Guest post by Vishal Vivek
What Are the Benefits of Hemp Seeds in a PCOS diet?
Why should you add hemp to your PCOS diet? Firstly, it is the coolest and greenest superfood you can eat every day. Secondly, it adds some much-cherished crunch to your daily food along with the necessary nutrients.
Hemp is the superfood every health enthusiast, dietician, and health magazine is talking about. It is undoubtedly an exotic addition to your daily palette, but it is easy to find and purchase.
Hempseeds in your morning milk and cereal might sound like a quirky mix, but besides the new crunch, you will enjoy at least eight distinct benefits. Here is a comprehensive list of advantages that come with the consumption of hemp seeds:
1) Hemp Seed Will Address Nutritional Deficiencies
Since storing hemp seed is quite easy, you can stock up on good-quality organic hemp seeds during a sale and keep adding a generous amount to your salads, smoothies, baked goods, and protein shakes. Hemp seeds are a go-to source of protein for vegans and vegetarians. Studies show that the protein content of this plant product is almost equal to the protein content of beef or chicken.
The high fatty acid, branched-chain amino acids, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron content can restore depleted reserves of macromolecules in the body. Hemp seeds can boost hematopoiesis (production of RBCs) and treat anemia naturally. It is an excellent natural treatment for mineral and vitamin deficiencies in children and adults that arise from an incomplete diet.
2) Eating Hemp Seeds Can Reduce Chronic Inflammation and Pain
How much hemp seed you add will influence the level of protein, fatty acids, and vitamins in your diet. Hemp has 0% to 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the phytocannabinoid responsible for psychoactive “high” properties), but it has abundant CBD (cannabidiol), another phytocannabinoid that has anti-inflammatory, painkilling, and antioxidant activities.
Adding hemp seeds to your daily diet can help you manage chronic pain and inflammation. Since hemp seeds don’t contain THC, they are not addictive and do not cause drowsiness. It can help with oxidative stress that often leads to chronic inflammation and related diseases.
Consumption of common painkillers like Tylenol and ibuprofen can take a toll on hepatic health, but regular consumption of hemp seeds with high CBD reduces pain and inflammation without challenging your liver health.
3) Hemp Helps Digestion
Daily intake of hemp seeds with high CBD content can aid proper digestion and can reduce bloating after a meal or flatulence in general. Hemp seeds are a potent digestive aid that can benefit all age groups.
The high nutrient content completes any diet even when you add a small number of hemp seeds to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Note- hemp seeds may increase overall appetite.
4) Hemp Seeds Ease Menopause Symptoms
There was a time when countering the effects of menopause was only possible via hormone replacement therapy. However, hormone replacement often has unwanted side effects. Hemp is a reliable source of Phyto-compounds that can counter the effects of menopause.
Hemp seeds have gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in abundance. GLA produces Prostaglandin E1, which counters the effects of the hormone prolactin. Higher levels of prolactin in women going through menopause lead to menopausal symptoms. Therefore, regular consumption of hemp seeds can reduce the hot flashes, hypersensitivity/irritation of the skin, night sweats, and sleeplessness.
5) Hemp Seeds Will Help You Sleep Like a Baby
That brings us to how hemp seeds aid in sleeping. Although hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, it helps in resetting the circadian rhythm and triggering sleep at the right time. Do not be mistaken! Hemp seeds don’t make one sleepy after consumption during the day.
It acts as a natural sleeping aid. Instead of sleeping medication, you can take hemp seed supplements during breakfast and evening snacks. It reduces oxidative stress and keeps your metabolism balanced. That automatically restores your circadian rhythm and helps you fall asleep and remain asleep at night instead of keeping you counting sheep at 4 am!
6) Hemp Seeds Can Potentially Restore Your Youthful Skin
Hemp seed is better than any steroid cream and microdermabrasion treatment. It has a delicate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These act as antioxidants that can reverse the harsh effects of aging and stress on your skin. Daily consumption of a small number of hemp seeds with your fruit smoothie can relieve dry skin, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation spots.
The direct application works wonders for those suffering from eczema. Better, hemp seeds are more affordable than most skin treatments, and they are more accessible to most as well. In addition to adding a new life to your skin, it cleanses your system and brings out the real glow from within.
7) Hemp Seeds Are Good for Your Heart and Circulation
Hempseed and hempseed oil are strong cardio-protectants. Research shows that the level of omega-3-fatty acids present in hemp seeds is ideal for boosting cardiovascular health. Hemp seed not only relieves hypertension, but it also acts as a natural anticoagulant for those with a high risk of thrombosis.
Hemp seeds contain ample supplies of arginine. It is a naturally occurring essential amino acid that we cannot produce in our body. Arginine produces nitric oxide, which acts as a vasodilator. Arginine is a necessary supplement in the daily diet of those with atherosclerosis, hypertension, and high risks of cardiovascular disorders.
8) Hemp Seeds Can Help You Avoid Musculoskeletal Diseases
We have mentioned before that hemp seed supplements can help you lose weight, but did you know that it can increase your muscle mass as well? It is scientifically proven that gaining muscle mass can provide support to the skeletal system and all the organ systems.
The lack of muscle mass and muscle tone can increase your chances of acquiring chronic musculoskeletal disorders, including tendonitis, tension neck syndrome, epicondylitis, and osteoarthritis. Thirty grams of Hemp seeds have around 11 grams of protein. It is a complete protein source that can help you shed stored fat and gain muscle mass in no-time.
9) Hemp seeds can protect your nervous system
The presence of antioxidants relieves the high oxidative stress in your body. Daily consumption reduces the levels of free oxide radicals that can harm your neurons. It has a high vitamin B1 content that nourishes and protects the brain. Thiamine helps in providing optimum nutrition to the organ and plays a critical role in memory formation.
Hemp in your diet brings lots of proteins and oodles of omega-3-fatty acids, both of which are essential for brain health and function. It is a superfood that can prompt the production of dopamine or the “happy hormone”. It is the brain food that can potentially deter the aging of your neurons by removing oxidative stress. It can deter the onset of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and even slow their progress down.
Hemp seeds are not just additives to food, but they can be your daily healthy and tasty snacks as well. It is a natural grain that is rich in PUFA, essential amino acids, vitamins, and trace minerals. It is easy to digest, and it aids digestion. Therefore, hemp is the favorite snack of tomorrow that is just waiting to be devoured by the health fanatic, workout lover, fitness enthusiast, and diet conscious individual.
Vishal Vivek, Co-founded Hemp Foundation (India’s Leading Company to export bulk hempseed) to increase awareness about the most misunderstood plant on the planet. He believes that we can fight climate change, water crisis and plastic pollution with Hemp. Times Group recognized him as a legendary entrepreneur and published his biography in “I Did IT- Vol 2” at the age of just 30! Contact Vishal at [email protected]