Why You Should Be Eating Hemp Seeds Right Now

Why You Should Be Eating Hemp Seeds Right Now

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Laozi Hemp seeds are best known for their omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Animal sources of omega-3 are salmon and sardines; vegetarian sources include walnuts, flaxseed and our dear hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain a precursor omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid, ALA) that the body converts into EPA and DHA. “EPA and DHA are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function, blood clotting and cell growth as well as components of cell membranes,” says nutrition and wellness expert Dr. Weil. Omega-3 is only found in a few foods and since the body does not produce it, it is essential to consume these items for optimal health. By contrast, omega-6 fatty acids are found in numerous items, most notably refined vegetable oils, including soy or corn oil, the foundation of most processed foods. While not unhealthy in small doses, the overwhelming amount of omega-6 in our diet throws the body out of balance and has the opposite effect of omega-3, increasing inflammation and putting the body at risk for other health issues. While it may make sense to just avoid omega-6 altogether and simply strive for omega-3s, it is ideal to find the right balance of the two. Hemp seeds have a 3:1 omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, which is believed to be the ideal. In addition to this…

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