Hemp Seeds: A Superfood You Need In Your Diet


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hemp_seedsHemp seeds are becoming a very popular superfood among health conscious people. Whether you eat them plain, in cereals, snack bars, shakes or in oil form, they pack a big nutritional punch that should put hemp seeds in everyones diet.

Essential Fatty Acids
Hemp seeds are made up of 24% protein, include the full range of amino acids and contain a perfect a balance of Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs. EFAs include omega-3 and omega-6, both help us keep a strong and healthy immune system and are responsible for shiny healthy looking skin, hair and nails. In fact, just 2 weeks of 1-2 tablespoons a day of hemp oil will drastically improve the appearance of your skin. For breastfeeding mothers, the EFAs from hemp can be a big help in replenishing the 11 grams of EFAs that are pulled from the mother daily through breastfeeding. The extra EFAs needs to come from a food source as the body does not replenish them on its own.

Amino Acids
Hemp seeds contain all of the 21 known amino acids. Below is a list of each amino acid. in bold you will find the 8 essential amino acids.

  • alanine
  • arginine
  • aspargine
  • aspartic acid
  • cysteine
  • glutamic acid
  • glutamine
  • glycine
  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • alanine
  • arginine
  • aspargine
  • aspartic acid
  • cysteine
  • glutamic acid
  • glutamine
  • glycine
  • histidine
  • isoleucine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • methionine
  • phenylalanine
  • proline
  • serine
  • taurine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • tyrosine
  • valine
  • taurine (considered essential for premature babies)
  • histidine (considered essential for children, but not for adults)

Protein
Hemp seeds are composed of over 30% pure protein, making them a great daily source of healthy protein. The protein found in hemp is high-quality edestin and albumin, making them the highest vegan source of this simple protein that’s required for proper immune system function. Hemp protein contains live and intact enzymes which make them easily digestible proteins that easily assimilate into the body. This is also a great alternative if you are allergic to other forms of protein found in dairy or soy. Hemp seeds are also an excellent source of gamma linoleic and stearidonic acid which can be therapeutic for a number of conditions like eczema, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and more.

Below is a comparison of the amounts of protein found in each popular source of protein.

Soybeans 35.0%
Hemp seed shelled 31.0%
Hamburger beef 27.1%
Blue fish 26.0%
Cheddar cheese 23.5%
Chicken 23.5%
Hempseed — whole 23.0%
Almonds 18.3%
Wheat flour 13.3%
Egg 12.0%
Tofu 08.0%
Rice 07.5%
Skimmed milk 03.7%

 

Fiber and Carbs
The hemp seed is composed of 40 percent fiber which is the highest amount of any grain this planet has to offer. Hemp seeds are comprised of 27% carbohydrates, almost all of which is in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber with a 4-to-1 ratio of insoluble to soluble. Soluble fiber is effective in slowing glucose absorption, slowing gastric emptying and increasing the excretion of bile acid, which helps to lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the body. Insoluble fiber is effective for healthy movement of food through our digestive system. This helps to keep our bowel movements regular as well. Adding hemp seeds to your daily diet will also lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Hemp seeds also contain disease-fighting phytosterols. Studies have shown that hemp seeds, or even hemp milk, may prevent heart disease, many forms of cancer, as well as inflammation-based diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

How can you eat hemp seeds?
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk, made into tea, and used in baking. You can also find hemp seed oil which  results from grounding the seed into oil form. This can replace olive oils in salads and other dressings. There are a number of products at health food stores that contain hemp seeds. Next time you are there, check out for cold and hot cereals, bars, bulk raw seeds, oils, milks and butters!

Sources:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/gamma-linolenic-000305.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/217904-hemp-seeds-health-benefits-or-hype/#ixzz2ML3kMtze

http://www.hempfoods.com.au/


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  1. is hemp oil readily available in the store

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  2. Valentin

    just stupid when you are machinist like me… if you eat hemp seeds… drug test gonna be positive and the job is gone…

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    • You won’t test positive for drugs as hemp contains no THC

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    • Mark Davison

      No my friend there is no THC in a seed you would be safe from any sort of pee test or blood test! The plant only produces THC during the flowering cycle! SO you are safe!

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    • Vaarmaps

      Do you think that in seeds and its products is any trace of THC? I think that eating hemp seed is nothing to do with being high on weed. Tests Negative

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    • There is no THC in hemp seeds. You won’t test positive.

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      • Chris

        You will if they test for cannabinoids…

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    • Rono

      There is no way to get high from hemp, nor drop positive for THC when consuming hemp. Marijuana? That’s a different story.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSKJrgGqx_E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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    • Jourdan

      That is a misconception, hemp has no cannabinoids.

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      • - Collective Evolution

        Hey, I believe you might be confusing cannabinoids with THC. Hemp does in fact contain cannabinoids and this is why they are so often used to cure illness. Cannabinoids are great for regenerating the immune system. THC however, is found in hemp but in a much smaller percentage. For the plant to be considered hemp, the strain must have less than.3% THC.

        • Rono

          Agreed! And actually less than that. Around .002%

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  3. Dottie

    The seeds grown for hemp foods come from non-drug plants. The amounts of THC, if any, contained in the residue surrounding the seeds, are so infinitesimally small that they could not cause a person to test positive on any test for THC.

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  4. yes you can buy hemp oil in stores. I use both it and hemp seed for fibromyalgia and arthritis.

