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Zero Carb Drinks - Are they really safe?

Zero Carb Drinks - Are they really safe?

Ben has changed his opinion over the years. The reason why there was so much controversy in the health community for zero carb drinks being bad for your health was because of aspartame (an artificial sweetener) was found to be carcinogenic a study of female rats. Since then, other studies have mostly debunked these results due to being a poorly designed study, making zero carb drinks safer to consume than we once thought! (3)  There are no serious effects of consuming these drinks unless in ridiculous amounts (almost not humanly possible). In saying that there may be an effect on...

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Should you be buying collagen products? Here's the answer!

Should you be buying collagen products? Here's the answer!

While overconsumption of carbohydrates can cause weight gain, the main reason for weight gain is energy imbalance.  Energy imbalance can occur when we eat more energy from foods than use energy through movement (eg. exercise). What’s important to remember is that carbohydrates contain large amounts of energy (aka calories) and overconsumption can lead to weight gain...

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10 Easiest  Ways to combat fatigue & Get Your Energy Back

10 Easiest Ways to combat fatigue & Get Your Energy Back

Fatigue is one of the most common concerns that people suffer from! Why is it so common? and is there a simple way to overcome fatigue? Our Head Nutritionist Ben discusses some common causes of fatigue and some simple steps you can take to identify these potential causes and how you can start to reenergise your life!

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Can Hemp Seed Oil be effective for inflammatory bowel disease?

Can Hemp Seed Oil be effective for inflammatory bowel disease?

Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that include omega 3, omega 6 and GLA that have a role in regulating inflammation, for this reason hemp seed oil may be beneficial for conditions characterised by inflammation eg. joint pain (4).  Hemp seeds may also provide some benefit to the digestive system due to..

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The Keto diet - are they worth the hype?

The Keto diet - are they worth the hype?

Ketogenic diets and low carb diets are all the rage these days! You may have read on the internet or heard from a friend that it is the diet of the future… but why are keto and low carb diets gaining so much popularity and are they worth the hype?  We often get questions about if our products are “keto friendly”. Our hemp seed oil most definitely is, while other products in our range aren’t so suited to the keto diet. We thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the keto diet and...

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Have you ever wondered what a nutritionist eats for snacks?

Have you ever wondered what a nutritionist eats for snacks?

Yes we do! You can visit our recipes page by clicking here. When it comes to snacking Ben aims to pick something that is low in sugar for sustained energy release and high in protein that helps to improve satiety (feeling fuller for longer). Luckily for you, hemp seeds are efficient at meeting both of these requirements and are the perfect addition to your next snack time! 

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Have you considered these ways to improve sleep?

Have you considered these ways to improve sleep?

We get this question quite often in regards to Hemp Seed Oil and improving sleep. While we don’t have any scientific evidence for this we have had many customers explain that their sleep has improved since taking hemp seed oil – so if it works for you, do it! There are also many other factors to consider when it comes to getting a restful sleep such as diet, lifestyle and your environment.

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Alkaline diets: is there any truth behind it?

Alkaline diets: is there any truth behind it?

Welcome back to another 3 Question Friday! Don’t forget that you have the opportunity to win a $20 gift voucher to our online store if Ben selects your question! If you have any questions for ben you can email him at anytime at ben@13seeds.com.au Johnny wanted to know, “What are your thoughts on the alkaline diet?” Therese was wondering, “Do you have any suggestions for severe psoriasis all over the body and face?” Jan was curious, “Hemp seed oil and arthritic pain - does it help? Do you consume it orally or apply to the skin?” 1. What are your...

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The REAL REASON that Plant-based diets are gaining popularity in Australia

The REAL REASON that Plant-based diets are gaining popularity in Australia

Diets have always been a major part of culture and they often come and go just like fashion trends. More recently, you may have noticed that plant-based diets are getting a lot of attention with many people adopting the ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’ diet. There are many reasons for people choosing to adhere to a plant-based diet such as animal welfare, environmental factors (eg. climate change), religious beliefs, and cultural norms… but what exactly is a plant-based diet and why is it gaining so much popularity in populations around the world?   What exactly is a plant-based diet? Plant-based diets are...

