Hemp Seeds: Why the new superfood is still the old superfood

Hemp Seeds: Why the new superfood is still the old superfood

Diary of a hemp seed addict.

As we are starting to discover hemp seeds are now not only legal to consume as a food product in Australia (as of November 2017) but they are also highly nutritious. Hemp seeds date back around 3000 years ago in China and Russia and were used as food and for medicinal purposes. (1)

Hemp seed is technically a nut and the seeds contain about 30% fat which consist of the heart protecting Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. They are a viable source of high quality protein over other seeds.

How will hemp seed help me with training and even yoga?

Hemp seeds are an amazing source of plant based protein. About 25% of the calories of hemp seeds come from protein. An increasing number of exercise enthusiasts are looking towards plant based protein sources as they provide the user with less inflammation and they are easier to digest.

This superfood is full of healthy fats and essential fatty acids that the body utilises for repair and energy. The 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 could also improve skin disorders. The seeds also contain generous amounts of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin E , potassium, iron and zinc.

Hemp seeds contain high doses of the amino acid arginine which produces nitric oxide which may lower the risk of heart disease (2). Nitric oxide is a vasodilator which could also aid in lowering high blood pressure and promoting muscle growth since arginine is a precursor to testosterone release. Hemp seeds also contain prominent levels of the amino acids methionine and cysteine (3).

Whole hemp seeds have a great amount of fibre, both soluble and in soluble aiding in digestion which promotes better absorption of food nutrients.

From a scientific basis, its obvious why hemp seeds are a great addition to most diets! Try our GEWREW granola with organic hemp seeds – a superfood worthy of its reputation. Order online at gewrew.com.


Also available at Helens Heavenly Bulk Food Store and Cafe, Burleigh Heads.

IMG_20171205_162240Helen’s delicious Acai bowls are now topped with Gewrew Granola.

(1) SpringerLink – Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview

(2) NCBI – Nitric oxide and pathogenic mechanisms involved in the development of vascular diseases

(3) Taylor & Francis Online – Isolation and primary structure of Methionine- and Cystine-rich seed protein of Cannabis sativa

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