Guest Post by Sasha de Beausset, B.A., M.Sc.
Hemp is no longer just for making environmentally friendly paper and fabrics. The seeds from the plant are actually very healthy for you!
Hemp seeds, which come from the Cannabis sativa plant, are indeed relatives of the plant marijuana comes from, but the chemical composition of the two is extremely different. So, there is no risk of you experiencing any psychoactive effects.
Hemp and the rest of the Cannabis genus are native to the Asian subcontinent but its production has spread all over the world because of its diverse commercial and medical applications, among others.
Recently, hemp seeds have gained popularity because of their powerful and diverse nutritional properties.
Here are 3 health benefits of hemp seeds:
1. Great Source of Vegetarian Protein
About 25% of hemp seed calories come from protein, and a high quality form of protein at that. It has more protein than most other seeds by weight. Although hemp seeds are not a complete protein, you can combine it with other nuts, seeds, and grains to complete your protein requirements. One unique aspect of hemp seeds that makes them great for a vegetarian diet is that they contain a full amino acid profile, which supports muscle growth and repair.
2. Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 for Heart, Brain, and Skin Health
These polyunsaturated omega fatty acids are known to be linked to a range of health benefits, including promoting heart and brain health. In the western diet, we tend to consume an unbalanced proportion of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids, but hemp seeds contain the ideal 2:1 to 3:1 ratio. Additionally, some studies show that prescribing dietary hemp seed oil to people with dry skin may help to reduce itchiness, and even the need for other forms of medication.
3. May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Hemp seeds contain many components that may help to support heart health. In addition to containing important fatty acids as mentioned above, they also contain fiber and a significant amounts of the amino acid arginine, which is believed to help decrease the inflammatory marker linked to heart disease.
Overall, hemp seeds are packed with nutrition, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and several micronutrients and other healthy compounds. Hemp seeds might not be part of your diet already, but above are three reasons why you might want to start sprinkling them on your salads, stirring into oatmeal, or start using The Natural Citizen’s Organic Protein blend which is loaded with clean organic hemp seed protein.