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Tips to improve your motivation after a work-break.

Tips to improve your motivation after a work-break.

After a little break, it’s normal to feel a little unmotivated and may take some time to get back into the swing of things! Be kind to yourself and take it slow. Try to get back into routine by setting a routine around sleep and wake up time. You may also find it useful to create a to-do list (don’t overdo it though!). Ben explains that exercise has been super helpful with regaining motivation, whether that be a walk around the block or hitting the gym.

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The essential supplements for vegan diets in 2021!

The essential supplements for vegan diets in 2021!

Before making any radical changes to your diet, it’s always a good idea to get a blood test done to make sure that diet is right for you further down the track, and to identify any nutritional deficiencies that may arise. Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular for environmental, ethical and even health-based reasons. A plant-based diet may be particularly beneficial for heart disease that caused 1 in 4 deaths in Australia in 2018. However, with any diet some nutrient deficiencies can arise. In particular iron, vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids.

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5 simple tips to stay happy and healthy over the holiday period!

5 simple tips to stay happy and healthy over the holiday period!

2020 has been a crazy year for all of us! Staying healthy over the holidays can be particularly challenging. You’ll probably find yourself eating or drinking more than usual, but that’s ok! This is one time of year you get to kick your feet up and relax! We’ve got 5 simple tips that you can use to keep yourself happy and healthy over the break.   1. Be kind to yourself! People often set unrealistic expectations of themselves over the break. They’ll often want to keep the weight off, while eating more, drinking more and exercising less! As you can imagine...

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Is Hemp Seed Oil the new replacement for osteoarthritis medication?

Is Hemp Seed Oil the new replacement for osteoarthritis medication?

Everyone is always asking me how to keep the weight off over Christmas! It’s important to realise that over the Christmas break you will likely be eating more, drinking more and moving/exercising less – it’s only natural to add more weight. Instead, your focus should be on being kinder to yourself!  2020 has been a wild one, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Connect with your loved ones, and try taking a break from technology. There are still some simple things you can do such as getting a good nights rest, getting outdoors (walking, riding, swimming etc) and making...

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6 Hemp Based Smoothies you should try now!

6 Hemp Based Smoothies you should try now!

Hemp seed is among the healthiest and most sustainable  foods on the planet. That's why we are sharing 7 Hemp Based Smoothies you must try especially this holiday season.

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The complete hemp-based guide to inflammatory skin disorders

The complete hemp-based guide to inflammatory skin disorders

Inflammatory skin conditions can affect many of us and lead to feelings of anxiety, and low self worth. For a long time science dismissed that the diet has anything to do with skin disorders. What’s even more interesting is that 2500 years ago the famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates stated that “All disease begins in the gut”. More recently, studies have made it clear that nutrition can play a significant role in influencing skin conditions...

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Can Hemp Seed cure your Acne? [3QF]

Can Hemp Seed cure your Acne? [3QF]

Keeping in mind that acne is an inflammatory skin disorder, the first thing we should do is to remove inflammation! And guess what? Inflammation can found in the diet. Refined sugars can contribute to inflammation and acne. While the case is still out for dairy, there are some studies that indicate that dairy may play a role in acne development. 

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5 Healthy Hemp Recipes to Make Your Christmas Deliciously Nutritious!

5 Healthy Hemp Recipes to Make Your Christmas Deliciously Nutritious!

Hemp is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.  We’re sharing 5 Healthy Hemp Recipes that are sure to make your Christmas meals nutritious and delicious!

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Here is everything you need to know about Intermittent Fasting.

Here is everything you need to know about Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the most popular diets going round at the moment. From celebrities to athletes to every day people, many are raving about the benefits of intermittent fasting! But what exactly is intermittent fasting? And are there any real benefits? Let's go back in time to when our ancestors didn't consume your typical three meals a day. Instead they would have wait for their next meal based on their environmental circumstances. They could perhaps go hours, days, or weeks without a meal. Fast-forward to 2020 and you will typically find westerners eating a regular, timely spaced...

