Healthier with Hemp Seeds

We are healthier with hemp seeds? To this we would say yes, because these little nuts have extremely beneficial, health-promoting properties.

Where Do Hemp Seeds Come from?

Hemp is considered to be the oldest cultivated plant in the world and has holistic uses: The seeds for nutrition, and the fibers for textiles and paper production.

During the Industrial Revolution, hemp was replaced by the cotton industry and other, cheaper raw materials. Only in recent years has the hemp plant been rediscovered, and is now gradually reappearing in German agriculture.

Doesn’t Hemp Also Have Something to Do with Drugs?

Here we have to distinguish between THC-free and THC-rich hemp. THC (tetra-hydro-cannabinol) is the intoxicating component of the hemp plant (cannabis) and the basis for hallucinogenic drug preparations like hashish or marijuana.

Varieties that are approved for seed use may contain a very small amount of THC, less than 0.2%. THC is mainly found in the flowering area of female plants, but is not present in hemp seeds.

What Makes Hemp Seeds So Healthy?

Hemp Seeds contain

  • Up to 30% protein. This hemp protein contains all the crucial amino acids.
  • In relevant quantities iron, magnesium, and zinc, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and vitamin E
  • Highly effective antioxidants, which counteract oxidative stress, i.e. cell damage caused by free radicals
  • No allergenic ingredients
  • No gluten
  • An omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of 3:1

The polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid, DHA, EPA) and omega-6 (arachidonic acid, linoleic acid) are essential, which means they can’t be produced by the body itself. Instead, they need to be included in the daily diet, and preferably in an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of at least 5:1.

While the messenger substances from omega-6 fatty acids promote inflammation, the ones from omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect.

However, most people today consume on average 15-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids, since omega-6 is overrepresented and omega-3 underrepresented in our daily diets.

Healthier with Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds

  • Primarily have a very anti-inflammatory effect as a result of this ideal fatty acid composition, and in turn help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia, all of which are associated with chronic inflammatory processes
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Relieve joint pain
  • Beautify skin and hair
  • Counteract cell damage caused by free radicals due to the antioxidants they contain

The ideal fatty acid and amino acid profile is especially pertinent to children, pregnant women, and athletes.

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Hemp Seeds: Hulled or Unhulled?

Hemp seeds (when unhulled) are small, crunchy nuts surrounded by a thin, woody fruit shell. The shells of the seeds contain chlorophyll and valuable fiber, they bind toxins, and they stimulate digestion. So there are plenty of reasons to eat them with the shells, but somehow this gives you the feeling that you have only shells in your mouth, and the delicious nutty flavor is completely lost.

Use Unhulled Hemp Seeds

Growing sprouts: Soak the unhulled hemp seeds in water for about 18 hours, drain them, and then rinse with water twice a day. After about 1 to 2 days, the sprouts will be ready. But be careful – not all hemp seeds actually germinate. They must not have been irradiated or heated.

Making hemp milk: 50 g hemp seeds with 1-2 dates and 800 ml water in the blender, mix for 1 minute and then pour the milk through a nut milk bag. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Use Hulled Hemp Seeds

Hulled hemp seeds taste fantastically nutty and are good for eating plain or as an ingredient in a variety of dishes.


Healthy Hemp Seed Recipes

Taboulé with Hemp Seeds

Taboulé originates from Arabic cuisine and consists of parsley, bulgur or couscous, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh mint. We use hemp seeds instead of bulgur – it tastes wonderful.


Homemade Mozzarella

The preparation is simple. I find the combination of hemp seeds and psyllium husks in this recipe exciting and delicious, and it actually has a mozzarella-like consistency!

Hemp Lemon Salad Dressing

Hemp Lemon Salad Dressing is a delicious dressing that gives your salad a terrific nutritional and fatty acid kick.


Buckwheat Berry Crunchy with Hemp Seeds

The buckwheat berry crunchy is nutritious – delicious – gluten-free – simply berry ♡


Almond-Hemp Raw Food Bread

This nut-seed crispbread is a real staple, and goes well with both savory as well as sweet spreads, like jam.


Protein Bars

These protein bars are great for growing boys and athletes. They contain pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and hemp powder, which means an excellent amount of concentrated proteins.

raw protein bars



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Ulrike Eder (Author)

Ulrike is a naturopath, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach and phytotherapist. Together with her husband, Jürgen, she leads the Holistic Nutrition Coach training program of Your Nutrition Academy.



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