Hemp Seed Nutrition

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Sources:  Hemp Tank (HT), Hemp foods.com (Richard Rose) (HF.com), Hemp Foods Australia (HFA) Hempen (hempen) Hemp Flax (HF) Ministry of Hemp (MoH)



Hemp protein is one of the most popular vegetarian protein powders among active athletes. Derived from hemp seeds, hemp protein promises an average of 15 grams of protein per serving – that is the highest vegan source of simple protein available!

Hemp protein is a great way to increase your daily protein intake, especially for those who are lactose intolerant or have difficulty digesting whey protein. (MoH https://ministryofhemp.com/blog/hemp-products-list/)


Hemp Seed Flour is gluten free, nutritious, and an excellent source of energy. The Seed Flour contains 33% protein and is second only to soy in protein content. An added benefit is that Hemp Seed Flour protein is more easily digested. Hemp flour is perfect for those who have nut, dairy, gluten or wheat allergies. (MoH)



Hemp seeds and oil contain omegas 3, 6 and 9 essential & non essential fatty acids and produces more easily absorbed protein than any other crop. In it's natural organic state hemp seed is considered by many to be the safest, most digestible, balanced, natural and complete source of protein, amino acids, and essential fats found anywhere in nature, containing 20 amino acids, but also each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce. Raw organic shelled hempseed has a mild, nutty flavour and is often referred to as hemp hearts; these contain over 30% fat. They are also incredibly rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which has been linked to a number of health benefits.  It is the idea food to improve digestion, balance hormones and improve metabolism, therefore hemp seeds may just be the superfood we can all use to help this. The benefits of hemp seeds include:

  • Being rich in Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA), a necessary building block for some prostaglandins, these are hormone-like chemicals in the body which aid to smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature, and are vital to other body functions. Researchers have surmised that GLA supplementation is necessary for proper hormone health, which is probably why many women suffering from PMS symptoms have been helped by using it.

GLA and GLA-rich foods like hemp seeds have also been seen to help people with:



Breast pain

Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Multiple sclerosis


Premenstrual syndrome

Rheumatoid arthritis

Skin allergies


  • Research has shown that hemp seeds and hemp seed oil can be helpful in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. A study published in the Journal of Ethno-pharmacology took a look at hemp seed oil’s effects on arthritis. What researchers found was hemp seed oil treatment lowered the survival rate of MH7A rheumatoid arthritis fibroblast-like synovial cells, and at certain doses it even promoted cell death. They concluded that hemp seed oil has anti-arthritic effects, which can help patients suffering from its symptoms.


  • Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant and can help you feel full longer and reduce sugar cravings. Some experts recommend that adding four tablespoons of the seeds to your breakfast will help curb excess hunger the entire day. This is partly due to the fibre in hemp seeds, which promotes satiety and in turn aids weight loss.


  • High in insoluble and soluble fibre, which aid digestive health, hemp seeds provide more than enough bulk to keep your gastrointestinal system regular. Additionally, this healthy mixture of roughage feeds the probiotics in your gut and helps secure a robust immune system.


One of the benefits of high-fibre foods like hemp seeds is the ability to help relieve constipation. A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology and conducted at Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Chinese Medicine comprised two parts: a placebo-controlled clinical study and dose determination study. Subjects were studied in a two-week run-in, eight-week treatment and eight-week follow-up plan who had excessive syndrome of constipation and were given hemp seed pills.

The researchers found that a dose of 7.5 grams was effective and therapeutic and that the hemp seed pill treatment was effective for relieving functional constipation.


  • Hemp seed benefits for skin, nails and hair go a long way in improving dry, red, flaking skin. Mostly used in high-end cosmetic products, hemp oil is often included in lip balms, lotions and soaps. The oil in hemp seeds penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes healthy cell growth — the recipe for smooth, soft skin. In fact, researchers studying the effects of hemp seed oil on atopic dermatitis, or eczema, a skin condition that causes inflammation and dry skin, found that patients’ symptoms improved with the use of the oil.


Since hemp seed oil is also good for skin disorders, such as psoriasis and eczema, it’s a good idea to eat at least a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds every day to maximize these benefits as well.


