Last Dance With Mary Jane…
Just kidding…. We’re not talking about that little green plant. But we are talking about her sister plant – HEMP! Even though growing hemp is banned by the U.S. federal government, and only 15 states have laws providing for hemp production, it’s really not that taboo… Even good ‘ol Thomas Jefferson knew the benefits of this versatile plant; he had his own personal crop! Jefferson’s hemp plants were broken down and repurposed, serving as a base for clothing and textiles back in the day. Guess what? Not much has changed! Today, hemp seeds, oils and fibers are used in everyday materials including skin & hair care, clothing, paper, building supplies and even biofuels. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not recognize the value of industrial hemp and permit its production. Crazy! This glorious, delicious and resourceful plant produces nutrient packed seeds that are sure to surprise you. Let us introduce you to one of our favorite superfoods: The Hemp Seed.
For starters, hemp seeds contain 36% protein… that’s more than most meat. They also contain a harmonious balance of Omega-6 & Omega-3 essential fatty acids – these are called EFAs and although your body is a magnificent machine, it cannot produce these on its own. EFAs may contribute to the maintenance of mental and visual function, as well as normal heart health. Need more? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”1
But Are There Any… Effects?
In short, YES! With 45% of your daily RDA of magnesium, 21% zinc and 15% iron – you are bound to notice some positive effects of this little seed! Let’s break it down. Have you ever felt like your memory is escaping you? Do you have days where you would lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your body? Don’t worry, we all have our moments. Forgetfulness and memory loss are an aggravating reality to face. But there is a solution! With the power of zinc and magnesium, you’ll be on your way to memory lane. Hemp Seeds are rich in magnesium, and “increasing brain magnesium improves learning abilities, working memory, and short- and-long-term memory,”2 according to neuroscientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hemp seeds are also high in zinc, a mineral which has a great effect on memory and learning. In a separate study, zinc was found to play a “crucial role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another,”3 affecting how memories are formed and how we learn.
How do I add Hemp Seeds to my diet?
It’s really easy to make Hemp Seeds a part of your healthy diet! Our delicious Hemp Seeds have such a mild, nutty flavor and pleasantly soft texture that you can add as garnish to any sweet or savory dish. You can simply sprinkle them on salads (try this amazing Tropical Slaw-Style Salad, perfect for summer!), soups, or any meal for that matter for a superfood boost of protein, minerals, and omega-3s! You can also make Hemp Seed Milk, or even a creamy Good Morning Hemp Latte! Hemp milk mustache, anyone? Mmmmm….
Don’t Take Our Word For It
“These hemp seeds are great for snacking out of hand or sprinkling into an oatmeal or bread recipe. I have also used them to make a wonderful vegan hemp pesto, along with basil, pine nuts, cashews, hemp oil, and Himalayan pink salt. I know there are more things I should be doing with them (adding them to rice, maybe?), but at the moment the pesto is my favorite. I highly recommend them.” – Elizabeth
“Finally I can add hemp seeds in my smoothies, I might try to make my own homemade hemp milk some day. Great product, great price, totally recommended.” – Jose
“Great in Smoothies. Feeling better by adding this to my drinks and food. I have more energy.” – Cynthia
Try these nutritious, versatile and delicious seeds for yourself!