We hear all this buzz about hemp but what does all of it mean? We are inundated with information about SUPER FOODS! How do we differentiate and choose just ONE or even a couple SUPER foods to add into our diet? Which is most important for me and why? Its all very confusing to navigate and understand all of the information we are given.
I really enjoy learning about foods and the impact they have on the body. I’ve also tried to alleviate natural symptoms that I’ve had just through normal everyday mental stress, physical stress on the body and natural hormonal side effects. I have really taken the time to go through the benefits of some specific super foods that I choose to incorporate into my diet. Through my own testing and trial and error, I’ve found a few that I use and would like to share to hopefully help others. Today, I will focus on Hemp Seeds.
Hemp seeds are high in nutritional value and contain 20 different varieties of amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids. What’s the deal with all of these amino acids? What do they actually do? Why do we need them? Some essential amino acids can’t be naturally produced by the body and we don’t always produce all essential amino acids. Therefore, we need to supplement through food or other supplementation. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary amounts of amino acids the body needs. Eating hemp seeds could also aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. How great is that?
Hemp seeds also contain high amounts of protein. This helps to strengthen the immune system, thereby, reducing the instances of diseases, besides helping in excreting toxins from the body. The question then becomes why choose hemp over other foods with amino acids? There is no other food that contains the high level quantities of essential fatty acids found in hemp seeds. Even flaxseed and other nut or seed oil, that contain very high amounts of vitamin E and other minerals does not compare. It has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fatt around a three to one ratio.
You can consume hemp seeds in a variety of ways and its probably the easiest to sprinkle on your food, blend into your protein shakes or smoothies and bake with them. I LOVE having the shelled hemp seeds on hand in a small container and I sprinkle a small tablespoon on my oatmeal or toast in the morning. I also sprinkle into my homemade granola or topping for my smoothies. It adds some texture and you don’t really even taste them.
Hemp seeds has no known side effects when consuming them. However, you should always remember that excess of anything is bad, so make sure that you consume just enough to keep your body healthy. Cheers to your health and taking great care of your body!