What is a superfood and what makes something qualified to be called as such? This will be explored in depth in this article so that you’ll have a thorough understanding of why hemp seeds are considered to be a superfood and what they can potentially do for your body as a nutritional supplement.
Everyone is seeking the fountain of youth and the Holy Grail of better health. There are websites dedicated to supplements, cleanses, and the like.
They tell you to drink vinegar and cleanse your liver, while scientists tell you that the liver regenerates every single cell of itself every six weeks and there is no need to cleanse it. The key is not to cleanse, the body does that on its own as long as you provide proper nutrition and support so that it can do its job properly.
That means that you feed good fuel to your body, give it loads of antioxidants so that it can properly operated the immune system to keep you healthy, and you get exercise to burn away fat stores.
What is a Superfood?
Largely, ‘superfood’ is a marketing term that found its inception in the mid 2000s. By 2007, it was so overused and mismarketed that it was banned from use in marketing in Europe unless there was scientific data to prove that a food is a superfood.
A superfood should bestow upon the consumer exceptional density of nutrition in a small portion. In this case, hemp seeds are sold and marketed as a superfood because of the density of the Omega oils found in them. In fact, Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 oils are found in hemp seeds. This is relatively uncommon and why they are touted as a superfood.
Hemp seeds have a very dense nutritional value and can be used in the diet to support heart health and provide vitamins and minerals that add to the daily intake in a very positive way.
Nutritional Value of Hemp Seeds
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a 2 tablespoon serving of hemp seeds weighing 20 grams (g) contains:
- 111 calories
- 6.31 g of protein
- 9.75 g of fat
- 1.73 g of carbohydrates (including 0.8 g of fiber and 0.3 g of sugar)
- 14 milligrams (mg) of calcium
- 1.59 mg of iron
- 140 mg of magnesium
- 330 mg of phosphorus
- 240 mg of potassium
- 1.98 mg of zinc
- 22 micrograms (mcg) of folate
Hemp seeds also provide vitamin C, some B vitamins, and vitamins A and E. As you can see, hemp seeds are loaded with protein, calorie dense for nutritional support, and relatively high in iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and more. These vitamins and nutrients are often not found in enough saturation in foods to give humans the nutrients that they need in their everyday diets. Magnesium is essential, especially to women. Magnesium helps to support over 300 metabolic functions in the human body and if you don’t get enough of it, you can have chest pains, irritability, fatigue, muscle weakness, asthma and more. Signs of magnesium deficiency.
Hemp Seeds Available Everywhere
In December of 2018 the new Farm Bill Act was signed that made hemp products legal to farm and to possess. The exact wording of the bill has opened the market to industrialization as never before.
In fact, in the first three months of 2019 the applications to become growers of hemp increased by 300% over prior years. Farmers had been hesitant without more market viability. It’s in place now.
The result so far is that hemp is booming and all products made from hemp are booming. CBD oils are mainly derived from hemp and they are being manufactured and sold in absolute record numbers.
People are also becoming wise to the health benefits of hemp seeds and they are available on the shelves of local markets and shops. Grocery stores and large retail chains are carrying hemp seeds now, as well as the smaller ‘mom and pop’ shops.
Smoothie shops are keeping hemp seeds in stock so that you can have a scoop blended right into your smoothie for a few cents extra.
The world is taking notice of the healthful benefits and nutrition that are packed into this small daily addition to your diet that can help keep your heart healthy and you looking younger.
It’s becoming a win-win situation for the farmers and the agricultural workers who are finding jobs within this new booming market. Not only is the product sensational but it is creating a whole new workforce here in America and the likelihood is that it will continue growing for quite some time as the CBD industry is exploding as well.
Consider Investing Right Now
The hemp/cannabis industry is in a huge growth spurt thanks the new farm bill. People are scrambling their way to leverage cash and invest in new business, new products, research studies, agricultural opportunities and more. Now is the time to get into the market as things are new and opportunities are abundant.
In fact, experts say that only approximately 1% of the market as been scraped as of now. This means there is ample ways to get involved in the emerging cannabis industry, even investing in stocks.
Some companies reportedly have seen increases as much as 3000% in the price of their stocks since the signing of the Farm Bill of 2018. The possible growth leads speculators to believe that this could be the next Amazon for new investors.