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Hemp Protein & Hemp Flour: Which one is for you??

Hemp Protein & Hemp Flour: Which one is for you??

Great question! So, our Hemp Seed Protein Powder goes through additional processing to extract more protein from the hemp seed and you end up with a finer powder that has more protein and is easier to digest. Protein is really important for growth, recovery and energy (1) and can be easily added to your cereals, shakes or smoothies.

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Chia Seeds vs Hemp Seeds - WHO WINS?

Chia Seeds vs Hemp Seeds - WHO WINS?

Hey all, Today I will be touching on a topic that I like to call "The battle of the seeds". We are considering doing comparisons for more seeds, so if you have a seed you would like compared - let us know and we can definitely look into it! Last week we had a question from Alan who asked “I’ve been taking Chia Seeds now for some time, do you have a product that could replace it?”   Hemp Seeds and Chia Seeds are both considered to be ‘superfoods’ due to their high nutritional content. There’s so much information on...

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Top 10 Aussie Nutrition Bloggers To Follow in 2021

Top 10 Aussie Nutrition Bloggers To Follow in 2021

Wanna live green and lean at the same time? We rounded down 10 Aussie Nutrition Bloggers to go around while living the greenest time of your lives!

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Increase your child's Iron and Protein with these secrets seeds.

Increase your child's Iron and Protein with these secrets seeds.

Hey all! Firstly, I wanted to start off by letting everyone know that today is Black Friday so we are celebrating with 30% OFF STOREWIDE! You can see our product range by clicking here.  Now, let's get straight into the fun stuff!  This week I received three great questions from Trish, Alan and Venus. These are:  1. Trish asked "My grandson is 6 years old and is low in iron and protein, he does eat meat and eggs but might not be absorbing the nutrients he needs. What do you think about giving him protein powder?" 2. Alan was wondering, "I...

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The Surprising Undeniable Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Hemp Oil

The Surprising Undeniable Benefits of Hemp Seeds and Hemp Oil

Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of polyunsaturated fats in nature. Further, Hemp Seeds present the best ratio of saturated to unsaturated fats, meaning that for every unit of "bad" fat consumed you get the highest reward of "good" fats (unsaturated)  

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This is how you can meet your protein RDI with solely Hemp Protein!

This is how you can meet your protein RDI with solely Hemp Protein!

Ben discusses the importance of consuming Hemp Seed products with a well balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and protein (both found in hemp seeds).

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The 13 Seeds Holistic Guide to Reducing Blood Pressure

The 13 Seeds Holistic Guide to Reducing Blood Pressure

What is high blood pressure?  Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood being pumped by the heart throughout the body in the arteries. High blood pressure occurs when the heart pushes blood hard into the arteries, while low blood pressure happens when the heart is relaxed1. A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg, while a high blood pressure is higher than 140/90 mmHg.     What happens if you have high blood pressure?  High blood pressure is a major risk factor for Heart disease Stroke Kidney disease Diabetes Eye disease Erectile dysfunction2 What causes high blood...

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How to CRUSH high blood pressure with Hemp Seeds!

How to CRUSH high blood pressure with Hemp Seeds!

Hey all,Welcome back to another episode of 3 Question Friday. Today I am answering three questions that I received during the week about blood pressure, hemp seed oil, and supplements! Geraldine was curious “I have read online that hemp seed oil can raise blood pressure in some people. Do you have any research on this at all?” Noela wanted to know “What is the difference between Hemp Oil and the Hemp oil capsules?” Linda was wondering, “Can you take magnesium, apple cider vinegar, vitamin c, and fish oil on a daily basis with a balanced diet?” 1. Research surrounding the relationship...

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Hemp and why the buzz?

Hemp and why the buzz?

The use of Hemp based products has risen astronomically over the past 5 years with the industry generating billions. The Chinese have been using it as a source of Eastern Medicine for thousands of years. It’s worth was so valued that at one point it was illegal not to grow it in the Unites States and it could be used as a form of payment for taxes. In the West, unfortunately due to it’s connotations with its mother plant, Hemp has not received the recognition it deserves. Hemp although grown from the Marijuana plant contains less then 3% THC, making...

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Here is how you can fuel your weight-loss with Hemp Protein!

Here is how you can fuel your weight-loss with Hemp Protein!

Last week we had a question from Carlee was wondering ‘Why hemp seed protein is sometimes referred to as a ‘skinny protein?’ In the past our head nutritionist Ben has discussed how energy balance is the most important factor when it comes to weight loss. Just a recap: Energy Balance is when there’s too much energy coming in from foods and not enough energy being used through movement/exercise that results in weight gain.1 However, protein intake in the diet can also influence weight gain! But what does the science have to say about it and how exactly does protein assist...

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CBD and Inflammation

CBD and Inflammation

The use of Cannabis as a form of medical treatment was legal until the 1938 when pharmaceutical companies started to campaign against its therapeutic properties. As it is a plant, legally any company or corporation can not have a patient over the product, thus making its synthetic counterparts a more financially viable alternative. With the push against large pharma companies and a desire to learn about the medicinal properties of natural therapies and herbs becoming a lucrative industry. Society is also undergoing a change to alternative and natural therapies. One of the largest booming industries has been the medicinal cannabis...

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The reason Hemp is called a 'skinny protein'

The reason Hemp is called a 'skinny protein'

Hey all! We are really starting to get into the groove of things with these questions, and I'm loving being able to answer them all for you. This week we have selected the following questions to be featured in our 3 Question Friday (3QF). 1. Carlee asked "Why hemp seed protein is sometimes referred to as a ‘skinny protein'?"2. Feheni was curious “If I’m using hemp seed oil, do I need to take other supplements to build the immune system?”3. Darren was wondering, “I am having some digestive issues, will probiotics help me?”     1. Hemp Seed Protein a skinny protein? What’s a...

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The EASY way to fix your gut health!

The EASY way to fix your gut health!

Gut health, its all the rage right now! So where did this ‘gut health’ concept come into public interest? Lets back track about ten years ago when some studies hit the mainstream media that found that different bacteria in the gut is linked to many different conditions. Fast forward to ten years later and now everyone is talking about it! But what exactly is gut health and why is it so important? What is gut health? When people talk about the gut, they are referring to what’s called ‘the gut microbiome’ which is a community of over 100 trillion bacteria...

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The 13 Seeds’ Ultimate Guide To Manage Inflammation Naturally

The 13 Seeds’ Ultimate Guide To Manage Inflammation Naturally

Are you tired of inflammation taking over your life? Are your joints and muscles aching with no relief? Are you ready to experience less pain and more joy? If you answered yes, then you’re ready to join millions of others who experience debilitating inflammation every day and are ready to make a change. Keep in mind, you’re not alone on this journey. According to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, one in three Australians experiences chronic inflammation (1). This means up to 30% of Australians have had their joy, health, and mobility taken from them by the...

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The reason that our bodies NEED magnesium.

The reason that our bodies NEED magnesium.

Magnesium is an essential mineral and electrolyte in the body that has a role in over 300 different systems in the body. Some of magnesium main roles are maintaining healthy nerve and muscle function, energy production, production of proteins (for growth and recovery), supports healthy bones and heart, and assists in good immune function. But what is its link to Hemp?!

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Is this the end for big pharma? Finally?!

Is this the end for big pharma? Finally?!

The battlefield was set amongst those that have political prowess and those that are simple victims of addiction served with a dose of Marketing. Oxycodone was hailed as a champion drug when released in the Unites States as an alternative to Morphine or other Codeine based medications. This sincere lie has unfolded in the eyes of the media but with little real effect or remedy.

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This is what happens when you heat your Hemp Hearts!

This is what happens when you heat your Hemp Hearts!

Don’t heat foods in plastics! Toxins found in plastics can leak into foods, disrupting many bodily systems, in particular hormones (eg. oestrogen and testosterone). Storing in plastic is ok!  

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Improve your sleep with Hemp Seeds! Here's how.

Improve your sleep with Hemp Seeds! Here's how.

Hemp Seeds contain high amounts of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. These amino acids produce chemicals in the brain that help to regulate our mood, behaviour and sleeping patterns. Melatonin is our sleep chemical and amino acids are required from foods to help in producing melatonin.

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Vegetarians are upping their Amino Acids from Hemp Seeds!

Vegetarians are upping their Amino Acids from Hemp Seeds!

Last Friday we received a really good question from Kate, who was wondering how many essential amino acids there are in Hemp Seeds and also whether they can help her to build muscle.  I wanted to address this today as we know she isn't our only community member that is enjoying a plant-based diet! So, let's dive into the answer..

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Hemp Seeds have THIS MANY amino acids?!

Hemp Seeds have THIS MANY amino acids?!

Even if you aren't a Vegetarian, there is nothing stopping you from giving your body all the sweet sweet nutrients that it needs through this one simple food. Did you know that Hemp Seeds contain all 9 amino acids?! That's right - and there's more...

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Hemp Seeds may help Depression and Anxiety suffers. Here's why!

Hemp Seeds may help Depression and Anxiety suffers. Here's why!

In light of Mental Health week, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about mental health with World Mental Health Day happening over the weekend. Not to mention the current circumstances taking place in the world right now with COVID-19. So, let's dive into a quick run down of why mental health is so important and some easy nutrition and lifestyle tips that can help to support your mental health and well-being!

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Improve your Mental Health with Hemp!

Improve your Mental Health with Hemp!

Hey guys! Welcome back to another 3 question Friday, this week we will be diving into these three topics. Topic one was a really great one that I would like to expand upon on Monday in light of Mental Health week that is starting tomorrow (Saturday October 10).  1. Jenny asked ‘can hemp seeds help with anxiety/depression?’ 2. Trish wanted to know ‘how much iron is found in hemp seeds?’ 3. Cheryl was curious if ‘hemp seeds are addictive?’  1. Can hemp seeds help with anxiety/depression? To begin addressing this point, it should be understood that anxiety/depression are generally not...

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Combatting Osteoarthritis with Hemp Seeds!

Combatting Osteoarthritis with Hemp Seeds!

We had a great question from Allan last week. Allan asked “I’m interested in using Hemp seed oil for pain relief for my osteoarthritis. Do you have a recommended product for this?”, so here’s what you need to know about how Hemp Seeds and Osteoarthritis work together!

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Did you know this about FASTING?!

Did you know this about FASTING?!

Fasting is not eating for a long period of time which allows the cells in our body the chance to rejuvenate as it reduces the natural death of our cells in our body (leading to the healthy regeneration of cells).

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Our top 4 Health Tips to survive lockdown!

Our top 4 Health Tips to survive lockdown!

If you’re based in Victoria, you’re likely still in tight lockdown restrictions like me. Everyone's experiences are so different during these unprecedented times. Some people are loving the current circumstance while others are doing it really tough! So, here is our 4 ways to crush COVID-19 lockdown!

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3 Question Friday - How much is too much Hemp Seeds?!

3 Question Friday - How much is too much Hemp Seeds?!

Today we will be diving into 3 great questions that I received throughout the week. These are “Can you consume too much Hemp Seed products?", “Does Hemp Seed Oil lose its benefits once heated?" and "What are some tips to get through the COVID 19 lockdown?" Put yourself to the test and see how many of these you already know!

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The reason Mothers love Hemp Seed Oil during pregnancy!

The reason Mothers love Hemp Seed Oil during pregnancy!

