Industrial hemp seeds for growing are a baby product of the hemp plant, and they are also known as hemp hearts. Hemp plant coupled with cannabis sativa, which commonly goes by the name marijuana belong to the same family.
However, they are two different plants owing to the fact that the THC levels are very minute in hemp seeds, unlike their marijuana counterparts. Consequently, consumption of hemp seeds does not result in the drug-like effects caused by cannabis sativa.
Hemp seeds are rich in nutrients and have an indulgent taste, making their incorporation into various meals a common place thing. They can be taken raw or alternatively cooked. Either way, they improve the nutritional value of meals. Oil extracted from hemp seeds has been used for medicinal purposes in many countries among them China and in countries that it is legal.
Hemp seeds are estimated to contain slightly above thirty percent of fats, including the linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. The former is a part of omega-6 fatty acid while the latter is a member of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, gamma-linoleic acids which are rich in numerous health advantages can be derived from the same hemp seeds.
The fatty acids obtained from hemp seeds and its oil play a part in boosting the immune system. This is achieved through regulating the balance between the omega-6 fatty acids on one side and the omega-3 fatty acids on the other. Ideally, the effective ratio lies between 3 parts of the former and 1 part of the latter.
On average, 30 grams of hemp seeds give rise to about 2 to 3 tablespoons of proteins. Put differently, the seeds produce up to 11 grams of complete proteins given that the resulting proteins contain all the vital amino acids. Awkward, right? It is hard, almost illusive, to find all the vital amino acids needed by our bodies in plants. However, industrial hemp seeds are our knight in shining armors. The constituent amino acids derived from this seeds include quinoa, glutamic acids, methionine, arginine and cysteine. Strictly speaking, not even our bodies are capable of making these amino acids by themselves.
Besides the fats and amino acids, hemp seeds provides a number of minerals essential to our bodies including iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulphur. The magical seeds are also a good source of vitamin E which is a fat-soluble nutrient. The vitamins acts as an antioxidant, and aids in protecting body cells from damage brought about by free radicals. These are basically complex compounds resulting from the conversion of food into energy by the body.
Hemp seeds in effective digestion
Indigestion is one of the challenges facing the human digestive health, mainly due to lack of fiber in the body. Unshelled hemp seeds helping in going around this problem. This results from their rich content of both soluble and insoluble fiber which is higher in the whole seeds than the amount to be obtained from hemp hearts.
Insoluble fiber is instrumental in bulking up waste and plays a vital role in moving it around the digestive tract. It definitely is a boon to general human health since it is linked with negligible chances of ever developing diabetes.
On the other hand, soluble fiber is converted into a sticky substance during digestion that gives appropriate nourishment to good bacteria necessary to ensure a stable and friendly inner environment. Soluble fiber prevents rise in sugar levels and keeps the cholesterol levels of blood under checks and balances.
Heart health and the interlink with hemp seeds
As pointed out earlier, hemp seeds are a rich source of amino acids. A point in case is the presence of arginine. How is this amino acid effective, or what link does it have with the health of our hearts?
The amino acid is behind the production of nitric oxide in our bodies. Nitric oxide on the other hand is a gas molecule that relays signals that are vital for the relaxation and dilation of the human blood vessels. Relaxation of blood vessels leads to the consequent drop in blood pressure. The developing of a heart disease is linked to various risk factors, the most obvious being a rise in body blood pressure. Interestingly, lack of adequate nitric oxide exposes the body to a high blood pressure and therefore chances of contracting a heart disease.
On the other side of the coin, research has shown that high levels of arginine in the diet resulted in low amounts of C-reactive protein, an inflammation connected with heart disease. Besides high levels of arginine, the inflammation is also induced by gamma-linoleic acid. This was discussed above as one of the fats obtained from hemp seeds. The lower the levels of inflammation, the lower the chances of our bodies developing chronic illnesses.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause regulation.
Research carried out over the years has shown that premenstrual syndrome is brought about by sensitivity to a certain prolactin hormone. Hemp seeds, through the iconic gamma-linoleic acid, comes in to mitigate the syndrome. The fatty acid produces prostaglandin E-1 which is the substance responsible for reducing the effects of prolactin hormone. Consequently, this results in less breast pain and tenderness, low levels of fluid retention by their bodies and few feelings of irritability and depression.
The gamma-linoleic acid is also obtained from primrose oil and has been helpful to women who have experienced the premenstrual syndrome with little success coming from other therapies.
Other studies have shown that the great amounts of gamma-linoleic acid produced by hemp seeds is essential in keeping the symptoms of menopause on the low. This, it has been reported, is done through modulating the fluctuation of hormones and through reduction of inflammation as discussed above.
Finally, it is worth noting that hemp seeds have a positive impact on persons suffering from eczema. It brings about an improvement in the levels of fatty acids hence reduces itchiness and gives then a moist skin.
Over the years, hemp seeds for growing have been utilized for their nutritional benefits and are recently associated with health medication. Owing to their low levels of THC, they definitely pose no health risk but instead give a chance to be utilized as a powerful food. Addition of the seeds to the diet is something we should all contemplate, as we stand a chance to gain a lot from their proteins, minerals and fatty acids.