What are Hemp Seeds and its health benefits
There are several myths around Hemp seeds, which have given this wonder seed a bad image. The idea that hemp seeds contain large amounts of THC and have psychoactive elements just as recreational marijuana had been ingrained into everyone’s mind due to its association with cannabis. Hemp seeds are the seeds that grow on hemp plants/cannabis sativa, and although marijuana and hemp seeds come from the same plant species, their compositions are different in various ways.
As we move towards a more open-minded foodstyle, we’ve learnt that hemp seeds do not contain any amount of psychotropic properties. In fact, it’s one the healthiest type of seeds to enjoy. It’s a rich source of protein, fiber, plus essential vitamins and minerals. This great ingredient has 0.3% of THC and actually provides more health benefits than any other type of seed.
Read on to find out the health benefits of hemp seeds:
Reduce PMS and cramps
PMS and cramps are a big part of every woman’s life. The emotional and physical turmoil can’t be avoided and puts a hindrance in daily life activities. It is believed that these symptoms are the due to a sensitivity of the prolactin hormone. Hemp seeds contain the essential fatty acids (GLA) that help relieve the sensitivity caused by that hormone, thus, reducing the effects that PMS and cramps have on our body.
Hemp seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, enhanced by the presence of omega-3 and GLA present in its composition. The reduction of inflammation helps fight off many chronic diseases like heart diseases, arthritis, and fatty liver disease.
A perk of including this in your diet is that it helps you lose weight. As hemp seeds are rich in fiber, they make you feel full for longer and diminish your sugar cravings. Having these protein-rich seeds every morning can help you feel full throughout the day so you don’t end up overeating during meals.
The anti-inflammatory properties present in the seeds help treat eczema as well as reduce acne. Other than that, hemp seeds also contain loads of omega-3 and 6, which helps improve the skin health by making it more moisturized and strengthening it against the environmental factors.
Since it’s a rice source of fiber, hemp seeds also improve your digestive health. The high-fiber seeds are helpful in ameliorating the gastrointestinal system of your body and relieving constipation.
Improve Cardiovascular Health
The plant-based protein along with fiber and healthy fats of the hemp seeds keep your heart healthy and working smoothly. The omega-3 and 9 reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and strokes.
Along with the omega-9, hemp seeds are also rich in magnesium and Vitamin B which play an important role in relieving stress. They alleviate stress hormones and enhance the mood drastically.
Preserve brain function
Hemp seeds have neuroprotective properties that help preserve the brain functions and protects against neurodegeneration. It can help reduce the risks of multiple neurological diseases like brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, migraines, etc.
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Hemp Seeds in Hindi
February 16, 2016
Recent Question: “What do you call hemp seeds in hindi?”
I’ve recently gotten the question of what are hemp seeds in hindi. There seem to be two possible answers:
- “Sun Dil” –> this means heart seeds (“sun” meaning seeds and “dil” meaning heart)
- “Bina chilke ka bhang” –> this means hemp seeds without outer shell (“bina chilke” meaning without shell and “bhang” meaning marijuana)
One of these two terms should help you find hemp seeds.
After doing some research and calling my Hindi speaking mother-in-law, this is what I found out. Unfortunately, there is no clear difference between the term cannabis/marijuana from hemp seeds (as there in in English).
The basic difference between hemp (in it’s English term) and marijuana is it’s use. Both are derived from the Cannabis Sativa L plant. Hemp (that which is legal and industrial) contains a very small amount of Tetrahydrocannabinoids (or THC) which is what causes a person to be high. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a significantly higher content of THC which is what causes the physical and psychological changes.
Hemp is grown for a number of different of forms (hemp seed, hemp oil & hemp fibre), for a number of different uses ranging from auto parts to carpeting and, more recently, for its dense nutritious value. Hemp is a rich source of both fibre and protein and contains an abundant amount of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. It’s also a great source of vegetable protein. It has almost the same amount of protein of soy but is more easily digestible because it closely resembles protein in your blood.
I personally use hemp seeds all the time: in salads, smoothies, baked goods and anything else I can think of.
You can see my post on Breakfast Smoothies with Protein which have many protein smoothie recipes with hemp seeds. 🙂
Are you currently in India? Are there any other/better terms for hemp seeds in hindi? Let me know in the comments!
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