What Are Hemp Seeds?
Hemp “seeds”, which are actually a simple dried fruit with a hard shell, are a nutty food source considered by leading researchers to be one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet. Proponents claim that out of the 3 million plus edible plants that grow on this planet, no other single plant source can compare with the nutritional value of hemp seeds. They are an excellent vegan source of protein and offer many other health benefits as well. Some of these benefits include:
- A healthy, anti-inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fat. In addition, hemp seeds contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA (gamma linolenic acid). GLA is a direct building block of good anti-inflammatory hormones. Unfortunately, this special omega-6 fat is not typically found in foods (in fact I think hemp seeds are the only edible food source of GLA.)
- Provide all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce
- A superior source of vegetarian protein that is considered to be easily digestible and does not contain any known allergens
- A rich source of disease-fighting, plant-based phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants, such as vitamin E, which help protect your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, and organs
- Contain more polyunsaturated essential fatty acids than any other known source in nature, including flax.