There are several myths around Hemp seeds, which have given this wonder seed a bad image. The idea that hemp seeds contain large amounts of THC and have psychoactive elements just as recreational marijuana had been ingrained into everyone’s mind due to its association with cannabis. Hemp seeds are the seeds that grow on hemp plants/cannabis sativa, and although marijuana and hemp seeds come from the same plant species, their compositions are different in various ways.
As we move towards a more open-minded food style, we’ve learnt that hemp seeds do not contain any amount of psychotropic properties. In fact, it’s one the healthiest type of seeds to enjoy. It’s a rich source of protein, fiber, plus essential vitamins and minerals. This great ingredient has 0.3% of THC and actually provides more health benefits than any other type of seed.
Although this superfood is so high in its nutritional value that many places have still banned its use. Luckily, India believes in the Ayurvedic and natural properties that hemp seeds provide us with, therefore, it’s a big part of our foods as well as medicine.
Reduce PMS and cramps
PMS and cramps are a big part of every woman's life. The emotional and physical turmoil can’t be avoided and puts a hindrance in daily life activities. It is believed that these symptoms are the due to a sensitivity of the prolactin hormone. Hemp seeds contain the essential fatty acids (GLA) that help relieve the sensitivity caused by that hormone, thus, reducing the effects that PMS and cramps have on our body.
Hemp seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, enhanced by the presence of omega-3 and GLA present in its composition. The reduction of inflammation helps fight off many chronic diseases like heart diseases, arthritis, and fatty liver disease.
A perk of including this in your diet is that it helps you lose weight. As hemp seeds are rich in fiber, they make you feel full for longer and diminish your sugar cravings. Having these protein-rich seeds every morning can help you feel full throughout the day so you don’t end up overeating during meals.
The anti-inflammatory properties present in the seeds help treat eczema as well as reduce acne. Other than that, hemp seeds also contain loads of omega-3 and 6, which helps improve the skin health by making it more moisturized and strengthening it against the environmental factors.
Since it’s a rice source of fiber, hemp seeds also improve your digestive health. The high-fiber seeds are helpful in ameliorating the gastrointestinal system of your body and relieving constipation.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
The plant-based protein along with fiber and healthy fats of the hemp seeds keep your heart healthy and working smoothly. The omega-3 and 9 reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
Along with the omega-9, hemp seeds are also rich in magnesium and Vitamin B which play an important role in relieving stress. They alleviate stress hormones and enhance the mood drastically.
Preserve brain function
Hemp seeds have neuroprotective properties that help preserve the brain functions and protects against neurodegeneration. It can help reduce the risks of multiple neurological diseases like brain tumours, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, migraines, etc.
Courtesy Recipes - Times of India