What Are the Benefits of Eating Hemp Seeds?


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The benefits of hemp include the fact that hemp seeds are high in eicosapentaenoic acid omega-3, and docosahexaenoic omega-6, and are an excellent protein source, and high in alpha linoleic acid and gamma linoleic acid. Furthermore, they are high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals.

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Western diets are overly high in omega-6 and too low in omega-3. Hemp seeds offer the perfect ratio of 3:1 omega-3 to omega-6 which helps reduce the risk of many chronic diseases in western societies, such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, autoimmune disorders and cancer. Hemp seeds have the full spectrum of 20 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids; essential being they cannot be made by the body and must be obtained through diet. These seeds are rich in gamma linoleic acid and alpha linoleic acid, and reduce inflammation of arthritis and joint pain. This in turn has reduced the use of NSAID in people with inflammatory conditions.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, aiding in colon cleansing and reducing sugar cravings. The high fiber and high protein benefits of these seeds acts as a natural appetite suppressant, and helps people feel fuller longer. Because hemp seeds are very low on the glycemic index they are effective at keeping blood sugar levels stable. They are a great source of vitamin E and essential minerals zinc, magnesium and iron.

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