Benefits of Hemp Seeds
I recently introduced hemp seeds into my diet and after reviewing the benefits of this superfood I am glad that I did. I thought I’d share with you about this awesome seed that is a great addition to a diet for endometriosis.
Hemp is one of the earliest known cultivated plants dating back thousands of years. Hemp seeds are said to be one of nature’s perfect foods.
The hemp seed is an excellent, vegetarian source of protein (much more so than soy). This is because it is easily digested and absorbable. The hemp seed contains all ten essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
Hemp seeds hold an ideal anti-inflammatory ratio of 3:1 of omega 6 and omega 3 fats and contain GLA — an excellent anti-inflammatory hormone.
The healthy fats in hemp seeds help control blood sugar levels, as they help quickly absorb glucose from the blood stream.
Hemp seeds are packed with vitamins A, E, D and many B vitamins. They also contain calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, all of which are great for healing endometriosis.
Hemp seeds contain soluble fibers, which help keep the digestive tract happy — improving constipation and bloating.
Hemp Seed Protein Smoothie Recipe
Hemp seeds have a very mild flavor so they are easily mixed in with salads and dressings. I’ve been adding them to my smoothies in the morning and can’t even taste them 🙂
Want to try hemp seeds, but not sure how? I’ve included for you my protein packed smoothie recipe below.
- 1 1/4 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
- 2 TSP peanut butter
- 2 TBS hemp seeds
- handful (or two) of sprouts
Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. If you want it chilled then add ice to your liking.
On the Positive Side?
Now that you’ve learned about all the benefits to hemp seeds it is easy to see why it is an awesome addition to a healthy diet.
I’ve seen hemp seeds at most health food stores. They are kind of pricey (which is what’s deterred me so long from buying them), but a little goes a long way. Only a tablespoon and a half of hemp seeds contains five grams of protein!
Have you tried hemp seeds? Have any recipes to share? I’d love to hear from you….