Hemp seed benefits are many, they have an excellent nutritional profile, and are a sustainable and affordable source of protein. For a long time, the value of hemp seeds as part of a healthy balanced diet has gone unnoticed due to their origin, the Cannabis plant.
Although marijuana comes from the same plant, hemp seeds only contain a trace amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and they will not get you high. In fact, hemp seeds are safe and very healthy to eat.
Up until late 2017 Hemp Seeds were still banned for human consumption in Australia – but now that has changed, and you will start to see them on every hipster café menu …. especially those targeted towards plant-based eating.
The nutritional profile of hemp seeds is excellent – containing all 9 of the essential amino acids that we must eat in our diet – they are an excellent “complete” protein. They are extremely beneficial for people following a plant-based diet.
They also contain an excellent balance of essential fatty acids that are important for hormonal health and cardiovascular health. Specifically, they contain a high level of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) – a necessary building block for some prostaglandins — hormone-like chemicals in the body that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and are vital to other body functions. Due to their rich essential fatty acid profile, they are also an excellent inclusion in the diet for those with skin-related issues such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
If you are keen to try them I suggest starting with the hemps seeds – enjoy !
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I am a passionate and realistic qualified nutritionist and a high-quality athlete. I love food and exercise and supporting my clients to achieve their goals and optimum performance.
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