Hemp is thought to have originated in the Himalayas. It was first planted in North America in 1606 by a French Botanist and became essential to new immigrants as a food and as textile. It is actually a variety of Cannabis plant, but has very low to no traces of THC. Because of their incredible nutritional make up they are often referred to as one of ‘nature’s perfect foods’.
Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids ! This makes them an excellent plant-source of protein and for use in protein powders. Plus, they won’t give you the same bloating and/or gas that sometimes comes with eating whey protein. For vegans, vegetarians, paleo-dieters and really for anyone, hemp seeds are a superior form of protein. Hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of enzymes, fatty acids and vitamins of any seed.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp seeds are a rich source of essential fatty acids. According to Dr. Mercola, they contain more of these fatty acids than any fish and most fish oil supplements. Essential fatty acids are important for battling inflammation, improving brain health and function, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing risk of heart disease and also maintaining high energy levels.
Hair, Skin and Nails
Hemp seeds are one of the only natural sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to be beneficial for hair, skin and nails. You can find hemp seed oil in a number of natural hair products. The benefits will show when used both internally and externally, so be sure to incorporate hemp seed oil into your diet!
GLA is also important for proper hormone health. Many women who suffer from extreme PMS symptoms have reported relief when supplementing with hemp seed oil.
Their fatty acids make them great for heart and cardiovascular health. Studies have shown them potentially beneficial to those with heart disease.
According to Dr. Axe there was a study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism that found consuming hemp seeds lowered arthritis symptoms by up to 25%.
Hemp seeds have been shown to help suppress appetite and combat sugar cravings.
According to LeafScience.com hemp seeds have been found to have all the following properties: