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Why You Should be Eating Hemp Seeds Right Now

A pile of hemp seeds with a spoon in them. They are very healthy for you and a spoonful can do a world of good.
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Why You Should be Eating Hemp Seeds Right Now

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Laozi

Hemp seeds are best known for their omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Animal sources of omega-3 are salmon and sardines; vegetarian sources include walnuts, flaxseed and our dear hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain a precursor omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid, ALA) that the body converts into EPA and DHA.

“EPA and DHA are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function, blood clotting and cell growth as well as components of cell membranes,” says nutrition and wellness expert Dr. Weil. Omega-3 is only found in a few foods and since the body does not produce it, it is essential to consume these items for optimal health.

By contrast, omega-6 fatty acids are found in numerous items, most notably refined vegetable oils, including soy or corn oil, the foundation of most processed foods. While not unhealthy in small doses, the overwhelming amount of omega-6 in our diet throws the body out of balance and has the opposite effect of omega-3, increasing inflammation and putting the body at risk for other health issues.

While it may make sense to just avoid omega-6 altogether and simply strive for omega-3s, it is ideal to find the right balance of the two. Hemp seeds have a 3:1 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which is believed to be the ideal. In addition to this already stellar profile, hemp contains Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This helpful fatty acid assists in maintaining bone health and regulating metabolism.

Ever questioned a vegetarian about where they get protein? The answer may be hemp seeds. Comprised of a whopping 20-25 percent protein per seed, just three tablespoons contain 10 highly digestible grams. Sprinkle hemp seeds over every meal and you’ll have the protein equivalent of a cup of black beans or a serving of chicken.

Finally, hemp contains 6 percent of your daily value of fiber and 20 percent of your iron in just two tablespoons. This powerful little seed packs a nutritional punch and tastes fantastic. Similar to a cashew in its smooth texture, hemp seeds are a fantastic addition to smoothies, oatmeal, cereals, pastas and even sandwiches. Pick some up for a ridiculously easy way to improve your health.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Gale Bolduc

    February 12, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Would Like To Know Where To Get The Hemp seeds
    Thank You

    • paul smith

      February 18, 2014 at 12:28 am

      pet shop

  2. Gilbert Fausto

    February 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Good stuffl

  3. Richard Rose

    February 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    You conflated shelled hempseed with “hemp seeds,” which is technically the whole seed used for planting. By all means, eat shelled hempseed but avoid whole hempseed for food. Development of shelling hempseed in the late 90s was the most important factor for its use as human food in its 12,000+ year history in culture. Shelling increases nutrition by 30%, and increases palatability exponentially. Note that shelled hempseed is actually more like 30% protein, and is complete highly-digestible albumin and edestin protein. And gluten-free.

    • C

      February 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Where can you purchase the seeds to eat and does it contain any of the hemp oil? Would the seeds help with cancer? Thanks.

  4. Gilbert Fausto

    February 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Really good info

  5. Veronica coleck

    February 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Where do u get hemp seeds

    • timmy

      February 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Order them from amazon.com

    • Tina

      March 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      You can buy hemp seeds at your local grocery store or health food store

  6. patricia

    February 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I have smoked for its pain releaving properties for years switching back and fourth. Between conventional meds. for years and always coming back because the others never gave as long lasting results of pain relief.

  7. cliff hampton

    February 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    always been a fan.. more to it than known I think researchers should go at it fo r everyones benifit pain killer .muscle relaxer . antidepresant. mood stabilizer. sleep aid and many others im sure get real with it

  8. Kris Harris

    February 8, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Can I grow them

  9. Jessenia Colon

    February 8, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Good morning. I read your articles all the time and was intrigued by this one today. But I have a few questions…
    I was always told that seeds were bad? But now I’m confused??? Are seeds not good smoked but good eaten? And should they be crushed or just chewed? Also if smoking with roll-ups makes my throat hurt, would you recommend using a pipe? Or can smoking in general be harmful? Please send me a reply!!

    • Chrissy

      February 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I would recommend using a glass pipe, NO LIGHTERS! Butane is bad for you and people dont realize how much of the butane they inhale when smoking cigarettes or anything else with a lighter.. HEMP WICK! its cheap, natural, and clean burning and not bad for you id you cant find it in your local tobacco shop, You can find it online ( i will post a link for reference) its water proof and in a pinch it can be used as kindling for fire, candle wicks and lots of other things too. and seeds taste disgusting when smoked and all the beneficial properties are burned away, find a way to eat them.

  10. Archie McManus

    February 8, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I live In Louisiana, is it possible to get these edible seeds for our consumption. Also I have chronic neck & back pain, numbness & tingling in my arms to my fingers,& my legs to my feet. I take a cocktail of pain meds 3 times daily for the pain,& more meds @night to help me get some sleep. Do y’all offer a natural or holistic way to manage symptoms,& am I able to buy & have it shipped to me. Thanks for any help.

    • Tina

      March 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Go to your local grocery store….I get them from wal mart….pretty cheap too

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