Hemp Seeds and their Benefits to Health
Hemp seeds are the seeds of Cannavis sativa, which are of the same species as cannabis or marijuana. However, it only contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. What most people aren’t aware of is that hemp seeds can be highly nutritious.
The following are the most crucial benefits to health that hemp seeds have to offer:
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Hemp seeds have high amounts of amino acid arginine, which is utilized by the body to make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, a gas molecule, promotes blood vessel dilation and relaxation, leading to lower blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease. A large study of over 13,000 participants revealed that increased arginine intake caused decreased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. CRP is an inflammatory marker associated with heart conditions. Found in hemp seeds is gamma-linoleic acid as well, a substance that is known to ease inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Management of Skin Disorders
Fatty acids have a positive effect on immune response of the body, and hemp seeds contain great amounts of essential and polyunsaturated fatty acids. In many studies, people with eczema were given hemp seed oil, leading to a noticeable improvement in their skin conditions. Hemp has also been found to relieve skin dryness and itch, as well as lessen the need for skin medication.
Control of Menopause and PMS Symptoms
Women of reproductive age often suffer from emotional or physical symptoms brought on by premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In most cases, PMS is due to sensitivity to the prolactin hormone. Hemp seeds have abundant supplies of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which produces the prolactin-countering prostaglandin E1. Additionally, with hemp seeds’ very high GLA levels, research has indicated that they can even control symptoms of menopause. It is unknown how exactly this works, but some studies have hinted that hemp seeds’ GLA helps maintain hormonal balance and prevents inflammation that comes with menopause.
We all know that fiber is an important part of the diet mainly because of its ability to promote better digestion. Hemp seeds are particularly abundant in both the soluble and insoluble varieties. Soluble fiber, with the gel-like substance it produces in the stomach, provides important nutrients for the stomach’s helpful digestive bacteria and helps regulate sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood. On the other hand, insoluble fiber stuffs up feces and helps promote normal bowel movement. In addition, insoluble fiber consumption is associated with reduced diabetes risks.
Hemp seeds haven’t been popular until recently, but they’re actually an old staple food that is rich in healthy fats, many minerals and high-quality protein. Hemp seed shells do contain THC in trace amounts, but they are healthy overall and certainly worthy of their popularity as a superfood.