This herbaceous plant has been sought after throughout the recorded history. Known primarily for its variety of Cannabis sativa, Hemp has been cultivated for for thousands of years to make clothing fiber, oils, building materials and paper.
Hemp does not contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the mind-altering drug that is found in marijuana, so hemp that being said, hemp products are legal in most countries, although growing hemp is still illegal in the U.S.
Rich protein source
Hemp seeds are a great protein source for vegetarians. Protein from hemp seeds contain all eight essential amino acids. In fact, the research that was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2010 discovered that hemp seed protein contained a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid (PDCAA) score that equaled to or scored higher then other plant based proteins such as nuts, pulses and grains. In 100 grams of shelled hemp seeds contains 36.7 grams of protein, that’s 73 percent of your daily recommended protein intake.
Containing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that the body needs in large amounts but can’t create itself (meaning that you have to obtain them from dietary sources). In 100 grams of shelled hemp seeds, you get 45 grams of total fat, 3.3 of those grams are saturated fat. Consuming these essential fatty acids is recorded to be in direct relation to enhanced memory and cognition.
Iron, magnesium and zinc
Large amounts of essential minerals can be found in most seeds, either hemp or not, but in the case of hemp seeds the minerals that can be found are iron, magnesium and zinc. Deficiencies in magnesium are particularly common and can lead to anxiety, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and other stress-related conditions. Consuming a handful of organic hemp seeds on a daily basis, can correct a good number of these deficiencies, negating the need for related supplements.
Hemp seeds are also packed with fiber. But to be noted that most of the fiber is found in the shell. So, hulled or shelled hemp seeds will contain a considerable amount of less fiber then those that are unshelled.