Technically a Nut!
Hemp seeds are technically a nut. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has tried them as they do have a mild nutty flavour.
And no, you can’t get ‘high’ from eating hemp seeds or taking hemp seed oil as it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis.
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Hemp seeds are often referred to as hemp hearts which is quite fitting as they are excellent for heart health. They are a great source of arginine and gamma-lindenic acid (GLA).
GLA, an omega-6 fatty acid, may help with:
- brain function
- reproductive health
- skeletal health
Loaded with Vitamins & Minerals
Hemp seeds are a great source of:
- vitamin E
Whole hemp seeds also aid digestion as they are a great source of soluble and insoluble fibre.
Hemp seeds are a complete protein source as they contain all nine (9) essential amino acids that we can only get from food.
There are few complete plant based proteins, Quinoa is another.
Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil may help with skin disorders such as eczema and acne.
Our immune systems relies on a balance of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and hemp seeds and their oil contain both.
Polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids have been known to help with inflammation, so hemp oil may relieve dry skin and reduce itchiness.
How do you Eat Hemp Seeds?
So how do you add hemp seeds and hemp seed oil to your diet to ensure you get the maximum benefit of this superfood?
You can add raw hemp seeds to your:
- quinoa flake oatmeal
- chia seed pudding
- mug cakes
- acai bowl
- nourish bowl
- pasta sauce
- spread in sandwiches
You can also use hemp seed oil as a moisturizer and take it orally. If taking orally start with a small dose – 1/2 a teaspoon – and work up to 2 teaspoons daily.
Don’t Forget Your Pets!
Not only may hemp seed oil reduce your inflammation, it may also hemp your best friend.
Adding hemp seeds and / or hemp seed oil to your diet may help with any inflammation and ailments you have. It may also help your heart health.
What have you got to lose?
If you come up with some other interesting ways to add hemp seeds / hemp seed oil to your diet, please share your ideas in the comments below.
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