Have you been hearing lots about hemp? The new superfood! Check out what all the fuss is about, and what’s in a daily dose of hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds have been utilised in traditional medicine for thousands of years and are gaining popularity as a superfood, rapidly making their way into homes and recipes now that their consumption is legal in Australia.
Hemp seeds are considered one of the most nutritionally complete food sources due to their impressive nutritional content. Adding hemp seeds to your daily diet will significantly increase your intake of the following nutrients:
An essential contributor to optimal gut function, dietary fibre helps to improve digestion and regulate bowel movements. The fibre content in hemp seeds also makes them great for weight loss as it helps to curb cravings and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
Hemp seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre can reduce the absorption of bad cholesterol and keep your blood sugar stable, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Insoluble fibre prevents constipation and keeps you regular.
Hemp is one of the best plant-based sources of protein, containing all 20 amino acids including the nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce itself. Amino acids give structure to cells, form muscles and tissue and are vital to our biological processes.
Hemp seeds contain the globular proteins Edestin and Albumin which closely resemble the body’s own globular proteins. Edestin protein, which can only be found in hemp seeds, produces antibodies which are vital to maintaining a strong immune system.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
The body needs a daily supply of fresh Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to rebuild the cells that it replaces every day. The human body can’t make Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) or Omega-6 Linolenic acid (LA) so it must be obtained through the food we eat. The right ratio of Omega 3 and 6 protects cell membrane and at a 3:1 ratio hemp seeds contain a near perfect balance of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 play a crucial role in energy and protein metabolism, brain development, immune and nervous system function and maintaining proper blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Hemp seeds are rich in Omega-6 Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) which acts as a hormone regulator for the thyroid and pancreas. It alleviates the effects of hormone imbalance and menopause and rebalances hormones so that the body functions at its best.
One of the most superior plant based sources of magnesium is hemp seeds. Magnesium helps with the absorption of other vitamins and is needed for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. This includes muscle and nerve function, nervous system regulation, energy production, normalising blood pressure and regulating heart rhythm.
The most important function of iron is its role in the formation of haemoglobin and red blood cell production. Haemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs throughout the body.
Organs require oxygen to function, therefore iron directly benefits brain function because the brain uses roughly 20% of the oxygen in our bloodstream. Proper oxygenation of the brain can help with neurotransmitter synthesis and to stimulate cognitive activity, preventing cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits of iron include muscle health, body temperature regulation and eliminating chronic fatigue.
Hemp seeds are a great source of zinc, especially for vegans. The body requires small amounts of zinc every day for proper growth and maintenance. It supports immune system health, assists with blood clotting and wound healing, hormone balance and thyroid function.
Zinc benefits reproductive health and positively impacts both women’s and men’s fertility.
It contributes to semen and testosterone production in men and helps women’s ovulation and the growth and maturation of eggs.
Best known for its antioxidant properties and benefits to the skin and hair, Vitamin E is also an anti-inflammatory and enhances immune system function. It protects cells from free radicals and may block the formation of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Article by Our resident blogger, Dana Marinac.
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