During pregnancy and breastfeeding the consumption of adequate nutrients in the diet is essential to ensure both maternal well-being and growth of the developing foetus. Energy requirements from foods remain moderately the same with a slight increase of energy depending on the mother’s activity status. However, there are nutrients that are required in greater amounts that include omega 3 fatty acids, protein, iron, iodine, calcium, folic acid (b vitamin), and vitamin D.

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3 Question Friday! Did you know this about Hemp and Pregnancy?

3 Question Friday! Did you know this about Hemp and Pregnancy?

In week 5 of our Q&A series - We dive into topics such as the difference between CBD and Hemp seed oil, Hemp seed oil during pregnancy and Hemp seed oil while taking blood thinners. Did you know this about taking Hemp seed oil during pregnancy?!

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Feel your best with Vitamin D and Hemp Seed Oil

Feel your best with Vitamin D and Hemp Seed Oil

Last week I received a question from Susan. Susan explained that she is currently taking Vitamin D3 daily and was wondering if she can take hemp seed oil at the same time.  The short answer, yes you can take them at the same time as both are completely safe. However, I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss vitamin D and its importance to our health.  What is vitamin D and why is it important? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and hormone (messenger in the body). One of its primary roles is regulating calcium levels in the blood...

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The difference between hemp seed oil and flaxseed oil!

The difference between hemp seed oil and flaxseed oil!

Hey all, Welcome back to my 4th week of 3 Question Friday's!! This weeks Top 3 Questions were: Susan asked “I take 2000 iu of vitamin D daily. Can I take Hemp Seed Oil capsules as well and would they add anything positive to my health?" Adele wanted to know "What is the difference between hemp seed oil and flaxseed oil?" Vicki is interested in "How can I get rid of Fatigue, and help my Adrenal Glands?"     Congratulations to Susan, Adele and Vicki who are this weeks winners of a $20 voucher for our store. If you have any questions that you would like answered, please ask away! You could...

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Can you take Turmeric and Hemp Seed Oil?

Can you take Turmeric and Hemp Seed Oil?

We had an interesting question from Jenny last week. Jenny asked “If I take turmeric and black pepper capsules, can I take hemp oil at the same time? So today we're going to explain to you what turmeric is, why you would use it, and how to take it! What is turmeric and what is used for? Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries that is known for its medicinal properties. The active compound in turmeric is called curcumin that can assist in the management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, high blood sugar,...

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The 13 Seeds Blog

Zero Carb Drinks - Are they really safe?

Zero Carb Drinks - Are they really safe?

Ben has changed his opinion over the years. The reason why there was so much controversy in the health community for zero carb drinks being bad for your health was because of aspartame (an artificial sweetener) was found to be carcinogenic a study of female rats. Since then, other studies have mostly debunked these results due to being a poorly designed study, making zero carb drinks safer to consume than we once thought! (3)  There are no serious effects of consuming these drinks unless in ridiculous amounts (almost not humanly possible). In saying that there may be an effect on...

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Should you be buying collagen products? Here's the answer!

Should you be buying collagen products? Here's the answer!

While overconsumption of carbohydrates can cause weight gain, the main reason for weight gain is energy imbalance.  Energy imbalance can occur when we eat more energy from foods than use energy through movement (eg. exercise). What’s important to remember is that carbohydrates contain large amounts of energy (aka calories) and overconsumption can lead to weight gain...

Read more →


10 Easiest  Ways to combat fatigue & Get Your Energy Back

10 Easiest Ways to combat fatigue & Get Your Energy Back

Fatigue is one of the most common concerns that people suffer from! Why is it so common? and is there a simple way to overcome fatigue? Our Head Nutritionist Ben discusses some common causes of fatigue and some simple steps you can take to identify these potential causes and how you can start to reenergise your life!

Read more →


Can Hemp Seed Oil be effective for inflammatory bowel disease?

Can Hemp Seed Oil be effective for inflammatory bowel disease?

Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that include omega 3, omega 6 and GLA that have a role in regulating inflammation, for this reason hemp seed oil may be beneficial for conditions characterised by inflammation eg. joint pain (4).  Hemp seeds may also provide some benefit to the digestive system due to..

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