Try a little hemp seed in your morning smoothie and you're in for a pleasant surprise ... but not one of the mind-altering variety. Hemp seed, long an overlooked superfood for its misunderstood association with marijuana, is now starting to make a big impact on the health food scene with both consumers and scientists alike. Below is a list of the potential health benefits of hemp seed:

  1. Promote heart health
  2. Reduce the risk of cardiac arrest
  3. Maintain normal cholesterol levels
  4. Treat certain cancers, including colon, breast and prostate
  5. Delay the neurologic effects of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
  6. Treat rheumatoid arthritis
  7. Prevent and treat osteoporosis
  8. Reduce inflammation
  9. Treat atopic eczema and psoriasis
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