• A single pound of hemp seeds can sustain a human life for two weeks, making it a highly nutritious "superfood." Just 1 tbsp. hemp seeds provides the recommended daily allowance for essential fatty acids.


    Containing all essential amino acids, hemp seeds are considered a complete protein. Richard Rose wrote in his book "The Hempnut Cookbook," co-authored by Brigitte Mars and Christina Pirello, that hemp seeds supply more protein than meat or fish.


    Hemp seeds have a higher percentage of amino acids than soybeans. Unlike soybeans, hemp does not contain enzyme inhibitors that produce indigestion and gas. The nutty flavor of hemp seeds is similar to pine nuts.


    The oil in hemp seeds is rich in essential fatty acids (EFA). Specifically, hemp seeds have 56 percent omega-6 EFA and 20 percent omega-3 EFA in a healthy ratio of 3 to 1. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for brain function, mood balance and cardiovascular health.


    Hemp seeds are also a good source of rare gamma linolenic acid (GLA) or omega-9 EFA. GLA is associated with cardiovascular health, hormone balance and appetite control. It is also a natural remedy for psoriasis, eczema, immune health and psychiatric disorders.

    Vitamins and Minerals

    A source of B vitamins, hemp seeds also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin K. They also provide calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and zinc.


    "The Hempnut Cookbook;" Richard Rose, Brigitte Mars, Christina Pirello; 2005.

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