Hemp seed is one of the ironies of nature. Its link to cannabis sativa plant, which is where it derives, has provided a baffling yet interesting fact about this ‘superfood’ that scientists and health advocates have equivocally claimed.
Contemporarily, the American Chemical Society published findings on the beneficial properties of hemp seed as food and medicine. And what we have learned proves that there is more to hemp seed that many should know about.
Hemp is still part of cannabis sativa, the plant that has gained notoriety because of cannabinoids, the compound from its flowers and leaves that when consumed recreationally, they provide the psychedelic experience.
But we can’t set aside the wondrous qualities that the hemp plant provides to humans. Hemp seed is just one of those that cannabis delivers as a plant, which ironically has had legal limitations and prohibitions to its cultivation.
We know for a fact that research is still evolving and we can’t wait to see and learn on how beneficial hemp seed is. But luckily for us, we have the following 5 benefits of hemp seed that you can consume with certain indulgence and gratitude as you know more about cannabis.
1. Hemp seed has been used as food and medicine for thousands of years.
The Asians have been experimenting on plants for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Aside from the elixir qualities of ginseng, the ancient Chinese have also been consuming hemp seed as food.
The Chinese has had history of consuming hemp seed similar to rice, which is of course, a staple food among Asians.
2. It is great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Consuming hemp seed is an indulgent experience, which could also help in digestion. As a source of fiber, the seed may aid in attaining digestive balance.
As a source of vitamins A, C and E, hemp seed is definitely one of the significant antioxidants. It contains tocopherol, which helps in combating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis. It also has phytol content, an anticancer property.
Aside from vitamins, hemp seed is also rich in minerals, including potassium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, calcium. It has modest levels of iron and zinc.
3. It helps fight bad cholesterol.
You surely have to know this especially for those with high levels of bad cholesterol.
Studies have found out that hemp seed can break down cholesterol. And by doing that,it helps in alleviating problems cause by bad cholesterol such as blood clotting.
4. It is good for the skin.
If you have atopic dermatitis, which is the clinical term of eczema, then a consumption of hemp seed and even applying hemp seed oil can bring the skin cure.
Hemp seed is a abundant is polyunsaturated fatty acids. And since we’re mentioning about fatty acids, the break down of this property includes omega-3 and omega-6.
5. Hemp seed prevents heart disease.
If you sum up the nutrients including the fatty acids contained in hemp seed, the viable thing that would come up to your mind is that it really is a great source of preventing heart disease.
A study concluded that hempseed may provide relevant protection against stroke and other heart diseases.
High level contents of α-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fat) in hempseed “may have favorable nutritional implications and beneficial physiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer,” as concluded by the American Chemical Society.