What are Hemp Seeds anyway?
Hemp seeds –aka Hemp Hearts- are tiny seeds derived from the hemp plant, otherwise called Cannabis Sativa. Hemp seeds, which technically happen to be categorised under nuts are tiny, crunchy, brown coloured seeds which are safe to consume, barring traces of a psychotropic chemical called THC. THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the infamous euphoria. Unbelievable as it sounds, the seeds have a soft, creamy filling which tastes nutty and is eaten raw.
Hemp, an extremely beneficial plant which can be converted into fibres, oil, wax, cloth and even fuel is actually not as popular and acceptable by the masses due to the fact that it comes from cannabis’ plant. However, popularly unknown is the fact that hemp seeds that are sold for consumption have less than 0.5% THC and are safe to eat.
Lets talks Nutrition
Hemp seed is used all around so widely due to its availability, sustainability, versatility, and health benefits. What makes hemp seeds so beneficial, however, are its latent nutrients and chemicals including zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, fibre and iron. A total of twenty-one amino acids, (including the 9 essential amino acids) can wholly found in these tiny seeds making it a complete protein.
This seed is very beneficial in treating many conditions. This is due to the presence of various nutrients in it. Let us look at the benefits in detail below:
Better Heart Health
Hemp seeds maintain a balance of cholesterol/ fatty acids in the body; recommended by the dieticians to be consumed in the ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 omega-6 fatty acid to omega-3 fatty acid. Hemp seeds happen to be the only seeds in the entire world (discovered so far) to have this balance present naturally. Another unique characteristic found in hemp seeds is the presence of gamma-linoleic acid aka GLA; a rare form of omega-6 fatty acid not easily found in edible sources. Cardiovascular conditions and negative cholesterol are known to be healed by virtue of GLA.
Monitors Digestive Health
Due to the abundance of soluble fibres and well as insoluble fibres, particularly in the ratio of 4:1, hemp seeds catalyse the digestion process, ensuring swift digestion and excretion in the body. Insoluble fibre bulks up the waste, easing the passage through the digestive tract, eliminating the symptoms constipation. Soluble fibre, on the other hand, slows down the glucose absorption process, thereby increasing the digestive and gastric juices, easing the bowel movement.
Hemp seeds have a very high mineral substance, including magnesium, which makes an extremely alleviating and unwinding sensation all through the body. Magnesium has different stimulating characteristics on proteins and hormones that induce sleep. Serotonin is released when magnesium is regulated, and it goes to the cerebrum, where it ends up in a converted form to melatonin. Melatonin is a capable tranquillizer, and sleep-deprived patients have frequently guaranteed that magnesium supplementation is the reason. Normal hemp seed contains magnesium enough for half a day; also enough to get you sleeping like a baby.
Due to the presence of calcium, hemp seeds also help repair the damaged bone matter. The amount of calcium that a body can derive from these seeds by direct consumption or in the form of oil can reduce the chances of developing osteoporosis in menopausal women.
One of the alternate minerals that can be found in hemp seed is iron, the cardinal role player for platelet development in the human body. Iron deficiency in the body can cause anaemia. However, ensuring an intake of iron from foods like hemp seed can help avoid the condition which can otherwise be fatal, causing fatigue, headaches, muscle shortcoming, and an extensive variety of different manifestations.
Aids Weight Loss
Because of the low levels of sodium and calories and also being a complete protein on its own, hemp can eat in large quantities without fearing a weight gain. The proteins in hem give you a sensation of being full because all of the necessary amino acids have been taken in. This, in turn, reduces the state of overeating and weight gain; the fibres also ensure good digestion and fast passage of bowels, which can aid weight loss.
Boosts Muscle Mass
8 of the essential amino acids that cannot be made by the human body are found in hemp. These acids are cardinal for the creation of new tissues in the body and strengthening of muscle mass and density; all possible with the consumption of the seeds.
Phenolic compounds can be traced in hemp seed and hemp seed oil which essentially are and powerful antioxidants, known to prevent various types of cancer by eliminating free radicals. The presence of free radicals in the body is not a healthy sign as these are the toxic by-products of cellular metabolism and can gravely cause harm to the otherwise healthy cells by mutating their DNA into cancerous cells.
This one’s a no-brainer; with the presence of so many nutrients, vitamins, fibre and even the phenolic compounds, hemp seeds have enough nutrients to supply to a human body and even defend the body against serious health conditions.
Checks Hormonal Imbalance
Gamma Linoleic found in hemp seeds, as pointed earlier, check the hormones for thyroid and pancreas, thereby reducing the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance which can cause mood swings, depression and anxiety.
Take note, however: Hemp seeds are not known to have any allergic reactions but since they come from the cannabis plant, the residual of THC can be found on the seeds; causing a feeling being high. The ‘high’ in question is not harmful but can be a little uncomfortable if it comes as a surprise; also why hemp seeds are banned/restricted in many countries.