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Hemp seeds, or hemp hearts, are Cannabis seeds with trace amounts of THC. They taste nutty and can be pressed into an oil or eaten raw, cooked, or roasted. While consuming these seeds won’t result in any psychoactive effects, they will effectively boost your health. How?
Hemp seeds can improve your digestion.
These little seeds that are actually categorized as nuts can help with digestion because they provide a rich source of dietary fiber. Just make sure you’re buying the unhulled, whole variety so you get the full benefits of both insoluble and soluble fiber.
They are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
There’s a long list of health benefits associated with regularly consuming omega-3 fatty acids including a lower risk of depression, improved eye health, decreased risk factors for heart disease, and cancer prevention.
Together with omega-6s, these fatty acids can help fight inflammation and protect your immune system.
They can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Along with those heart-healthy omega-3s, hemp hearts also contain arginine, an amino acid that changes into nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide works to improve blood circulation and dilate and relax heart arteries. It has shown promise in reducing symptoms of clogged arteries, chest pain, and coronary artery disease.
They can enhance your skin health.
People suffering from dry, itchy skin and chronic eczema can find relief with hemp seed oil. Evidence has shown the essential fatty acids in the seeds can significantly reduce symptoms of skin disorders. To get these medicinal benefits, you can dose through dietary means or topically.
They provide a complete source of plant-based protein.
Hemp seeds are 25% protein. The benefits of this plant-based, complete protein are not reserved for vegetarians and vegans. Hemp hearts provide an easy-to-digest and affordable source of quality protein that everyone can enjoy in salads, baked goods, sauces, and smoothies.
Here are a few easy recipes to kickstart your love of hemp hearts:
Raw Hemp Seed Brownies from Running on Real Food
Feel Good Superfood Grain Bowl from Fooduzzi
Pumpkin Hemp Seed Granola by The Healthy Foodie