The health benefits of hemp seeds

The health benefits of hemp seeds

  • The health benefits of hemp seeds are truly amazing.
  • Hemp comes from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is related, but not the same thing as the marijuana plant, as hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to produce a “high”. The seeds are packed with essential fatty acids, protein, and dietary fiber. 
  • Let’s take a look at the health benefits of hemp seeds:
  • Cholesterol health:
  • The essential fatty acids in hemp seeds are good for the heart. A 2006 study published in the Pakistan Journal of Nutrition states that the consumption of hemp seeds may be able to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and decrease LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids:
  • Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are healthy fats and are a very important part of a good diet. Omega-3s and omega-6 fatty acids are well known for their anti-inflammatory effects. The fatty acids are associated with preventing many chronic diseases including heart disease and some types of cancers.
  • High fiber content:
  • Hemp seeds are made up of 27 percent carbohydrates, most of them in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to slow down glucose absorption and increases bile acid. Insoluble fiber helps the digestive system by keeping things moving and making sure bowel movements stay regular. Including fiber in our daily diets can also help prevent heart disease.
  • Immune boosters:
  • Our immune systems need globulin proteins (immunoglobulin) in order to create antibodies for fighting viruses, bacteria, and toxins. According to, hemp seeds are one of the best plant sources of immunoglobulin. Including hemp seeds in our diets can help keep our immune systems working great.
  • Impressive protein content:
  • Hemp seeds are one of the only plant-based sources of complete proteins. The seeds contain all eight of the essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own, and needs to be ingested.
  • For omega-3s and heart health. 
  • For 12 tips to lower your cholesterol.
  • For more on omega-3s: Dr. William Sears: THE OMEGA-3 EFFECT “Everything You Need to Know About the Super nutrient for Living Longer, Happier, and Healthier”
  • Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.
  • 1. Karimi, Isaac, and Hossein Hayatghaibi. “Pakistan Journal of Nutrition.” N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.
  • 2. Osburn, Lynn. “HEMP SEED: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source In The World.” N.p., July-Aug. 1992. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.
  •  3. “Hemp (plant).” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.
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