  • Because of its perfect fatty acid profile of omega-3 fats and GLA, hemp seed helps naturally balance inflammation levels and strengthen the immune system.


  • Some of the key ingredients in building a healthy heart include fibre, plant-based protein, healthy fats and eating less sugar. Hemp seeds help in doing all of those things. Research in animals and humans strongly suggests that hemp seeds can improve cardiovascular health and reduce high blood pressure.


Protein is regarded as a ‘macro’ nutrient meaning it should make up a large portion of your nutrient intake. The quality of protein you eat should therefore be somewhat of a priority, particularly for athletes who require even higher amounts of protein to keep their body strong and lean. Hemp Seeds not only contain a lot of protein (approximately 33g of protein in 100g of seeds), as a protein source it is nutritionally superior to most if not all other protein sources owing to a number of factors.

Hemp is an organic, non-allergenic, non-GMO, digestible, wholefood.

Not many other high protein sources can make all these claims. Examples would include:

Soya Beans, these are about 13% protein when freshly picked. This increases to about 37% protein after being dried to remove moisture. Although this sounds pretty good, soya beans are mostly genetically modified - over 80% of the world’s soy is genetically modified. For those who are not yet aware, GMO foods are very harmful to humans.

Whether GMO or organic, Soy is a cause of allergies to a substantial number of people, it is also difficult to digest and raw soy beans contain toxic chemicals that interfere with digestion and are suspected of causing various other metabolic problems. This requires chemical processing which can result in harmful contaminants in the final product.

Rice Protein Powder does not cause allergies in most people yet it is not a whole food. Rice grains naturally contain a very small amount of protein (2%). They are mostly carbohydrate (90%) and therefore do not need to naturally contain compounds that assist in the digestion of protein. To turn rice into high protein powder requires chemical processing which removes the few digestive aids that were there to begin with. It also retains a high sodium content which causes fluid retention. Independent tests have revealed that most Rice protein powders contain high levels of toxic heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and mercury.

Hemp is the only plant to create and store its protein in the form of Edestin and Albumin. These are the forms that the human body already uses for the proteins in our blood and immune system and are therefore easily recognized and processed using minimal amounts of energy and it does not contain enzyme inhibitors.

Hemp seeds have been consumed as a staple food all over the world for thousands of years. They are an important dietary component because they contain an abundance of essential nutrients that are:

  • Balanced -even on their own they provide much of what your body needs without over-supplying some nutrients while causing a deficiency in others.


  • Digestible - they don’t require cooking, soaking or crushing, your body can easily take what it needs and eliminate what it doesn’t. So your body isn’t wasting energy or suffering stress the way it does when trying to extract nutrients from animal or processed foods.


  • Safe - unlike many foods we consume daily, Hemp seeds do not burden your body with toxins, allergens, GMO’s or undigested waste materials.


  • Sustainable - you don’t have to destroy anything, poison the planet, exploit the ocean or risk anyone’s safety to obtain Hemp Seeds; they grow just about anywhere without needing fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides and require far less water than wheat, rice or soy.


We also know that Hemp has literally thousands of beneficial uses. Food, fibre, fuel, fabrics, furniture, medicine, building materials, paper, bio-plastics and the list goes on. This is a plant which delivers it all.

While doing all this, Hemp removes more CO2 from the air than trees do and is highly pest, weed and drought resistant. So, unlike corn, cotton, soy, wheat and rice, Hemp uses a lot less water and doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides. It also yields food that is more nutritious than all these others combined and doesn’t cause any allergies.

 (HT  https://www.hemptank.co.uk/news/upcoming-projects/)


 Hemp seeds have been consumed as a staple food all over the world for thousands of years. They are an important dietary component because they contain an abundance of ESSENTIAL NUTRITENTS that are:

  • BALANCED - on their own they provide much of what your body needs without over-supplying some nutrients while causing a deficiency in others.

  • DIGESTIBLE - they don’t require cooking, soaking or crushing, your body can easily take what it needs and eliminate what it doesn’t. So your body isn’t wasting energy or suffering stress the way it does when trying to extract nutrients from animal or processed foods.

  • SAFE - unlike many foods we consume daily, Hemp seeds do not burden your body with toxins, allergens, GMO’s or undigested waste materials.

