In my post Chia Seed: The New Superfood, I spoke of the virtues of chia and flax seeds. However, I really should have included hemp seeds, another fabulous super-food. Hemp seeds are not only a complete protein (like flax), but they also contain Vitamin E, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals; they also have a good balance of Omega fats and contain GLA, both of which help reduce inflammation. Eating hemp may also boost the immune system. One more thing…unlike flax and chia, hemp is not actually a seed (it’s a fruit) and does not contain phytic acid (that pesky anti-nutrient found in wheat, nuts, etc. that prevents us from absorbing minerals). And no, for better or for worse, hemp seeds will not make you “high”. Try them in cereal, smoothies and oatmeal; eat them in good health.
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Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Natural Healing-Natural Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and other publications and newsletters. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.
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