Hemp Seed

Hemp seed is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, and are exceptionally nutritious, providing a rich source of healthy fats, ... Hemp seed is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant, and are exceptionally nutritious, providing a rich source of healthy fats, various minerals and vitamins, and a source of all essential amino acids.

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Hemp seed

Hemp seed is derived from the cannabis sativa plant and are exceptionally nutritious, providing a rich source of healthy fats, various minerals and vitamins, and a source of all essential amino acids.

✓ Protein

✓ Fibre

✓ Omega-3 fatty acids

✓ Magnesium

✓ Vitamin E

✓ Potassium

 

The seeds can be consumed raw, cooked, roasted, or as desired. Add the seeds to salads, desserts, smoothie bowls, or even blend them into a smoothie to add a high-quality protein source, essential fatty acids, and a fibre boost.

 

Key health aspects of hemp seed powder

Hemp seeds are very unique, as more than 25% of their energy comes from high-quality protein. Compared to other similar seeds such as flax or chia, where approximately 15-18% of their calories are from protein.

Hemp seeds also contain a variety of phytonutrients and bioactive components. These are plant compounds that provide an additional health benefit outside the nutrients provided by the hemp seed itself.

 

Protein

Plant-based proteins that contain all essential amino acids are scarce within the plant kingdom, as the majority lack either lysine and/or methionine. Hemp contains considerable quantities of the amino acids methionine and cysteine, which are typically limited in many plant-based foods.

 

In addition, hemp seeds contain high levels of arginine which is a precursor for nitric oxide. This is a molecule that signals blood vessels to dilate and relax, which has been shown to aid blood pressure regulation and potentially reduce the risk of heart disease. 


Fibre

The fibre content of hemp seed is 25-30g per 100g. In fact, a 20g serving contains 4.2g of fibre! This is a considerable contribution towards your daily recommended fibre goal of about 20-35 grams.

Fibre is an essential nutrient that is under-consumed due to the shift from whole-foods to consuming more processed alternatives. Fibre contributes to a healthy digestive system, diverse gut bacteria and may help manage blood cholesterol levels. It is an essential component of all diets.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids

A serving size of 20g of hemp seed provides 1.7g of omega-3 fatty acids. A source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) which is a precursor for the longer chain omega-3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which are touted for their abundant and diverse effects on human physiology.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for protection against degeneration of eyes and the brain, optimal heart function and mental health, just to mention a few.

 

Essential minerals

Hemp is a natural source of magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and iron. These are essential nutrients that we must ingest from food as the body cannot create them itself. They are necessary for normal and optimal physiological function.

Magnesium is an important cofactor for the aerobic and anaerobic energy production, iron for the transport of oxygen around the body, and calcium as the building block of bone and teeth, just to mention a few.