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Everything you need to know about magnesium and health!

Everything you need to know about magnesium and health!

Did you know that magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body! It has so many different roles in the body that include regulating muscle, brain and nerve health, maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels, maintaining bone health, and assisting in the production of proteins and DNA! Despite magnesium’s importance in the body, it’s estimated that about a third of Australians do not get enough magnesium!

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Tips to help improve your memory and focus!

Tips to help improve your memory and focus!

There are lots of claims on the internet that certain supplements can help to improve memory and focus, but are these claims really true? These supplements are sometimes referred to as ‘nootropics’ that claim to improve brain function.  Let’s start with the more credible sources first…  One of the best things you can do for brain health, including memory and focus is..

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This is how you can get enough iron while on a plant-based diet!

This is how you can get enough iron while on a plant-based diet!

There are many benefits of consuming a plant-based diet that includes reduced risk of many health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer (1)(2). However, for a lot of people, transitioning to a plant-based diet can be a little bit scary as there is so much misinformation about what you should be eating. It’s important to know that there are some nutrient deficiencies that are more common on a plant-based diet, one of them being iron.. but did you know that you can find iron in many plant-based foods that can be easily consumed in the diet?

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Should you take Hemp Seed Oil and Turmeric at the same time??

Should you take Hemp Seed Oil and Turmeric at the same time??

Both hemp seed oil and turmeric (aka curcumin) are great anti-inflammatory foods. They work on some of the same, but also different inflammatory pathways. Chronic Inflammation can cause pain and is responsible for many chronic health conditions (1). Inflammation is a very complex topic, but I’ll do my best to explain…

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What’s sulforaphane and why you should eat cruciferous vegetables!

What’s sulforaphane and why you should eat cruciferous vegetables!

While you may have been told to eat your broccoli and cauliflower when you were a kid, I don’t think anyone actually anticipated the amazing effects that these cruciferous vegetables are capable of having on health. From anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties to their ability to support conditions that include cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, ageing, depression, behavioural conditions (ADHD & autism) and neurodegenerative conditions (eg. Alzhiemer disease). We now have the science to back up what mum said in the kitchen all those years ago! (1)

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The one anti-inflammatory supplement you’re probably missing!

The one anti-inflammatory supplement you’re probably missing!

I always get questions about fish oil and hemp seed oil. While these products are amazing in their own right due to their omega fatty acid content. There is another anti-inflammatory product that is often overlooked… let me introduce you to curcumin, or you may know it better as ‘turmeric’. I actually wrote an article earlier this week all about the powerful anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric that you can access by clicking here. Let me give you a brief run down though…

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The Powerful Anti-inflammatory Effects of Turmeric!

The Powerful Anti-inflammatory Effects of Turmeric!

Maybe you’ve seen this yellow spice at your local grocery, in your cupboard, or used as an ingredient in your favourite Asian recipes. However, there is a lot more to this spice than meets the eye and it is considered to be one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories on the planet!  Turmeric has traditionally been used in India for thousands of years as not only a spice in cooking, but also for its medicinal properties. Turmeric’s potential health benefits have been common knowledge in India for many years, but now science can help us to understand how this spice...

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How you can improve your nutrient intake from foods!

How you can improve your nutrient intake from foods!

When we eat food, our body starts to break the food in our mouth with digestive enzymes (chemicals in the body), these enzymes continue to do their work until they reach the small intestine, where the nutrients are then absorbed into the blood where they do their work. However, there are many reasons that can affect nutrient absorption that include..

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The benefits of taking CBD oil and how you can buy it in legally in Australia!

The benefits of taking CBD oil and how you can buy it in legally in Australia!

As of the 1st of February 2021, it is now legal to purchase CBD oil over the counter in Australia, but you may curious as to what CBD oil actually is and what these changes mean for you?

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The truth about Eggs, are they actually good or bad for you?

The truth about Eggs, are they actually good or bad for you?

