A handful of health benefits
These are the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa .
Unlike marijuana, this plant only has very trace traces of THC, the known psychoactive substance. It is therefore perfectly safe to consume hemp seeds. They have been used in Chinese food and medicine for over 3000 years. They are loaded with healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. And they are so tasty and soft!
Hemp seeds – a handful of nutrients
Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and have a very pleasant nutty flavor, not too sharp. It goes well with everything: yogurts, smoothies, salads, pasta, soups and can even be added to homemade bread and cakes!
They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, namely Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid) and vitamins such as vitamin A.
They are rich in high quality vegetable protein. In every 100g of hemp seeds, you will find 32g of protein.
Hemp seeds are also a source of minerals: magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, potassium and calcium.
Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids
Around a third of these seeds are made up of fat, being very rich in two essential fatty acids, Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid). These acids are present in a 3:1 ratio, which is the ideal proportion for the body. Essential fatty acids are called that because they cannot be produced by the body.
They have a fundamental role in the body as an anti-inflammatory function, are associated with the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system and the nervous system, improving learning, intellectual performance and vision (Omega-3).
Omega-6 complements the action of Omega-3. They are important in the growth and development of the organism. These fatty acids help to produce prostaglandin E1, which in turn contributes to reducing the effects of prolactin, reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (such as breast sensitivity, depression, irritability, fluid retention). They can also contribute to reducing the effects of menopause.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
Hemp seeds are a source of arginine and other amino acids
Arginine can contribute to increasing blood flow, increasing sports performance, having a positive impact in cases of erectile dysfunction and reducing blood pressure. It is important for the production of nitric oxide, an important neurotransmitter and stimulator of the immune response.
Other amino acids provided by hemp seeds are glutamic acid, methionine and cysteine.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of plant-based protein
The percentage of protein present in hemp seeds (32%) is similar to beef or lamb. It is also a very complete type of protein, as it provides all nine essential amino acids. The vast majority of plants that contain protein end up not meeting this requirement, making hemp seeds a very complete food (along with quinoa, which also contains very complete proteins).
Amino acids are the basis of any protein. They are not produced by our body, so we have to obtain them through food.
Around 25% of the calories present in hemp seeds are protein, a very high percentage.
These are also proteins that are very easy to digest, which is not the case, for example, with the proteins present in grains, nuts and legumes.
Proteins contribute to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass, as well as the maintenance of normal bones.
They are ideal for vegans, vegetarians or simply for people looking to reduce the consumption of meat in their diet.
Hemp seeds have a high iron content
Iron is an essential nutrient for our health. It contributes to normal cognitive function, normal energy-yielding metabolism, normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin and normal oxygen transport in the body. Iron also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system, to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and to the normal cell division process.
Hemp seeds are high in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium
In addition to iron, hemp seeds also have a high content of magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
In addition to several benefits in common with iron, these nutrients contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system, to normal psychological function, to normal muscular functioning, to the normal synthesis of proteins, to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and for maintaining normal blood pressure.
Hemp seeds are a good source of vitamin A
Hemp seeds have a high content of vitamin A. This vitamin, also known as retinol, contributes to normal iron metabolism, the maintenance of normal mucous membranes and the maintenance of normal skin. Vitamin A also contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and the normal functioning of the immune system.
Hemp seeds, a true superfood
Hemp seeds have been a common food and used daily in many societies for thousands of years, having arrived in the West relatively recently. Its richness in essential amino acids, combined with the quantity and quality of the protein it offers, makes hemp seeds a true superfood.
Their great versatility in consumption and excellent flavor make it very easy to integrate them into our diet. Föld Vital Hemp peeled hemp seeds have certified organic origin and undergo several quality controls before reaching you. The health benefits are more than many! What are you waiting for to try it?