  • SUSTAINABLE - you don’t have to kill anything, poison the planet, exploit the ocean or risk anyone’s safety to obtain Hemp Seeds; they grow just about anywhere without needing fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides and require less water than wheat, rice or soy.  (HFA https://www.hempfoods.com.au/page/nutrition/)


Hemp seeds contain the highest amount of PUFAs (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) like Omega 3 and 6 - level with Walnuts for the #1 position at around 47g of PUFAs in every 100g of seeds.


The highest quality and quantity of Protein. Hemp protein is gluten-free with a complete Amino Acid profile and Hemp is the only plant to make protein from Edestin making it more digestible than other forms of protein like Soy. And unlike Soy doesn’t cause allergies or contain estrogen compounds. Every 100g of Hemp Seeds contain approximately 33g of this high quality protein.


  • GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) - one of only five known sources (Borage seed, Evening Primrose seed, Black Currant seed, Carrot seed, Wheatgerm) of this ‘wonder’ oil believed to be important for preventing inflammation.

  • 15 times as much fat-fighting CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) as fish oil.

  • Practically no Carbohydrates with less than half a gram of sugar per 20g serving.

  • Gut-cleansing Fibre.

  • Cholesterol-fighting Phytosterols - 1480mg per 20g serving.

  • Minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.

  • Vitamin E plus other Antioxidants.

  • B Vitamins including Folate.

  • Vitamin D3 - the only known plant food source of this bone-building “sunshine” vitamin.




Have you ever wondered why there is so much interest in Omega 3? Is it just another nutrient like Protein or Vitamin C? What does it do and what’s the best way to get Omega 3 for your body? Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid or PUFA that occurs naturally as an oil in some grasses, seeds and aquatic plants. In 1981 it was realised that Omega 3 and Omega 6 cannot be made by human bodies so just like Vitamin C, were given the official designation of being “Essential” meaning:

  • you can’t survive without them

  • your body can’t make them

  • you must obtain them from your diet

At the same time it was discovered that these Omega Oils are easily damaged by heat, air and light and that if you eat damaged oils they not only fail to correct a deficiency, they act as poisons making things even worse. The bright lights in supermarkets speed up the oxidation of these oils causing them to give off an upleasant smell and taste. So food manufacturers routinely use heat and chemicals to remove Omega oils from foods to extend shelf life. Cooked or processed foods are not a good way to get your essentials. According to healthy fats pioneer and expert on Omega oils, Dr. Udo Erasmus: “more health problems come from eating bad fats and bad oils than any other part of nutrition”.

What Omega Oils Do

For starters, Omega 3 and 6 make up a core component of every cell in your body - the cell membrane. Ignoring water content, 60% of your brain is made of Omega 3 and Omega 6 (30% of each). Secondly, the body is constantly renewing itself, for example your skin cells are completely replaced over a period of 15-30 days which means you constantly need a fresh ‘daily’ supply of Omega Oils to rebuild all the cells that get replaced every day. Additionally they both play critical roles in:

  • energy metabolism

  • protein metabolism

  • mood

  • memory

  • concentration and learning

  • hormones

  • immune function

  • skin health

  • healing

So while deficiency of Vitamin C can cause connective tissue problems and deficiency in Vitamin D can cause bone problems, deficiency in Omega 3 and 6 cause problems in every part of your body. Connective tissues, bones, eyes, hair, cardiovascular, brain, muscles, reproductive system, digestive system - everything can suffer if you are not eating enough of these oils. The flip side of this is that people can notice widespread improvements in their health when they do start taking in enough of them.

Is There An Ideal Ratio Of Omega 3 To Omega 6?

If you have been researching Omega 3 (Alpha Linolenic Acid or LNA) and Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid or LA) you may have heard that the World Health Organisation recommends a ratio of LNA to LA of 1:4 or more simply put that the ratio of LA / LNA is 4 - both of which suggest that you should eat 4 times as much Omega 6 as Omega 3. If you actually read the World Health Organisation report, that is not what it says. It states “there is no compelling scientific rationale for the recommendation of a specific ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3” It goes on to recommend that intakes should fall within a certain range to be optimal for human health. What is this range? Their recommendations are that 0.5 - 2% of your calories should come from Omega 3 with intakes closer to 2% corresponding to a ‘healthy diet’. They recommend 3 - 9% of your calories should come from Omega 6 with intakes in the mid to higher part of that range corresponding to a ‘healthy diet’. This gives a range of LA/LNA from about 3 to 5.

