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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.

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