1. Used as food and medicine for 3000 years
Humans have made use of the hemp plant — and its nutritional benefits — since the beginning of written history. The Ancient Chinese relied on hemp seeds as both a food and medicine. In fact, evidence suggests the seed was used in prehistory as well.
Though hemp seeds are only starting to gain popularity in the West, it remains an important grain in traditional Asiatic food and medicines.
2. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals
Hemp seeds have high levels of fiber and vitamins A, C, and E. It is also rich in minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and has modest levels of iron and zinc.
3. Rich in antioxidants
Hemp seeds contain high levels of vitamin E, which is one of the most important antioxidants. It also contains tocopherol, which is known to have benefits in Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis, and phytol, which has both anticancer and antioxidant properties.
4. Fights bad cholesterol
Studies suggest hemp seeds can help break down cholesterol as well as prevent problems caused by high cholesterol, including blood clotting.
5. Contains perfect balance of fatty acids
Hemp seeds contains a 3 to 1 ratio of the two essential fats: omega-6 and omega-3. This is the ideal ratio recommended by WHO and Health Canada for cardiovascular health. No other nut or vegetable oil contains this ratio.
6. Reduces inflammation
Hemp seeds contain a variety of plant sterols and alcohols that are known to reduce inflammation, which is a factor in a wide range of diseases.