
10. They can help to prevent cancer
There have been a big number of various studies that have shown that hemp seeds can help prevent and slow the progress of cancer and it is believed that hemp seeds could form the part of a healthy, cancer preventing, diet.
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