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Healing Food: Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed

How It Heals

The only "high" you'll get from the seed of the Cannabis sativa plant is confidence that you're nurturing your body with its wealth of healthful contents. The variety of hemp grown for food production in Canada¬ócommercial cultivation is not legal in the U.S.¬ó harbors virtually no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana. What hemp does provide is an ideal ratio (roughly 3 to 1) of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.

"When these essential fats are consumed in this ratio, the anti-inflammatory effect helps fend off a number of conditions, including diabetes, certain cancers, and autoimmune and heart diseases," says Bastyr University associate professor and certified nutritionist Jennifer Adler. What's more, hemp seed is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that may quell inflammation, improve skin health, and inhibit cancer cell growth.

Additionally, hemp seed's store of essential amino acids is replete with arginine; research in the journal Nutrition suggests that consuming foods abundant in arginine could lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. The bounty of nutrients in hemp seed also includes vitamin E. "As an antioxidant, vitamin E can help neutralize cell-attacking free radicals," Adler notes.

Eat It Up

The nutty flavor of shelled hemp seeds makes them an appealing garnish for soups, salads, stir-fries, puddings, fruit pies, oatmeal, or yogurt. Or toss a handful into the batter of such baked goods as quick breads, cookies, and muffins. To preserve freshness, refrigerate the seeds after opening, and store in a tightly sealed container. The oil produced by cold-pressing hemp seeds adds earthy notes to pestos, dips, and salad dressings. Because hemp oil's wealth of unsaturated fats aren't heat stable, cooking with it isn't advised. Mix hemp milk, made by grinding hemp seeds with filtered water, into smoothies, hot cocoa, or pancake batter; stir into your morning coffee; or pour over cold cereal (but watch out for added sweeteners in flavored versions). Spread creamy hemp seed nut butter on toast, whole-grain crackers, or sliced apples.

Comments on this Article

Where do you buy hemp seed or oil

Where can u purchase hemp seed and also how do u prepare the seed before ingesting

I'm also going to try hemp seed as an alternative to whey protein.

Can I boil Hemp Seeds and drink the liquid as I do with cinnamon or ginger roots tea ??

I'm finding hemp milk, seed, and oil in more places now. All the grocery stores I go to have a "natural foods" section that has these products, and I live in a little town that usually doesn't get this kind of stuff. You can always order it online too from places like vitacost.com

You say add to baking then say don't cook with it????

Best way to use Hemp seeds is by using them raw. They having the largest number of valuable properties and retain all the nutritional properties. When you exposed them to the effects of high temperatures, they lose their properties. so if you're cooking or baking try to keep it lasted as short as possible and not at high temperature. Do not allow to boil! Check Hemp Yourself on facebook for more recipe ideas with HEMP :-)

Can you eat all hemp/cannabis seeds? Or only certain ones?

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