Hemp seeds are a gift of nature. They are the most nutritious seed in the world. Hemp seeds are a complete protein. They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins, and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches, and saturated fats. Hemp seeds are one of nature’s perfect foods – a super food. This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system, as well as natural blood sugar control.
Hemp belongs to the genus Cannabis sativa and has been cultivated for thousands of years as a source of fiber, edible seeds, edible oil, lubricant, and as a fuel.
The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are deemed essential because our bodies do not naturally produce them. This means that they must be obtained from the food we eat.
Most health organizations agree that the human body needs a three- or four-to-one balance of omega-six over omega-three. Hemp seed is the only seed where this ideal balance occurs. It does not occur in flax, almond, walnut, soybean, or olive oil. Daily use of flax seed can lead to dangerous imbalances since flax seed oil has a balance of one-to-four instead of a healthy four-to-one omega-six over omega-three.
EFAs are involved with producing life’s energy throughout the human body, and without them, life is not possible. In general, North Americans have a high dietary deficiency in EFAs due to their high intake of processed foods and meats.