Hemp Seeds Aren’t Just for Hipsters Anymore and Are Going Mainstream

When you hear people talk about hemp seeds, the first things that come to most people’s minds are drugs, marijuana, dope, addiction, or things deemed negative by society. Well, that is still true, but nowadays, the way some people look at hemp seeds is changing.

People are starting to recognize the positive things these seeds bring about, not just the negative. A few people are open to the idea, while some are still weary about trying out these seeds.

Of course, people have the right to their opinions. The right thing to do is do thorough research on certain products, and then decide for yourself.

So if you want to learn more about hemp seeds and both the positive as well as the negative aspects of this, then read on to find out more.

Hemp Seeds: An Introduction

Hemp seeds come from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Yes, from the same species as marijuana. But don’t you worry. These seeds only contain trace amounts of THC. This is the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana.

Hemp seeds are considered the most nutritious seeds in the world. They have been used for thousands of years as a source of fiber, edible oil, lubricant, fuel, and edible seeds.

These seeds can also be pressed and made into hemp oil. Plenty of products make use of hemp oil, like cleaning products, body care products, building materials, health food, textiles, and plastics.

In the United States, hemp has a long history of use. However, since the 1950s, it’s been closely associated with marijuana. Since then, it’s been labeled as more or less the same thing. That’s why it has such a negative connotation.

But plenty of research shows that when THC is not smoked, it has a number of health benefits. And its advantages far outweigh its disadvantages.

What’s in Hemp?

Believe it or not, hemp seeds contain a whole lot of nutrients. It contains 20 different varieties of amino acids and possesses all 9 essential amino acids. Take note that these include the amino acids our bodies can’t produce. The seeds also have antioxidants, easily digested proteins, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), chlorophyll, and fiber.

They have the minerals magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, sulfur, copper, phosphorus, potassium. And for the vitamin content, hemp seeds have B1, B2, B6, D, and E.

Hemp Seed Benefits

Now many may still seem wary about these seeds. But really, they offer more advantages than you think. Here are some benefits that will change your mind.

Skin Health

Hemp oil is better in improving your complexion. This oil penetrates the inner layers of your skin and promotes healthy cell growth. This leads to smooth, supple, and soft skin. Applying oil to skin affected with eczema works as well. Hemp oil also relieves dry skin, reduces the need for skin medication, and improves itchiness.

The essential fatty acids in hemp seeds also help prevent saggy skin due to aging. They also make sure your skin is properly moisturized.

Stress and Anxiety Soother

There are plenty of nutrients in hemp that decrease stress and anxiety. For one, magnesium supports the neurotransmitter function in the brain. This significantly reduces stress and anxiety.

The amino acids present provide energy to the body. Keep in mind that if the body lacks amino acids, this produces large amounts of stress hormones.

And finally, vitamin B regulates stress hormones produced. This maintains the homeostasis of both the brain and the body.

Weight Loss

I’m sure most of you don’t know that hemp is a natural appetite suppressant. It helps to make you feel full for a longer period of time, and it also reduces sugar cravings. This is because of the fiber in hemp, which promotes satiety, thus aiding in weight loss.

The protein and fat content in these seeds also help with weight loss. These are slow-digesting nutrients that also promote satiety.

And since hemp boosts the body’s metabolism, excess calories are burned off effectively.

Better Digestion

Hemp is high in both insoluble and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to fecal matter. This helps both food and waste to pass through the gut. What soluble fiber does is it provides necessary nutrients for the digestive bacteria in the gut.

High-fiber foods, like hemp, also relieve constipation. Hemp protein is also easily digested, not giving you any trouble at all.

PMS and Menopause Relief

Prolactin is a hormone that cause the physical and emotional symptoms women feel during PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Fortunately, the GLA in hemp seeds produces prostaglandin E1. This effectively reduces the painful effects of prolactin.

GLA also helps decrease breast pain and tenderness, fluid retention, irritability, and depression. In addition, it also helps regulate the hormone imbalances and inflammation associated with menopause.

Cancer Prevention

According to the British Journal of Cancer shows that THC in hemp seeds can possibly reverse a deadly form of brain cancer.Another study also shows that THC also improves breast cancer in advanced stages. And yet another study proves that cannabinoids from these seeds inhibit cancer growth and metastasis, particularly in lung cancer.

Heart Health

These helpful seeds possess arginine. This produces nitric oxide, which can dilate blood vessels and decrease hypertension. In addition, an increase in the intake of arginine decreases levels of C-reactive protein. This is a marker for systemic inflammation known in heart disease.

Eating food high in fiber also lowers your risk of heart disease and decreases high blood pressure.

Arthritis and Joint Pain Relief

There are a number of studies that show that the regular intake of hemp seed oil (one tablespoon a day) will gradually relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. This oil lowers the survival rate of MH7A rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synovial cells. It can even promote cell death.

The GLA in hemp seeds also reduce inflammation in the body. Take note that inflammation is one of the main reasons of joint pain and arthritis. This acid also decreases the strain on joints and the pain specific limbs experience.

Hemp Seed Cons

These little seeds are known to have a high amount of calories. They are made up of about 45 percent fat. Two tablespoons of the seeds contain around 9 grams of fat and 100 calories. The more hemp seeds you add to your meals, the more calories your body will take in.

In addition, hemp seeds are quite oily and contain a high amount of polyunsaturated fat. And when you add any kind of fat to your daily diet, there is always that possibility of getting mild diarrhea. Fortunately, this can be alleviated by adding these seeds in very small amounts. Then you can gradually increase your daily consumption.

Also, hemp seeds have a very low amount of leucine. This is the amino acid responsible for signaling the body to start up the building up of muscles. So if you want to bulk up your muscles, relying heavily on hemp to provide you with your protein is discouraged.

Of course, to be sure, make sure to consult with your primary physician first before adding hemp to your daily diet.

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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