So why does everyone think that eggs are bad? Well, as we discussed in the Friday Q&A two weeks ago we learned that fats aren’t actually bad for you and this concept has been misunderstood for a long time. Along with the notion that fats are bad for you, came the “cholesterol is bad for you” statement and guess what eggs contain… a large amount of Cholesterol! But what is cholesterol and why does it matter? 

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The 10 Amazing Benefits of Hemp Super Greens

The 10 Amazing Benefits of Hemp Super Greens

There are many different types of super green powders. You may have a super greens supplement in your home because you heard it was ‘healthy’ or you found it in the health food section at your local grocery. But what exactly do these greens do? how can they benefit our health? And what happens when you combine these greens with hemp protein. Let’s find out… 

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12 Reasons why you may be Hungry!

12 Reasons why you may be Hungry!

Welcome back to another edition of 3 question Friday! Every week our head nutritionist Ben answers 3 of his favourite health questions that you’ve been sending in. We’ve got some cracking questions this week! Congratulations to Karl, Sylvia, and Sandra who all won a $20 gift vouchers just for asking Ben a question. You can always ask Ben a question at ben@13seeds.com.au This week’s questions are…

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Plant-Based Protein Powders: Which one is right for you?

Plant-Based Protein Powders: Which one is right for you?

Deciding what plant-based protein to buy can be super confusing… There are so many different choices and it can be so hard to know what to pick! The good news is that plant-based protein powders can be just as effective as animal-based protein powders, plus you’ll have the added benefit of knowing you’re doing the environment a massive favour!  Whether you take protein powder for energy, recovery, muscle gain, weight loss, or overall health, plant-based proteins have got you covered! Let’s compare the different protein powders so you can choose what’s right for you!

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Cutting out Dairy: What does this mean for your calcium intake?

Cutting out Dairy: What does this mean for your calcium intake?

A common misconception is that we only get calcium from dairy. This is what the dairy industry wants you to believe. Despite dairy consumption having many benefits, it is not absolutely essential!  In fact, many plant-based foods contain calcium (see diagram), and to make it even easier many plant-based milks are fortified with calcium. Why is calcium so important? Calcium is not only important for bone health, but it also plays important roles in nerve health, heart health, muscle contraction and blood clotting.

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Antioxidants: Are they doing more harm than good?!

Antioxidants: Are they doing more harm than good?!

We can’t talk about antioxidants without first explaining what both free radicals and oxidative stress are! Oxidation is a chemical reaction that involves the moving of (or loss of) electrons. It is normal bodily process, however, results in the damage of cells and DNA in the body. When this ‘oxidation’ occurs, it creates unstable molecules called ‘free radicals’, that steal electrons from other molecules, this is where the damage occurs (aka oxidative stress)! 

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Ever wondered what a nutritionist does for gut health? Find out here!

Ever wondered what a nutritionist does for gut health? Find out here!

Why do we need gut health products? Well, the truth is many people actually don’t need any gut health supplements and just by eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle you can support your gut health. However, a lot of people may suffer from intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) and other inflammatory gut disorders (eg. Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis). Intestinal permeability can result in the damage of our gut lining through these little things called tight junctions that separate the gut from the rest of our body (1).

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Here are some tips to Sustain Energy longer!

Here are some tips to Sustain Energy longer!

Fatigue is super common in today’s fast-paced society! The first step to combatting fatigue is with a good night’s rest. You can help to improve your sleep hygiene by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, making sure your room is dark, and avoiding stimulants in the bedroom (eg. smart phones, tv etc).  You could try these for example:...

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5 simple tips to keep your kidneys healthy!

5 simple tips to keep your kidneys healthy!

Your two kidneys are bean shaped and about the size of your fist. Despite their size these little organs are capable of some impressive things.Their main role is to filter and remove waste products and excess fluid from your blood to make urine. In fact, every hour your entire blood supply cycles through your kidneys

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Is hemp seed oil the answer to these medical conditions?

Is hemp seed oil the answer to these medical conditions?

