We bet that you are trying to look your best for the weekly gather ups with your friends and family. Perhaps you have got a new hairdo and even bought something shiny and cool to fit the ambiance. Now, the only thing in that picture that requires your attention is those last couple of extra body pounds. Yes, something has to be done about those. And although we all know the best combination to do so – a healthy diet and regular exercise, that does not mean that you should not use some of the tricks from your sleeve.
Today, we are here to talk about the use of hemp seeds in the process of weight loss. Perhaps you are new to this idea, and you are struggling to find any connection whatsoever between the weight loss process and the use of hemp seeds in it, or perhaps you had already had your experience with the hemp seeds. That does not matter.
We will use this opportunity to talk more about the hemp seeds themselves, their health benefits and most importantly – their ability to help you lose weight in a quick yet effective and healthy way. Are you prepared for what we have to share with you? We bet that you will be surprised to hear what these little seeds are capable of doing for your body if you only use them right. Let’s start, shall we?
What Do You Need to Know About Hemp Seeds?
The hemp seeds are these small, brown seeds that come for the plant known as Cannabis sativa. You might recognize the name of the plant from the very popular cannabis or marijuana. As it turns out, yes, the hemp seeds are from the same species and come from the same plant as cannabis does, but they are from two different varieties.
However, hemp seeds as well, contain traces of the famous THC, although in much smaller amounts. If you are worried about it, know that these THC amounts are so small that the hemp seeds have little to no psychoactive effects. The hemp seeds are also referred to as hemp hearts, due to their heart-like shape. They have only a mild taste that some people have said that it resembles the taste of nuts. What makes the hemp seeds so popular is their incredible nutritious value.
The hemp seeds are rich in many nutrients including healthy fats, proteins, fibers, and many important minerals. Surprisingly small, and yet the hemp seeds offer us all of the nine essential amino acids. In fact, three tablespoons of hemp seeds have been considered to contain up to 10 grams of clean protein, and that is why you should never underestimate them for their size.
In addition, they have very little amounts of carbohydrates and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (1). They are a great source of Vitamin E and in addition, they also have high amounts of potassium, zinc, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, etc (2).
You see, the hemp seeds are perfect to be used by anyone, not just by those of you who are looking for a way to lose those extra pounds. And that is because, other than their great nutritional value, the hemp seeds have numerous health benefits as well. Let’s discuss some of the most essential ones, shall we?
The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
Being as nutritional as they are, the hemp seeds have many health benefits to offer. Other than weight loss, of which we will talk about in a little while, the hemp seeds are able to maintain and improve a lot of body functions. In the following, we will discuss only shortly about the biggest health benefits of them all.
- Reduced risk of heart disease – With heart disease being the number one cause for death all around the world, we sure can use all the help that we can get to reduce our risk. And the hemp seeds are here to help. Luckily for us, the hemp seeds contain high amounts of arginine, a protein which is responsible for the production of nitric oxide in the body. On the other hand, nitric oxide is responsible for lowering the blood pressure and with that reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attack (3). In addition, the hemp seeds are able to reduce any present inflammation in the body and with that reduce the risk as well.
- Maintain good cholesterol levels – By being a great source of fiber, soluble and insoluble, the hemp seeds are able to regulate your cholesterol levels and aid your digestion (4). They are able to reduce your “bad” cholesterol, while at the same time increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in the body. But we will talk about this more in a little while.
- Reduced risk of diabetes – Once again, by bringing a lot of insoluble fiber in your diet, the hemp seeds have been scientifically proven to be able to reduce the risk of diabetes (5). This is especially important for those of you who have a family history of diabetes and belong to any other risk factor group for diabetes.
- Reduced symptoms of Arthritis – Since hemp seeds are believed to have anti-arthritic effects, they can be used by Arthritis patients to help them soothe their Arthritis symptoms, especially their joint pain and stiffness.