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  5. Teal

    hahaha so wierd i bought a bag of hemp seeds yesterday and was eating them as this came up in my news feed just then. They’re so good though :)

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  6. Mark

    ‘just wondering about a couple of points in the article. The hempseeds that I can purchase at my local “Sprouts” store have been assaulted so that they can not be grown. That, obviously, removes their ability to be sprouted. Does it also take away any of these beneficial properties discussed in this article? I’m all for decriminalization and, to me, it looks like we’re headed in that direction in the very near future, barring and challenges to that by the corporatocracy that exists.

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  7. Nathan Healey Sen

    Illegal in New Zealand

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    • And Australia – we share the same Food Standards Board.
      Actually, I believe NZ politicians were happy to let it be approved but PM Gillard is not a fan, so it remains illegal to consume Hemp Seeds & oil etc in our part of the world. Not even allowed to disclose the nutritional content. (I sell it online)

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      • G’day. Has she actually said she isn’t a fan? Did see the article getting around online about the independent candidate up on the sunshine coast who wants to piss off all the cane sugar and plant hemp instead?

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  8. Ms. Brown

    I’d like to share this article but it seems to contradict itself when in the beginning it says, “Hemp seeds are made up of 24% protein”, and later says, “Hemp seeds are composed of over 30% pure protein”. Which is it? (granted, either is awesome) But this discounts credibility.

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    • Neil Armstrong

      Read it again! the difference is between shelled & whole!!

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    • If you look at the chart below the article you will see why It’s diffrent if they are shelled or whole

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    • Cezar P

      Ms. Brown, I believe the discrepancy lies in not the amount of protein but instead in which kind of seed it is measured. Notice that the protein content breakdown list shows that the shelled seeds contain 30% and that whole seeds contain 24% protein. I imagine that the shell gives the seed more mass to take in consideration and that’s why the percentage drops. Nevertheless I agree the article should have been worded more carefully. Hope this helps. :)

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    • Aman deep

      i like

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  9. We would Love to take care of all your hemp seed needs.

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    • Jessica

      Where do you guys sell to? Thanks

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  10. Lilly

    does this hemp oil what they selling in shops cure cancer, please?

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  11. Good ideas, but your article loses validity when it is a grammar train wreck (run-on sentences, missing commas, and missing capitalization at the beginning of sentences.) Just saying. This makes readers wonder what else you missed in the content.

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    • Riesling

      Intelligent people have the ability to apprehend the message, even with missing commas and without wasting time on bitchy, useless comments, Cornflake.

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    • HobNobby

      In the list of amino acids, they repeated the first 12 of them, also. I agree that although some might see this as nit-picking, shoddy editing work makes one wonder at the level of research integrity.

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  12. These little seeds go excellent on top of salads :)

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  13. hello Joe Martino
    i just started taking 3 tablespoons of Hemp oil per day i was woundering if you can answer 1 question……Does hemp oil that i bought at the health food store really sure lung cancer? thanks Joe

    Mike Webb

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    • Jennifer Quijano

      I’m not Joe, but my father just passed away from cancer. I wish I had started him on it sooner, but you should definitely try The one-minute cure the secret to healing virtually all disease. No I do not endorse this, and this is not a commercial! It is a regiment of drinking hydrogen peroxide (food grade) that has helped me a lo. I have fatty liver disease and many other ailments. Try it please. It is very interesting. The author of this short read is Madison Cavanaugh. Good luck!

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    • - Collective Evolution

      Hey, the hemp oil at health food stores can help make the body healthier, but taken as the only means to help cure cancer is not ideal. Eating raw cannabis can have better results for that but it is recommended that you consult doctors who focus on this as each situation is unique. If you need a name of one for consultation, I can provide that for you.

      Peace!

  14. I like the idear of the hemp oil or seeds to promote good health. but I suffer from sever chronic pain and live in Massachutes USA and would like to find a way that I can get a script or Doctor whocan help me get the smoke because it realy helps with the pain ., Can you help?

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  15. sarah

    Is it ok for breastfeeding woman?

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    • Sam

      “For breastfeeding mothers, the EFAs from hemp can be a big help in replenishing the 11 grams of EFAs that are pulled from the mother daily through breastfeeding. The extra EFAs needs to come from a food source as the body does not replenish them on its own.”

      This is probably one of the very best foods you could eat while breastfeeding nutrition wise, all the essential amino acids and all the essential fatty acids in the seeds will be of great benefit for your baby and his/her growing body and brain.

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    • Tbird

      I’m sure it’s fine for breastfeeding, it’s sold in grocery stores and doesn’t contain THC. I eat it daily!

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    • - Collective Evolution

      Good question, I’m not sure you’ll have to look into that :)

  16. Yes I agree… excellent for brain development and so many other things . We have been suppling breast feeding and pregnat women ( and all other humans and animals ) with freash Australian grown cold pressed hemp seed oil for 25 years here in Victoria , Australia. greenhemp.com

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  17. I have been supplying hemp seed oil wihout THC for 25 years . Interestingly , There has been cases of people being tested positive THC after eating hempseed oil as the seed was not properly washed before cold pressing . It is correct to say there is no THC in the seed , but THC can be found on the outside of the hull. Be careful where you get your oil from .

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    • breezy

      The THC is the best part – promotes healing, not to mention other unstudied cannaboids.

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