Hemp seed is one of the most nutritious foods

Hemp seeds have incredible health benefits. I love hemp products, as they are more natural, hemp can be used in beauty, fabric and textiles. If you’re looking for a versatile superfood with a ton of benefits then this might be the thing for you.

In Australia, hemp seeds can now legally be sold as a food for human consumption and one of the other ways I like using it is a combination of almond and hemp butter. If you want to know about the benefits of hemp seeds and my special hemp seed tabouli recipe and video check out it below.

hemp seed infographicHemp seed contains a lot of nutrients and it has a number of health benefits, I love adding it to my breakfast in salads, smoothies and dips.

Top Benefits of Hemp Seed

1. High Protein Content

Hemp seed is a complete source of protein, containing all the essential amino acids, making it a good source of protein for vegans (1).

Best of all, it is very easy to digest, needing less digestive energy than animal protein sources and other seeds, nuts and legumes (3).

2. Essential Fatty Acids

Hemp seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. The omega-6 to the omega-3 ratio in hemp seed is 3:1.

According to scientific studies, the ratio of the two EFAs should never exceed 4:1. The essential fatty acids reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and remove cellular build-up in the arteries, and that way promote heart health (1).

3. Heart Health Support

Hemp seeds prevent heart disease through a number of mechanisms.

It contains the amino acids arginine which produces nitric oxide which making blood vessels dilate and relax. This helps to lower blood pressure and preventing heart disease. Also, the gamma-linolenic acid contained in hemp seeds has been linked to reduced inflammation which may reduce the development of heart disease (2).

4. Vitamins and Minerals

Hemp seeds contain Vitamin E, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc and iron.

5. Phytosterols

Hemp seeds contain phytosterols which reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Eaten plain or as seed cakes or they can be added to salads and bread. Hemp seed can be ground into hemp flour if you have a high-end blender. You can then use this for baking. It’s great if you are gluten-intolerant as an alternative to flour.

6. PMS and Menopause

By eating Hemp seeds regularly you can reduce the symptoms of menopause and PMS. Because of the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) high amounts of fatty acids. By regular consumption of hemp seeds, it can boost your immune system, help regulate hormones and inflammation n turn reduce these PMS and menopause symptoms (3).

7. Hemp Beauty

Hemp oil is great to include as part of your beauty routine. Using hemp oil can help with the protective layer of the skin due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

Hemp oil has a similar composition to your skin lipids, making it perfect as a wonderful natural moisturiser. It’s highly moisturising and if you have sensitive skin this might be the one for you. You can also use it as a nourishing nail oil massaging it into your cuticles.

My Hemp Seed Tabouli Recipe

Hemp Seed Tabouli Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 cups flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 2 TBSP cup olive oil
  • Pinch Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • Love

Optional

  • 1/2 chopped apple
  • handful pistachios nuts chopped

Follow the video chop all the ingredients and add to a bowl. A good time to eat this meal is spring as parsley is in season, which is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron.

For more delicious lunchtime recipe ideas check out my other recipes

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What about Hemp Seed Oil?

Besides hemp seeds, you can also get hemp seed oil. Some people take a tablespoon a day to boost their immune system.

How do you make hemp oil?

Hemp seeds can be pressed into a high-quality polyunsaturated oil. Getting the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be tricky for vegetarians and vegans and hemp oil can help. 

The oil can be eaten plain or added to salads or used in smoothies. It’s healthy as the essential fatty acids are necessary for a healthy cell membrane structure. 

You can also use hemp oil directly as an insect repellant and you can also mix it with essential oils if you want to make it a bit fancier.

Just remember for good quality hemp seed oil should be in the fridge and kept in there to keep the potency high.

References

1. Elias V., Hemp Seeds Health Benefits, https://www.leaf.tv/articles/hemp-seed-health-benefits/?ref=Track2&utm_source=IACB2C

2. Chang C.S. et al, Gamma-Linolenic Acid Inhibits Inflammatory Responses By Regulating NF-Kappab And AP-1 Activation In Lipopolysaccharide-Induced RAW 264.7 Macrophages. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19842026

3. Bjarnadottir A., 6 Evedence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds, https://authoritynutrition.com/6-health-benefits-of-hemp-seeds/

 

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