Hemp seeds are small brown seeds that are linked with the cannabis family and people for a long time avoided them because of the species they belong to and thought them to be as powerful as cannabis or marijuana. However, these seeds are not harmful. On the contrary, these little seeds are a package that yields several health benefits. They are rich in protein, fibers, and good fatty acids.
Here are few of the health benefits that are linked to hemp seeds:
- Excellent source of protein
Hemp seeds are few of those sources from the plant, which provides a good amount of protein. A tablespoon of hemp seeds gives almost 10g of protein. They are said to be one of the best sources of proteins as they provide your body with all those kinds of amino acids that are there to make proteins.
People who observe a vegetarian diet should make hemp seeds a part of their diet as they are one of the few items from a plant that provide protein in good amount.
- Good for joint pain and arthritis
Arthritis can be one of the most painful condition as it affects all the joints of the body and hinders the day to day life. Hemp seeds are found to be beneficial for those who have arthritis and even rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition).
Consumption of hemp seeds or its oil can provide great relief as anti-arthritic properties are found in them. It also helps in reducing or killing the cells that might be causing rheumatoid.
- Rich in minerals and proteins
Hemp seeds are a good source of several minerals and vitamins. It has vitamin A which is good for your eyes, hair, skin and immune function. It also contains vitamin B1 that supports the nervous system and brain development and vitamin B3 is that helps with digestion.
Hemp seeds are also a good source of minerals such as calcium that helps in building strong bones along with vitamin D that assist in the absorption of calcium. It is also rich in magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
- Good for heart patients
Hemp seeds are found to be helpful for heart health too. They are said to have a special kind of amino acid called arginine that promotes heart health. Arginine produces nitric oxide, which helps in expanding arteries, which encourages better blood flow and reduces the chances of heart attack.
Furthermore, the seeds are rich in gamma-linolenic acids that are anti-inflammatory and are helpful in lessening the symptoms of heart disease. Apart from heart disease, it also reduces the chance of stroke, high blood pressure, and even helps in recovery,
- Good source of fiber
Fiber is an integral part in the diet as it helps in several ways including promotion of heart health and weight reduction. Hemp seeds are considered as the good source for fiber. Though the outer shell of hemp seeds are said to be a source of fiber, the inner content is also beneficial.
Hemp seeds reduce the appetite. This is the reason why it can be included in the diet as an appetite suppressant, which makes them good for maintaining weight. It helps in regulating the blood sugar levels and it further promotes good digestive health.
In addition to all these benefits, hemp seeds are helpful for premenstrual symptoms and are good for skin and nails. That is why it is good to make it a part of your daily routine and diet. You can sprinkle the seeds over your food especially on oatmeals in the morning. Alternatively, you can add hemp oil to your coffee, use it as a source of protein and make protein shakes or smoothies. Lastly, sprinkle them on the dough when you make pizza.