I know there's a lot of misconception out there about Hemp and its seeds.
So let's take today and break it down. Because Hemp seeds are one of my favorite foods.
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the hemp plant called Cannabis "sativa". Now . . . they are a close cousin of the species known as Cannabis (marijuana) BUT . . . a very different variety. One of the biggest differences is that Cannabis "sativa" or Hemp seed doesn't contain enough THC to even come close to registering on any THC testing scale. Meaning this is NOT a CBD!!!!!
Okay . . . now that we've got that out of the way . . . Hemp seed is a great source of "plant-based protein". In fact . . . it's better than protein from many grains, nuts and legumes. And unlike most plant-based proteins sources, hemp seeds contain all the "essential amino acids" making it a "Complete Protein". Hemp seeds are rich in Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids (with the correct ratio). You can purchase Hemp milk or hemp protein powder which are great for sprinkling on cereal as well as using in a smoothie. And with a balanced Omega ratio . . . this in turn helps to balance and correct the immune system.
Hemp seeds also contain "gamma-linolenic acid" which has been linked to several health benefits and a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. Which we've spoken about how important all of these are in previous Health tips.
And remember the Health Tip about "nitric oxide"? . . . Well . . these seeds contain high amount of the amino acid "arginine" which produces nitric oxide in the body.
Okay . . . now for the 80% of women of reproductive age . . . that may suffer from physical or emotional symptoms caused by PMS. These symptoms are very likely caused by sensitivity to the hormone "prolactin". And guess what? . . . "gamma-linolenic acid" that we just spoke of in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin which "reduces" the effects of "prolactin".
Hemp seed contains a small amount of complex carbohydrates, which release glucose (remember that's sugar we can't live without) slowly into the bloodstream that "prevents" blood sugar "spikes" and subsequent 'crashes". Therefore . . . it can "boost " your energy.
They're packed full of fiber, which is great for keeping you nice and full for hours. Therefore, reducing your appetite.
And if you're one of the many people that don't get enough "iron" . . . consuming hemp seeds is a great way to counteract or prevent that condition.
And finally . . . Hemp seeds are very high in "magnesium, which is a mineral that naturally calms the body and relaxes muscles as we've spoken about many times in previous Health tips. Well . . . hemp seeds also promote a good night sleep.
So try one of my favorites today.
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