Hemp hearts, hemp nuts, or hemp seed has been keeping much of the world heart-healthy for hundreds of years. According to research conducted by the National Center of Biotechnology Information and funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, in 2010, hemp seed has the potential to beneficially influence heart disease.
Besides the benefits to the human heart, hemp seed is now categorized as a super food due to the 21amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids, and high levels of Zinc, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and fiber. Add one very rare form of omega-6, known as gamma linoleic acid (GLA), and many ills of today could be combated nicely with this king of super foods. According to the American Cancer Society, research has proven that people with cancer, diabetes and skin allergies do not make enough natural GLA. Protein is another leading nutrient as the list below shows:
Amount of Protein in Popular Nuts and Seeds: (Based on a one ounce serving)
- Hemp seeds – 10.3g
- Pumpkin seeds – 6.9g
- Almonds – 6g
- Sunflower seeds – 5.8g
- Flax seeds – 5.1g
- Brazil nuts – 4g
- Pine nuts – 3.8g
If you still aren’t convinced of the overlooked nutritional value of hemp seed, here is a breakdown of a few of the phytonutrients in every 100 grams of contained minerals and vitamins:
- Magnesium – 483mg
- Phosphorus – 1160mg
- Potassium – 859mg
- Calcium – 145mg
- Vitamin B3 – 2.8mg
- Vitamin B6 – .12mg
- Vitamin D – 22.77 IU mg
High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and coronary heart disease have proven to be lessened by the GLA content of hemp seed when tested on animals and humans. The fact that the United States is conducting limited testing could be due to the fact that hemp growing is still illegal in the country. Most of the discovery on the positive attributes of hemp seed has been through studies performed in Finland, Germany, Britain, and Canada.
The list of benefits stuffed into this amazing little seeds could improve other medical conditions such as regulating hormones, reducing arthritis and joint pain, increasing metabolism, improving digestive health, and promote healthy layers of skin. The ingredients are all present and ready to take action. All we need now is the proof of scientific testing and easy availability.
Hemp seed contains none of the psychotropic action that is well known of its botanical cousin, Cannabis. The outer shell is removed to expose the soft nutty substance that constitutes the actual hemp seed. While the outer shell could contain traces of THC from environmental conditions, it falls below the .3 percent allowable dry weight basis.