Short Course on Seeds – Covering The Basics
Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are the seeds of Cannavis sativa, which are of the same species as cannabis or marijuana. However, it has very little amounts of THC, the compound in marijuana that has psychoactive effects. What only few people know is that hemp seeds can be exceptionally nutritious.
Here are the most important health benefits that come with hemp seeds:
Better Cardiovascular Health
Hemp seeds are abundant in amino acid arginine, which is used by the body to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that has a dilating and relaxing effect on blood vessels, which means it helps maintain healthy blood pressure and prevent heart disease. In a large study with more than 13,000 participants, higher arginine intake led to lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. CRP is an inflammatory marker released by the liver and associated with heart disease. Hemp seeds also contain gamma-linoleic acid, which is linked to reduced inflammation and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Skin Disorder Management
Fatty acids have an influence over the body’s immune responses, and hemp seeds provide a generous supply of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. In many studies, people with eczema were given hemp seed oil, leading to a noticeable improvement in their skin conditions. Skin dryness and itch can also be relieved by hemp, and there is less need for conventional skin medication.
Control of Menopause and PMS Symptoms
Physical and emotional symptoms, collectively known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), are very common among women of reproductive age. This is generally because of sensitivity to the hormone, prolactin. Hemp seeds have abundant supplies of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which produces the prolactin-countering prostaglandin E1. Additionally, with hemp seeds’ very high GLA levels, research has indicated that they can even control symptoms of menopause. It is unknown how exactly this works, but some studies have hinted that hemp seeds’ GLA helps maintain hormonal balance and prevents inflammation that comes with menopause.
With its digestion-improving properties, fiber is a well-known requirement in a healthy diet. Hemp seeds are an exceptional source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber, with the gel-like substance it produces in the stomach, provides important nutrients for the stomach’s helpful digestive bacteria and helps regulate sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood. On the other hand, insoluble fiber stuffs up feces and helps promote normal bowel movement. Additionally, insoluble fiber has been associated with lower diabetes risks.
While hemp seeds have only become popular recently, they are actually an old staple food that offers lots of healthy fats and minerals and high-quality protein. Hemp seed shells do have trace amounts of THC, but they are overall healthy and highly worthy of their reputation as a superfood.