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If you’re looking to improve digestion, balance hormones or improve metabolism (perhaps all three!), hemp seeds may just be the superfood you’re looking for.
I think it is safe to call them a superfood. For starters the offer up an excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health. Most diets are too high in omega 6, which can lead to inflammation and dis-ease. Ultimately, we should aim for a 1:1 ratio when it comes to omega 3 and 6.
For vegans and anyone else who avoid animal products, hemp is a great alternative because it contains very high quality protein. In fact, it is a complete protein. Do to its protein source, they are more digestible than seeds or nuts, and won’t leave you feeling bloated. Hopefully. Of course we all react differently to foods, so test to see how your body responds to them.
Hemp seeds can be used in countless ways. Throw a tablespoon or two into a smoothie, blend them into a salad dressing, sprinkle on top of your salad, use hemp seeds in place of pine nuts in pesto, blend with water to make hemp milk… my goodness, it is endless!