Hemp seeds are hailed by many as a super food, but why..?
Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein as they provide all twenty known amino acids, and the nine essential amino acids, which our bodies can’t produce and must be found through diet.
Eating hemp seeds does not get you high.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins while fatty acids form triglycerides. Triglycerides are the main constituents of body fat and are also found in our blood.
Proteins are essential as a building block for body tissue and serving as a fuel source. A large portion of our cells, muscle and tissue is made up of amino acids. As a fuel, proteins provide as much energy density as carbohydrates.
Hemp seeds are especially rich in an amino acid called arginine, which benefits the heart, and methionine and cysteine which are vital in creating antioxidant enzymes. Hemp seeds are low in saturated fats and contain no trans-fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids are crucial for long term health, and the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are becoming increasingly well known.
Hemp seeds are high inalpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which supports the immune system and helps reduce inflammation.
Fibre – In the shell is better, but even without the shell, hemp seeds are a good source of fibre. Fibre is great for gut health, managing weight and keeping our blood sugar levels stabilised.
Vitamins & Minerals – Hemp seeds contain an impressive array of vitamins and minerals and are especially rich in vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. They are also a good source of iron, zinc, and B vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B-6 and folate.
With a nearly perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, iron and all the essential amino acids, hemp seeds would have to be one of, if not the most nutritionally complete food sources in the world.
Are hemp seeds really a super food..? We think so!!