As you can see, Hemp Seeds and Walnuts are the only known food sources that on their own provide Omega 3 and 6 within the recommended range.

Is Omega 3 More Important Than Omega 6?

Dr. Udo Erasmus recommends a lower LA/LNA ratio from 0.5 to 1 and states that if you go any lower than 0.5 (ie. more than twice as much Omega 3 as Omega 6) you will create an Omega 6 deficiency. So perhaps the range should be from 1 to 5 times as much Omega 6 as Omega 3. The evidence thus far suggests that Omega 6 is at least as important as Omega 3 and possibly even more important. So why all the fuss over Omega 3 with a lot of marketing pushing us towards focusing on Omega 3 and even avoiding Omega 6? The reason: if what you sell contains only Omega 3 or huge amounts of Omega 3 with very little Omega 6, you’ll get more sales if you make Omega 3 the hero while making Omega 6 the enemy. This has been a tactic developed and very effectively deployed by the Fish Oil industry but also taken up by some selling Flax, Chia and the new one Sacha Inchi (Incan Peanuts) all of which fall outside the recommended LA/LNA range but are enjoying a nice ride on the Fish Oil fuelled “Omega 3” wave.

Don’t We Already Get Too Much Omega 6?

True, the modern Western diet is reported to have a LA/LNA ratio closer to 100 (100 times as much Omega 6 as Omega 3) however keep in mind that this huge imbalance is not due to people eating too much healthy, undamaged Omega 6, it’s from a diet full of toxic Omega 6 that has been damaged by heat, chemicals, air and light. For example, Margarine is synthetic Omega 6 and whenever you see “vegetable oil” on a food label - that’s heat treated Omega 6. Popping a few Omega 3 capsules thinking it will bring the ratio back into balance is false logic and not a substitute for cleaning up a toxic diet. Those people eating a modern diet are actually deficient in both Omega 3 and 6. A better approach would be to stop eating so much fried, processed food and increase fruit and vegetable intake while introducing a clean, balanced, undamaged source of both Omega 3 and 6 - like Hemp.

Why Hemp Is The Best Source Of Omega 3 and 6?

For a long term healthy diet, Hemp Seeds and Oil are superior to other sources of Omegas. Hemp Seeds:

  • Contain more Omega 3 and 6 than other sources.

  • Provide GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) which isn’t found in Fish, Flax, Soy, Chia or Sacha Inchi.

  • Are more sustainable and obtainable than other sources.

  • Are easier to eat - taste good and don't require soaking, roasting or crushing to be usable.

  • Easily satisfy dietary Omega oil needs without risk of causing deficiency. For the average adult consuming 3000 calories per day they would satisfy the recommended daily Omega Oil intake with 2.5 tablespoons of Hemp Oil or 4.5 tablespoons of Hemp Seeds.

  • Provide higher quality and quantity of protein than any other food source.

  • Provide the B Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids necessary for utilisation of Omega oils.

  • Are naturally rich in Gamma Tocopherol, the most potent form of Vitamin E and the preservative of choice for Omega Oils.

Fish or Hemp: What is essential?

When we talk about essential fatty acids, the term “essential” actually only applies to Alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA) and Linoleic Acid (LA) - the two Omega oils found in plants but does not apply to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) or Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), the Omega 3 derivatives found in Fish Oil. The reason is that your body can and does convert LNA into EPA and DHA, so you don’t need to eat EPA or DHA - you only need to make sure you have enough LNA and your body can make the others from it. FACT #1 - the EPA and DHA found in Fish Oil are not essential dietary components. But what about claims that your body cannot convert ALA (as found in Hemp Oil) into EPA and DHA or that the conversion rate is too low? That claim was not true when the fish oil industry invented it and it is not true now. Your body can convert ALA into both EPA and DHA. Various factors influence how much conversion takes place but the research is well established that at least 20-30% of Omega 3 LNA gets converted into the Omega 3 derivatives EPA and DHA. FACT #2 - Omega 3 from plant sources are converted into EPA and DHA in your body. Things that enhance the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA are:

  • Protein

  • B Vitamins

  • Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium

All of which are found in high abundance in Hemp Seeds. Another thing which increases the conversion of ALA into EPA and DHA is being vegetarian. Research at Cambridge University showed that conversion is 22% higher in vegetarians than in people who eat fish. FACT #3 - Vegetarian bodies are better at metabolising ALA Omega 3 A few other things you should know about Fish Oil. Firstly, wild and farmed fish all over the world are known to be contaminated with dangerous toxins such as Mercury, Dioxins and PCBs. This is why the British Government Food Standards Agency and others publish public warnings to limit the amount of fish eaten, especially in pregnant women.

How Much Do You Need?

Firstly, let us state that this information is purely for educational purposes, do not take this as nutritional or medical advice - you may consult your medical practitioner (GP) for this. How much you need would depend on your size, activity level, health status, sex and a whole lot of other factors. The National Heart Foundation of Australia recommend all Australians consume a combined total of 500mg of EPA and DHA every day. Knowing that approximately 30% of LNA from plant sources like Hemp is converted to EPA and DHA in the body this means that 1 tablespoon of Hemp Seeds or half a tablespoon of Hemp Oil per day would satisfy the Heart Foundation guidelines .

Fish Do Not Make Omega 3

Fish don’t even make Omega 3 - guess where they get it from? Plants! Fish must eat plankton and algae in the ocean to obtain Omega 3 or they must eat other fish that have eaten plants. So why not cut out the smelly non-essential middleman and go straight to the original clean green Omega machines, plants, of which hemp comes out the winner, again.  (HFA)


HEMP SEED NUTRITION LINK http://www.hempfood.com/nutrition.html


Shelled hempseed is a great source of the essential fatty acids Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid, as well as the hard-to-get Gamma-Linoleic Acid. While most foods have little if any, HempNut is over 36% Essential Fatty Acids, and in nature's perfect balance of 1-to-3 omega-3:omega-6 (according to Dr. Udo Erasmus). It contains 31% complete and highly-digestible protein, 1/3 as edestin protein and 2/3 as albumin protein. This protein profile is second only to raw uncooked soybeans (35% vs. 31%), and the amino acid profile is superior to soybean, human milk, and cow's milk, and similar to egg whites. Excellent protein efficiency makes HempNut ideal for medical foods and other special diets. We have yet to hear of an allergic reaction to shelled hempseed, and it contains no gluten. (HF.com)


Hemp seeds are one of nature’s superfoods. They are one of the best sources of complete plant-based protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids, without any of the phytic acid in soya, so all the lovely nutrients can be absorbed by the body. The oil from hemp seeds is higher than fish oils in omegas 3, 6 & 9, in the perfect balance for the human body. The oil is also high in vitamin E, making it wonderful for cosmetics and skin care – an anti-ageing treat! It’s also non-comedogenic, so won’t clog your pores – great for oily or spot-prone skin.

High in fibre, the hemp seed shell is also a rare nutritional source of vitamin D for when the sun isn’t shining. The combination of protein and fat that is provided by the seed make it an excellent replacement for meat or dairy products, great for cutting down on animal protein for more plant-based and ecologically-friendly diets. (Hempen https://www.hempen.co.uk/about-hemp/)


The ingredients from the industrial hemp plant are an absolute must for an active and healthy lifestyle. Hemp provides, among other things, CBD (cannabidiol), oils and seeds, all packed with extremely healthy substances and guaranteed free of chemical additives. HempFlax contributes to the well-being of humans and animals!  (HF  https://www.hempflax.com/en/applications/nutraceuticals/ )



  • Hemp fibre is the ideal basis for all kinds of super foods

  • Hemp Seeds are full of essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9), amino acids and dietary fibre

  • Their low glycemic index makes Hemp Seeds very suitable for diabetics

  • Not only are hemp seeds just as tasty as many other nuts and seeds, they're also healthier

  • Hemp proteins are beneficial for the muscles- the perfect vegetable alternative to your protein consumption

  • CBD products are health-promoting dietary supplements: good for the digestive tract and very energy enhancing

  • CBD is an extremely powerful antioxidant, naturally anti-aging and immunity enhancing (HF)