Hey guys! Welcome back to another week of our 3 Question Friday series. I’ve got some cracking questions this week that I had a lot fun researching! Congratulations to Allan, Irene, and Sandy who all won a $20 gift vouchers just for asking Ben a question. You can always ask Ben a question at ben@13seeds.com.au Let’s find out these answers! Allan wanted to know “Can CBD oil help with diabetes?” Irene was curious “Can hemp seed oil help with tinnitus in the ear?” Sandy was wondering “Any advice for hot flashes related to menopause?”   1. Can CBD oil help with...

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Hemp Oil - Anti-Ageing and Skincare - By Tony De Souza

Hemp Oil - Anti-Ageing and Skincare - By Tony De Souza

Hydrate and heal with hemp! Does your skin get dry and itchy in the cooler months? There are lots of things we love about winter in Tasmania, but icy winds on chilly mornings is not one of them! Even though the daylight hours are beginning to get longer having just passed the winter solstice, there is still a while to go before the temperature begins to climb and harsh outside conditions subside. Do you find that when the wind blows your skin gets irritated? You are not alone! Research has shown that many different types of people report experiencing dry skin, and...

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Benefits of Hemp Oil in Skincare - By Terry Memory

Benefits of Hemp Oil in Skincare - By Terry Memory

Renowned for their incredible health benefits hemp seeds are rich in the vital nutrients, such as calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, your body needs to stay healthy. In fact, hemp seeds are one of only a handful of plant proteins that contain all 20 of the amino acids, which are used to stave off infection, fight disease and prevent muscle atrophy.  See our Hemp Skincare range at www.13seeds.com.au 13 Seeds Hemp Farm

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Turmeric: Natural Treatment for Eczema and Itching

Turmeric: Natural Treatment for Eczema and Itching

Turmeric is a herb that is often used for cooking. It is the root of the South Asian plant; the Curcuma Longa, which is not just a kitchen favourite - but can also be an effective treatment for a number of health conditions. Containing curcumin, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that may make it an ideal, natural treatment for skin conditions such as eczema. Turmeric works by reducing the body’s inflammation-causing enzymes and providing treatment for inflammation of the skin. In fact, numerous eczema sufferers claim that the positive effects of turmeric surpass the various medicated lotions they’ve used. Turmeric has been...

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10 SIMPLES TIPS TO HELP MANAGE MENOPAUSE

10 SIMPLES TIPS TO HELP MANAGE MENOPAUSE

Most woman will experience natural menopause between the ages of 45-55 due to the reduced production of hormones that include oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in a woman’s ovaries. These diminishing hormones in the ovaries prevents the growth of uterus tissue resulting in no shedding of uterus (aka a woman’s period)(1).

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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

Plant Based 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?...

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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]

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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Everything you need to know about magnesium and health!

Everything you need to know about magnesium and health!

Did you know that magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body! It has so many different roles in the body that include regulating muscle, brain and nerve health, maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels, maintaining bone health, and assisting in the production of proteins and DNA! Despite magnesium’s importance in the body, it’s estimated that about a third of Australians do not get enough magnesium!

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Tips to help improve your memory and focus!

Tips to help improve your memory and focus!

There are lots of claims on the internet that certain supplements can help to improve memory and focus, but are these claims really true? These supplements are sometimes referred to as ‘nootropics’ that claim to improve brain function.  Let’s start with the more credible sources first…  One of the best things you can do for brain health, including memory and focus is..

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This is how you can get enough iron while on a plant-based diet!

This is how you can get enough iron while on a plant-based diet!

There are many benefits of consuming a plant-based diet that includes reduced risk of many health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer (1)(2). However, for a lot of people, transitioning to a plant-based diet can be a little bit scary as there is so much misinformation about what you should be eating. It’s important to know that there are some nutrient deficiencies that are more common on a plant-based diet, one of them being iron.. but did you know that you can find iron in many plant-based foods that can be easily consumed in the diet?

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Should you take Hemp Seed Oil and Turmeric at the same time??

Should you take Hemp Seed Oil and Turmeric at the same time??

Both hemp seed oil and turmeric (aka curcumin) are great anti-inflammatory foods. They work on some of the same, but also different inflammatory pathways. Chronic Inflammation can cause pain and is responsible for many chronic health conditions (1). Inflammation is a very complex topic, but I’ll do my best to explain…

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