Hemp is one of the earliest known domesticated plants that has been cultivated for over 12,000 years.
Hemp is a close relative of the Cannabis herb (often called marijuana), but is not to be confused with Cannabis and its psychoactive and medicinal properties.
This tall and coarse plant is a source of valuable fiber, can be refined into hemp oil, wax, resin, made into paper, fuel and the seeds themselves are a super nutritional source.
According to “Hemp Facts”, the world-leading producer of hemp is France, which produces more than 70% of the world output. China ranks second with approximately a quarter of the world production. There is smaller production in Europe, Chile and North Korea. Over thirty countries produce industrial hemp, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkeyand Ukraine.
The United Staes Department of Agriculture has concluded that “the market potential for hemp seed as a food ingredient is unknown. However, it probably will remain a small market, like those for sesame and poppy seeds.”
Hemp seeds are a complete protein, containing vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants.
4 heaping tablespoons of Shelled Hemp Seed contains 240 caloric energy from:
- Protein: 15g
- Polyunsaturated fats: 15g
-Omega 6: 11.4g, Omega 3: 3.6g
- Mono-unsaturated fats: 2.7g
- Saturated fats: 2.1g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Carbohydrates: 4.5g
- Iron: 2mg
- Calcium: 31mg
- Sodium: 3.8mg
- Vitamin E: 3.8mg
- Vitamin D: 956 IU
- Vitamin C: .42mg
- Vitamin B6: .05mg
- Vitamin B2: .14mg
- Vitamin B1: .58mg
- Vitamin A: 1.68 IU
Our bodies need polyunsaturated (“good”) fat such as omega 6 and omega 3, which helps seeds have the “perfect balance” of.
Omega 6: Regulates blood pressure, blood clotting, inflammation, immunity and brain function.
Fiber: controls blood sugar, promotes heart health, decreases risk of stroke, enhances weight loss and management, helps remove yeast and fungus from the body, reduces the risk of diverticulitis, lowers the risk of hemorrhoids, provides some relief from IBS, and reduces the risk of gallbladder and kidney stones.
Magnesium: regulates melatonin hormone for better sleep, relaxes the nervous system, helps cells store more energy, helps the body produce more Insulin like Growth Factor (IGF-1 helps with growth and strength in muscles), better flexibility, supports bone integrity and strength, remineralizes teeth, alkalizes the body, hydrates, relieves constipation, assists enzyme function, diabetes.
Calcium: helps maintain heart rhythm, muscle function, and more. There’s good evidence that calcium can help prevent or control high blood pressure. It also may reduce PMS symptoms as well as preventing certain cancers. Calcium with Vitamin D may help protect against breast cancer in premenopausal women.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, 1lb; with 10g Protein & 12g Omegas per Serving, Non-GMO, Gluten Free – Packaging May Vary
•Salads can get a nutritional boost by sprinkling a few tablespoons of hemp seeds on to it.