Hemp seeds are as or more nutritious than chia and linseed, for example. Some studies conducted by health experts confirm their properties in the prevention of heart disease, osteoporosis, lowering of cholesterol, high blood pressure and symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Little popular in Brazil, hemp seed is widely consumed abroad, mainly because of its nutritional capacity, high fiber content and vegetable proteins.
What is hemp?
Hemp seeds come from the same cannabis species, Cannabis sativa, which is the marijuana plant, but there is a primary difference between them: the amount of THC in its composition.
The differences between hemp and marijuana
THC is the compound found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for its psychoactive properties. When we refer to hemp, we are talking about the plant that has a tiny amount of this compound, less than 0.3%, while marijuana has high amounts of this substance.
Hemp as food
The plant cultivated as food has very low doses of THC, the psychoactive compound of marijuana, with about 0.001% in its composition. This means that in no way can the hemp seed have any undesirable effect on the user.
Benefits of Hemp Seed
1. Rich in nutrients
Hemp seeds happen to be abundant in various nutrients essential for our health. Almost 30% of it is made up of fat, but it is a good fat, rich in omega 3 and omega 6. Omega 3 is an essential compound for our health and helps reduce inflammation, which contributes to the prevention of heart disease, besides reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure.
2. Reduces the risk of heart disease
Not surprisingly, heart disease is the biggest concern of the world’s population, as these are the diseases that kill the most around the world. Hemp seed has distinct properties that help prevent and reduce the risks of heart disease.
By consuming the seed, you ingest a high content of an amino acid called arginine, known to have properties that help in the production of nitric oxide in our body. This oxide is a molecular gas that helps dilate blood vessels, helping to lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of heart disease related to high blood pressure.
3. Skin health
The presence of fatty acids in the composition of the hemp seed is very beneficial for those who have skin problems like eczema.
In one study, researchers induced people with eczema to consume hemp oil, derived from the Marijuana Seeds online. Experts confirm that raising the level of fatty acids in the blood of these patients has contributed to the relief of some symptoms such as dry skin, itching and decreased consumption of medicines for the skin.
4. Source of vegetable protein
Hemp seed is able to have even more protein per gram than flax seed and chia, known for their high protein content. Vegetable protein produces the same effects in our body as animal protein, with the advantage of being even healthier.