Hemp seeds (technically considered to be nuts) are produced from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa L. While hemp belongs to the marijuana family, the two plants are very different. Consuming hemp seeds on a regular basis can improve your health in at least four different ways.
1. Hemp seeds are a great source of essential amino and fatty acids. Since some amino acids cannot be produced naturally in the body, these seeds can be a good supplement. Hemp seeds are an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid (Callaway, 2004).
2. Hemp seeds are a good source of protein. They contain approximately 20 – 25 percent protein. The proteins in hemp seeds are balanced and easily digested (Carus et al., 2013). The two main proteins in hemp seed are edestin and albumin.
3. Compared to other seeds and nuts, hemp seeds are considered more allergy-free. In fact, hemp seeds have been used as a nut substitution in medical necessary elimination diets (Doerfler et al., 2014).
4. Hemp seeds have been generally understood to help with disease prevention for centuries. Recently, more attention has been paid to just how hemp in the diet may help. Yu, Zhou and Perry (2005) discovered that hemp seed oil has significant antioxidant properties.