Hemp seeds are an excellent source of protein, needed fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, hemp seeds also contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including: vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B-6, folate, zine, and iron.
In addition, hemp seeds have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that reducing inflammation can help manage chronic diseases like metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and fatty liver disease (non-alcohol related). Inflammation is linked in all major diseases, so reducing or keeping inflammation down can help everyone feel better.
Hemp seeds are also good for the heart in 3 ways.
- As we discussed before, omega-3 fatty acids helps protect the heart and hemp seeds are an excellent source. In addition, their ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is at a very healthy level.
- Inside the seeds is also found high levels of the amino acid arginine which turns to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps keep blood vessel walls smooth and elastic because it is essential for dilating the arteries and veins.
- Hemp seeds can help lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure reduces your risk of heart failure.
This is just a few of the many benefits of hemp seeds. Grab a bag and blend them in your favorite smoothie, toss them on top of salad, or eat the raw. There are numerous possibilities.