The hemp seed is a wonderful cell-building and nourishing food that has become a staple food in our diet. The hull is where the nutrition lies, and it is packed with it. Here is a quick rundown of it’s nutritional properties:
- Contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential and 2 semi-essential amino acids used to build all of the cells in the body.
- Nature’s most perfect balance of Omega-3, Omega-6 and GLA/SDA fatty acids. No other vegetable oil offers EFAs at such high and balanced concentrations. Unlike flax and fish oil, hemp has the ideal 3:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.
- Rich source of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, zinc, along with vitamins B1, B2, and B6.
Why do you need complete amino acids? Amino acids form protein, which your body needs to rebuild itself. Of the 20 amino acids, 9 cannot be produced in the human body therefore we must consume them. A complete source of amino acids is therefore necessary for daily repair and building new cells. Protein from animal flesh must first be broken down into the amino acids, and regrouped so to speak, by your body in its effort to make protein for rebuilding. Hemp protein however, is bioavailable, and immediately ready to benefit your cells.
Bioavailable means that your body can actually absorb the nutrients from what you feed it, and you get immediate benefit. Hemp seeds very easily digested and contain no allergens, so anybody can see a benefit from consuming them.
Why take Omega-3, Omega-6 and GLAL/SDA fatty aids? These are brain protectors, cardio protectors, keep you from depression, and even help with arthritis and more.
We recommend the whole food approach of organic nutrition found in hemp hearts. Add 2-3 tablespoons to your smoothie or daily salads, or even breakfast cereal topper for a nutritional boost to start your day. Try switching from cow milk to hemp milk in your baking to add extra nutrition to that next batch of muffins.
We recommend the Nutiva brand because the quality is always superb. Certified organic and non-GMO sets your mind at ease. The nutty flavour of the seeds lets you know that they are fresh. Because of the high oil content it is recommended to keep them refrigerated once the package has been opened. Hemp seed packs in the grocery stores tend to be overpriced. Since they are a staple food for us, we opt to buy a few pounds at a time from Amazon: