It’s amazing how much nutrition one tiny seed can contain. Seeds, in general, contain amino acids (protein), iron, B vitamins, and magnesium. Hemp seeds are a nutritious source of plant-based protein: 13 grams of protein in just three tablespoons. They are also totally versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes, adding a mild nutty flavor to both salty and sweet dishes.
So what’s In Hemp Seeds?
Magnesium has been found to be a natural weapon against the effects of stress on the body. Magnesium also supports neurotransmitter function. Hemp seeds are one of the richest natural sources of magnesium, containing 45 percent in just 3 tablespoons. You won’t get that even in a cup of most greens and vegetables.
2. Amino Acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of the protein in our bodies. Studies show that a lack of amino acids can cause our systems to produce higher amounts of stress hormones leading to blood sugar imbalances. Hemp seeds are as rich in amino acids as eggs.
3. B Vitamins
Vitamin B is a powerful boost for a person’s metabolism and brain function. It also helps quell stress hormone production and assists the body in breaking down energy. Hemp seeds are rich in an array of B vitamins, including: vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantheonic acid), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is known for its benefits for skin, but it’s also an anti-inflammatory. Hemp seeds contain roughly 10 percent of your daily vitamin E needs in just 3 tablespoons. Almonds, chia, and flax like are also top sources.
Zinc regulates the breakdown of carbohydrates in the body, combats inflammation, and neutralizes free radicals that weaken immunity. Hemp seeds contain 30% of your daily zinc needs in 3 tablespoons.
Iron supports oxygenation in the blood. Hemp is one of the best plant-based sources of iron, containing 15% of your daily iron needs in 3 tablespoons.
7. Healthy Fats
Healthy fats, unlike saturated fats, support all the membranes of the body. Hemp seeds contain very high amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the brain, heart and hormone production.