They are one of the very few plant proteins that is complete, meaning that they contain all of the amino acids, including the ones our bodies can’t make themselves.
Hemp seeds contain both vitamins and minerals essential for good overall health.
- Vitamin A – Supports eye, hair, skin and immune function
- Vitamin B1 – Supports nervous system and brain development
- Vitamin B2 – Supports healthy eyes and skin
- Vitamin B3 – Improves digestion
- Vitamin B5 – Assists liver in metabolizing toxins
- Vitamin B6 – Helps form red blood cells
- Vitamin D – Strengthens bones and helps utilize calcium
- Vitamin E – Boosts metabolism and supports hair, nail, and skin health
- Calcium – Supports healthy bone development
- Iron – Helps the blood carry oxygen
- Magnesium – Supports muscles function, plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism
- Manganese – Supports healthy sugar metabolism, antioxidant properties
- Phosphorus – Balances acid/base in the body, helps build bones
- Potassium – Balances sodium in the body, helps regulate fluids in the body
- Zinc – Supports nerve and muscle function, keeps copper in balance
One of the best hemp seeds benefits is the GLA. GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is an amazing fatty acid that can help regulate hormones by supporting prostaglandin production. Getting enough GLA in the diet is also shown to fend off diseases such as diabetic neuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, and breast cancer. Hemp seeds actually have an ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids (3:1), and GLA is the best omega 6 fatty acid to consume.
Hemp seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.
- Insoluble fiber helps keep the digestive tract moving smoothly and controls the pH of the intestines which helps avoid colon cancer and constipation.
- Soluble fiber is helpful in regulating blood sugar levels and can help control “bad” cholesterol. The fiber in hemp seeds helps to curb sugar craving and general hunger.
Truth is, hemp is an entirely different plant (but from the same family) and has less than .3% THC (compared to 5-10% in marijuana).