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Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Revealed

Although
hemp seeds have a long history as a health food, they are increasingly
drawing more attention from health food advocates and researchers. In addition
to its use as a source of fiber for textiles, hemp seeds are perhaps one of the
most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and wellbeing on many
levels.
Although
its link to the cannabis plant remains an obstacle, scientists are continuing
to learn new benefits of the seed. Studies by The American
Chemical Society
revealed “just
how many healthful compounds hempseed oil contains.
Hemp seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet. Zebra Organics is a big advocate of hemp seed and offers Fresh Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Canadian Hemp Oil. Light green in colour and lighter in flavour, it is an excellent garnish for salads or soups and has a delicious nutty flavour.
Here are some health benefits of hempseed:
1. Used as
food and medicine for 3000 years
The Ancient Chinese adopted hemp seed and hempseed oil as
a both a food and medicine. Technically a nut, hempseed has been used in
traditional medicine to treat various disorders dating back thousands of years.

2. Rich in
fiber, vitamins and minerals
Hempseed contains high levels of fiber and vitamins A, C
and E. While its levels of iron and zinc are modest, it is rich in phosphorus,
potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium minerals.
3. Rich in
antioxidants
Hempseed contains high levels of vitamin E, which is
one of the most crucial antioxidants. In addition it contains tocopherol, which is known to assist with treating Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis,
and phytol, which has both anticancer and antioxidant properties.
4. Fights bad
cholesterol
According a study published in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
hempseed and hempseed oil can assist in the breakdown of cholesterol and
help prevent problems derived from high cholesterol, including blood clotting.
5. Improves skin
conditions
Containing a balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids,
hempseed oil is believed to be useful in treating symptoms of atopic
dermatitis, a type of eczema. In a study that compared the effects of olive oil
and hempseed oil on treating the skin, hempseed oil was revealed to significantly
improve skin conditions, due to its balanced and plentiful supply of fatty
acids.
6. Contains perfect
balance of fatty acids
With a 3:1 Ratio of two essential fatty acids; Omega 3 and Omega
6, hempseed oil is the only nut or vegetable oil that contains this balance.
This ratio is recommended by the World Health Organization. Western diets are
often deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids and contain excessive amounts of Omega 6
fatty acids.
7. Prevents heart
disease
Research
has shown that hempseed can prevent blood clotting, which in turn can help with
the prevention of clot-induced strokes. In addition, according to the American
Chemical Society, high levels of Omega 3 in hempseed may have “beneficial
physiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer.”
8. Reduces
inflammation
Hempseed comprises of a range of plant sterols and alcohols that
are recognized to decrease inflammation.