The ultimate life-sustaining food
Nutritionally complete and perfectly balanced, Hemp seeds provides a hefty dose of complete protein, along with healthy fiber, chlorophyll, B vitamins, and minerals.
Hemp seeds' moisturizing, anti-inflammatory oils may be one of the most perfectly balanced on Earth, with the ideal ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, plus the rare Gamma Linolenic Acid (which you won't find in flax or chia).
These soft, buttery little seeds add nutty flavor and unparalleled nutrition to anything you can imagine: smoothies, nut butters, trail mixes, nut milks, bar formulas, soups, salads, desserts, baking, and more.
Not only are hemp seeds the perfect food and daily supplement, they're also ultra-sustainable when grown organically.
Hemp is one of the most sustainable crops on Earth. Since the earliest recorded history (and going far into the archeological record), mankind has thrived alongside the hemp plant, which requires very few inputs to grow. Hemp also provides a wide variety of raw materials that can replace unsusatainable fossil fuel waste, virgin forest extraction, and intensive cotton production.
The ELF Difference
Our supplier works closely with a group of about 20 hemp farmers, who are also shareholders in the company — a value-added incentive that makes these seeds more than just a commodity crop. (Many of our farms work on this level, often involving farmers in the processing of their product in order to reward them with a greater share of the final profits). This profit-sharing relationship not only rewards the hard work of these caretakers of the Earth, it also motivates them to keep quality, flavor, and nutrition as high as possible.
Our organic certified, GMO-free hemp seeds are harvested, processed, packaged and stored with utmost attention to ensure premium nutrient content and freshness.
After harvest, the hemp seeds (in-shell) are collected in a state-of-the-art processing facility for grading and storage. Each batch of hemp seeds is made to order to ensure freshness.
The seeds' hard outer shell is machine-cracked and run through a series of mesh sequences that separate the shell from the nutritious inner kernel, or the "hemp heart" as it's sometimes known. All this is done at RAW temperatures to protect delicate omega oils from oxidation, and batches are regularly tested for purity and quality. The freshly-shelled seeds are packaged in air-tight containers with inert gas to ensure freshness, dated, and shipped to our warehouse in Los Angeles.
As with all hemp products imported to the US, our hemp seeds are tested and validated to contain 0.00% THC, so they will not cause a false positive drug tests or psychoactive effects.
Nutrition: Contents & Benefits
Hemp seeds are truly a wonder food. Not only do they contain complete protein, chlorophyll and an abundance of minerals and vitamins—they are also rich in perfectly balanced essential omega fatty acids.
Unlike soy and many grains and seeds, hemp seeds have no phytic acids — the anti-nutrients that block mineral absorption. While many vegans and RAW foodists have learned to soak their nuts and seeds to enhance digestibility, that's totally unnecessary with hemp seeds! Just eat them by the handful, or add to smoothies and meals throughout the day.
Protein: Content and Quality
Hemp is famous as a complete protein, providing all the essential amino acids and then some. It's also incredibly high in total protein content, at a whopping 33% (about as much as soy).
Of hemp's amino acids, it's particularly high in arginine (12%) and histidine (27%), which are important for childhood growth and development. Hemp also contains the sulfur amino acids methionine (23%) and cysteine (16%), which the body uses to build enzymes. Athletes and body- builders also love hemp for its fairly high levels of the branched-chain amino acids.
Although standard nutritional recommendations focus on merely providing sufficient quantities of essential amino acids to ward off obvious deficiencies, this does not mean that consuming more of certain proteins and amino acids is pointless. The body knows what to do when given the proper building blocks. This is where hemp seeds come in. Hemp is particularly rich in a protein called globulin edistin (65%) as well as albumin, proteins which are structurally similar to those in human blood plasma. These proteins prime the body to produce proteins called gamma globulins, which are crucial components of the immune system.
Carbs / Fiber
Hemp seeds are very low in starches and sugars: perfectly suited for low-carb diets. Hemp seed's minimal carbohydrates comes primarily from fiber. This fiber is both soluble and insoluble, making it optimal for supporting both digestion and heart health.
Vitamins and Minerals
Hemp seeds provides vital nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and chlorophyll, which is a potent detoxifier.
3 tablespoons provide: Iron 20% RDA Phosphorous 45% RDA Zinc 20% RDA Magnesium 45% RDA Manganese 110% RDA Thiamin 25% RDA
Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3 & 6
Depending on how you look at it, the typical modern diet is either dangerously low in omega 3s, or dangerously high in omega 6s, because the ratio of these two oils is important to how they affect the body. Too much omega 6 can lead to chronic inflammation, immune deficiency, cardiovascular disease, hormone imbalance, and possibly neurological problems.
Regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, as well as protect brain cells from progressive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Omega 3 is particularly important during pregnancy and nursing, since it is a major component of brain tissue.
Average diets contain far too much Omega 6, with almost no Omega 3. Many experts believe that our society's omega 3/6 imbalance (with up to 50 times more omega 6 intake than omega 3) could be a major contributing factor to the widespread incidence of these chronic diseases.
Although seafood is a major source of omega 3, seafood is increasingly loaded with toxins and depleting our oceans. This is why plant-based sources of omega 3 (chia, flax, sacha inchi, hemp, walnut, spirulina) are becoming increasingly popular as a way to counteract high levels of omega 6.
Unlike chia and flax, which are high in omega 3 and low in omega 6, hemp seeds offers the perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. As long as you're not already consuming too much omega 6, then hemp may be the perfect way to maintain a balanced intake of these two essential fatty acids. You can also investigate cutting down on consumption of other omega 6 sources (such as nuts) and replacing them with hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds' balanced omega 3/omega 6 levels may not be the only source of anti-inflammatory effects. Another substance found in hemp oil, Beta-caryophyllene (which is also found in pepper), seems to have anti-inflammatory effects as well.
Essential omega 6 fatty acids aren't inherently bad for you—they're "essential" for a reason! Hemp oil contains the rare Omega 6 known as gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which the body coverts into prostaglandins, which may also help to regulate inflammation.
A study in Finland demonstrated that regular consumption of Hemp seed oil increased blood concentration of essential fatty acids and significantly improved symptoms of atopic dermatitis
Due to GLA's effects on a special fat called brown adipose tissue (BAT), many studies suggest that it can increase metabolism and weight loss. This effect may also be due to GLA's interaction with the body's sodium potassium cellular pump, possibly increasing calorie burning at the cellular level.
Cholesterol & Heart Health
Hemp seeds are cholesterol-free and naturally increase the amount of good fats your heart needs to thrive while drastically cutting the bad fats that can cause heart disease and high cholesterol. These effects may also be due to hemp seeds' content of beta-sitosterol, which inhibits cholesterol absorption.