NZHIA Blog: The nutritional benefits of Hemp


NZHIA Hemp Food Recipe Book

Hemp Seeds contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, and are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein, and various minerals.

Our February 2021 iHemp Magazine is dedicated to hemp food and inside you’ll find recipes and helpful hints to add this superfood into your diet.

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Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids
They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. (1, 2)

Hemp Seeds May Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Hemp seeds are a great source of arginine and gamma-linolenic acid, which have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. (3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Hemp Seeds and Oil May Benefit Skin Disorders
Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats. They have a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema and its uncomfortable symptoms. (13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

Hemp Seeds Are a Great Source of Plant-Based Protein
About 25% of the calories in hemp seeds come from protein. What’s more, they contain all the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source. (18, 19)

Hemp Seeds May Reduce Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
Hemp seeds may reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, thanks to the high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28)

Whole Hemp Seeds May Aid Digestion
Whole hemp seeds contain high amounts of fiber — both soluble and insoluble — which benefits digestive health. However, hulled or shelled hemp seeds contain less fiber. (29, 30, 31, 32).

Resource material:

iHemp Magazine: Hemp Food Recipe Book

  1. Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview
  2. Nutritive quality of Romanian hemp varieties (Cannabis sativa L.) with special focus on oil and metal contents of seeds
  3. The top 10 causes of death
  4. Nitric oxide and pathogenic mechanisms involved in the development of vascular diseases
  5. Dietary nitrates, nitrites, and cardiovascular disease
  6. Association between dietary arginine and C-reactive protein
  7. Inflammation, aspirin, and the risk of cardiovascular disease in apparently healthy men
  8. Gamma-linolenic acid inhibits inflammatory responses by regulating NF-kappaB and AP-1 activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages
  9. Gamma-linolenic acid inhibits inflammatory responses by regulating NF-kappaB and AP-1 activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages
  10. Effect of dietary hempseed intake on cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury
  11. Preventive and treatment effects of hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) meal protein hydrolysate against high blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats
  12. Cholesterol-induced stimulation of platelet aggregation is prevented by a hempseed-enriched diet
  13. Fatty acids, the immune response, and autoimmunity: a question of n-6 essentiality and the balance between n-6 and n-3
  14. Dietary n-6 and n-3 fatty acids in immunity and autoimmune disease
  15. Metabolism of polyunsaturated fatty acids by skin epidermal enzymes: generation of antiinflammatory and antiproliferative metabolites
  16. Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis
  17. Plants used to treat skin diseases
  18. Isolation and Primary Structure of a Methionine- and Cystine-rich Seed Protein of Cannabis sativa
  19. Evaluating the quality of protein from hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) products through the use of the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score method
  20. ACOG committee opinion. Premenstrual syndrome. Number 155–April 1995 (replaces no. 66, January 1989) Committee on Gynecologic Practice. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  21. Prevalence, impacts and medical managements of premenstrual syndrome among female students: a cross-sectional study in College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, Mekelle, northern Ethiopia
  22. Essential fatty acids for premenstrual syndrome and their effect on prolactin and total cholesterol levels: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
  23. The regulation of prostaglandin biosynthesis by the manipulation of essential fatty acid metabolism
  24. Gamma-linolenic acid: an antiinflammatory omega-6 fatty acid
  25. The role of essential fatty acids and prostaglandins in the premenstrual syndrome
  26. The effects of Cannabis sativa L. seed (hempseed) in the ovariectomized rat model of menopause
  27. Effective Anti-aging Strategies in an Era of Super-aging
  28. Calcium, gamma-linolenic acid, and eicosapentaenoic acid supplementation in senile osteoporosis
  29. Fiber and prebiotics: mechanisms and health benefits
  30. Health benefits of dietary fiber
  31. Metabolic effects of dietary fiber consumption and prevention of diabetes
  32. Whole grain, bran, and germ intake and risk of type 2 diabetes: a prospective cohort study and systematic review

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