Use hemp seeds to lose that extra body weight
Finally, we have reached the most important beneficial effect of the hemp seeds for today – their ability to help you lose weight. Hemp seeds are declared as natural appetite suppressants and knowing what you know so far, can you guess why is that?
We mentioned before that one of the nutrients in which the hemp seeds are rich in is fiber. Yes, the hemp seeds are rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, as shared before. On the one hand, the insoluble fiber cannot be broken down in our digestive system. This creates the illusion that we are full and our appetite is gradually reduced. But satiety is not all that the insoluble fiber is capable of providing.
In addition, the insoluble fiber is responsible for cleansing your colon and with that reducing the risk of colon inflammation which if not controlled and treated in time can easily lead to colon cancer with time. On the other hand, soluble fiber due to their gel-like state in your digestive system, bulk up and add to the feeling that you are full and with that, once again provide the ability of a natural appetite suppressor that the hemp seeds pose (6).
Also, the hemp seeds are rich in protein and healthy fats. And as you may know, proteins and fats are digested slowly by our digestive system, in comparison to let’s say carbohydrates. By being so, they promote satiety. But that is not all. Hemp seeds are also able to lower the glycemic index which will increase your metabolism rate, especially when used in combination with a healthy, balanced diet. And a higher metabolism rate means that more calories will be shredded than ever (7).
And last but not least important are your cholesterol level, or more specifically your HDL “bad” cholesterol levels. The hemp seeds contain high amounts of phytosterols, compounds that resemble the LDL “good” cholesterol and by doing so, they are regulating the cholesterol levels in the body. High levels of HDL “bad” cholesterol are a result of the accumulation of saturated fats in the present adipose tissue in the body and with that a result of weight gain.
In conclusion, the hemp seeds, with their high nutritional value, are perfect to be used in the weight loss process. By enhancing your metabolism rate, regulating your cholesterol levels, and acting as a natural appetite suppressor, the hemp seeds prove what they are said to be – capable of achieving great, natural weight loss. All that you need to do is find a way to introduce the hemp seeds into your new, improved diet and create a habit to use them on a regular level. In the following, we will share some of the best ways that you can use to introduce regular hemp seeds intake on a daily basis.
How to use hemp seeds in the battle against those last body pounds
You may wonder how you can add hemp seeds to your diet. From our personal experience, we would recommend you to add the hemp seeds to your favorite smoothie recipes. Add them along with the fresh fruits and vegetables in the blender and blend away!
Another idea is to add them to a tall glass of yogurt and consume them in the morning. If you are a fan of protein shakes, then you might think of adding a couple of tablespoons of hemp seeds to your favorite protein shake. Soups and stews are another great choices of meals to which you can add hemp seeds.
And if you love to bake and serve your family the best baked goods, then perhaps you can find some recipe that allows you to add hemp seeds and enjoy in their amazing taste. Plus, you can allow your family to join in on experiencing the great health benefits of hemp seeds. You just have to be creative and use the hemp seeds long enough to be able to enjoy in its beneficial effects. The opportunities are unlimited, and you always have the internet to lean on to for help!
There are a lot of different weight loss methods, some more effective than others. Today we decided to dedicate an article to the health benefits and especially the weight loss benefits of the hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts. These little seeds are able to regulate your cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, soothe your painful, arthritic joints, and help you lose weight in a healthy matter.
By adding only three tablespoons of hemp seeds to your protein shakes, smoothies, fruit bowls, stews, and soups, or simply eating them raw, you will successfully speed up your metabolism, and suppress your appetite.
You will no longer feel hungry and feel as if you must snack on empty calories to satisfy your long-lasting hunger. You will now have the energy, the motivation and the help that you need to follow your diet and your exercise plan on a daily level. Use these small, yet effective friends of yours to achieve your weight loss goal and look fabulous during the holidays and the days that follow. You will not be disappointed.
Doctor/Medical writer/researcher/ Translator/MD/M.Ch/USMLE Plastic Surgeon at Ministry of Health & Population of Egypt