Often consumed as a delicacy during Holi, it might come as a surprise to you that hemp seeds (Bhaang ke beej) are known world over for their medicinal uses and health benefits.The use of hemp seeds dates back to centuries.The oil from these seeds was used as a medicine (laxative) in China. The seeds are packed with all the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body for its vital functions.
Hemp seeds are packed with minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc, vitamins such as Vitamin E, B12, B6, D and high quality digestible protein. They are enriched with all 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential amino acids that are not naturally produced by the human body). They have also been found to be the richest plant source of fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6, surprisingly even more than that present in flax seeds.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HEMP SEEDS
1 . Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Hemp seeds are a rich source of arginine and linolenic acid that are directly linked with the decreased risk of heart diseases. Hemp seeds or hemp seed oil is found to reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and also helps recover after an heart attack.
2 . Aid In Digestion
Being high in fiber, both soluble (20%) and insoluble (80%), these seeds aid digestion and keep the bowel movements regular. The insoluble fiber adds bulk to stools and acts as a laxative.The shell of the hemp seeds contains most of the fiber. So, it is best to consume them along with the shell.
3 . Boost Immunity
The seeds are a rich source of globulin and omega- 3 fatty acids, and provide the body with immunoglobulins that make disease fighting antibodies. The omega-3 fatty acids helps in fighting inflammation in the body.
4 . Excellent For Vegetarians
The seeds are packed with amino acids like methionine, cysteine, arginine and glutamic acid, and serve as a complete source of protein. Highly nutritious in nature, these seeds help in promoting good health. Two tablespoons of hemp seeds roughly contain 7-11 grams of protein (equivalent to protein in two eggs). Therefore the seeds serves as an excellent plant protien option for vegans and vegetarians.
5 . Reduce Arthritis Pain
Hemp oil capsules are among the recommended oils for long term use in people with arthritis pain. The oil reduces joint pain and lubricates the stiff joints. It can be used in cooking or can be consumed directly.
6 . Lower Cholesterol
Hemp seeds contain naturally occurring plant sterols (phytosterols). These sterols have been found to effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
7 . Treat Skin Disorders
Hemp oil is found to be beneficial for skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema. The oil penetrates the skin layers and thereafter promotes healthy cell growth. A rich source of Vitamin E, is is used as an antioxidant in cosmetic products such as lip balms, lotions and soaps also.
WAYS TO INCLUDE HEMP SEEDS IN DIET
– The seeds can be consumed raw as dressing for salads, yogurt or oatmeal.
– They can also be cooked or roasted. You can sprinkle them over breakfast cereals or add them to your chutneys.
– The seeds can also be pressed for oil and consumed.
-When used as a laxative, it is best to consume them along with the outer shell, since it is high in fiber.
So, go ahead and add these seeds to your daily diet and reap the countless health benefits that they have to offer. Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy with 1mg, a leading online pharmacy in India!