12 Amazing Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

BY Elisha McFarland TIMEJuly 9, 2017 PRINT

If you aren’t already enjoying hemp seeds as a regular part of your diet, you might want to give them a try. These tiny seeds have a wonderfully creamy, nutty taste and are extremely versatile. They can be enjoyed in cereals, granola, salad dressings, desserts and make a great dairy-free milk.

Hemp seeds are a source of easily digestible proteins and are perfectly balanced with a three to one omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. They also contain gamma linolenic acid (GLA), essential amino acids, antioxidants, calcium, carotene, chlorophyll, copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, phospholipids, phosphorous, phytosterols, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, and zinc.

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Protein These tiny seeds contain 20 known amino acids, including 9 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce, which makes hemp a complete protein. They also contain phytosterols which support heart health. Adding 2 Tablespoons to your diet can provide 24% of your daily requirement for protein. Adding 3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds to a smoothie or salad adds 10 grams of protein to your meal.

Cancer Fighter – This article in the British Journal of Cancer shares information regarding the ability of THC in hemp to potentially reverse glioblastoma multiforme, a form of brain cancer. The Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment validates THC’s ability to improve even advanced stages of breast cancer.

Minerals – Hemp seeds are rich with minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 actions in the body.

Heart Health – Hemp seeds are a heart healthy food. Clinical studies show hemp seeds ability to positively influence and lower the risk of heart disease.

Fiber – The Dietary Recommendations is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Most Americans lack fiber in their diet. 3 Tablespoons of hemp seed equal 1 gram of fiber. Adding more fiber to your diet will help to keep your bowels moving and prevent constipation.

High in Calories – Hemp seed offers a concentrated source of calories. Three Tablespoons offer 170 calories, great news for those who are looking to gain healthy weight.

Eczema – Hemp oil is very nourishing for your hair, skin and nails. Researchers found that patients with dry skin and inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema had improved skin with the use of this rich oil.

Reduces Inflammation – According to research, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fats that reduce inflammation. Consuming these healthy fats may reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis, as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Brain Food – Omega-3 fatty acids are found in concentrated amounts in the brain, and can play an important role in improving cognition and memory.

GLA – Hemp seeds contain Omega 6 GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA offers numerous health benefits such as supporting healthy hair, skin and nails, lowering bad LDL cholesterol, supports a healthy metabolism and helps to facilitate the body’s ability to burn fat. GLA also reduces the body’s tendency towards general inflammation.

Anti-arthritic – Research has shown that hemp has anti-arthritic benefits which can be beneficial to individuals who suffer with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.

Weight Loss Help – Hemp seed are high in fiber and can help you feel full longer, as well as reduce sugar cravings. Feeling full can help you avoid snacking in between meals and aid in weight loss.

Adding Hemp Seed to Your Diet

Adding hemp seed can be as simple as adding hemp seeds to your smoothie, sprinkling it on your granola, or adding to your bread or muffins. If you’re looking to take it a step further check out six quick and easy recipes on

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After sixteen years of struggling with MCS, Elisha McFarland recovered her health through alternative and natural healing methods. It was this experience that encouraged her to pursue an education in natural health. She has the following designations: Doctor of Naturopathy, Master Herbalist, D.A. Hom., B.S. in Holistic Nutrition, Certified Wholistic Rejuvenist and EFT-ADV.
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