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What’s better for you? Hemp seeds, chia or flax?

What’s better for you? Hemp seeds, chia or flax?

 

Let’s compare the super seeds.

There’s a few things our three favourite seed have in common. All contain some protein, dietary fibre, omega 3 ALAs and healthy fats to give you morning smoothie or bowl of porridge a nutritional edge. What’s important is that all three deliver this plant-based punch in different ways.

Let’s break it down.


Hemp seeds*

  • Best source of protein > a complete amino acid profile for muscle repair + high in edestin. Edestin is a globular protein in a highly digestible state
  • Rare source of GLA > an anti-inflammatory omega 6, best known for its role in providing nutritional support for women with PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Research also suggests it supports joint and heart health, as well as healthy skin, hair and nails for both men and women 
  • High in magnesium > 50% of RDI for men and 64% of RDI for women per serve
  • High in zinc > 21% of RDI for men and 37% of RDI for women per serve
  • Omega 3 to 6 ratio of 1:3
  • Naturally rich in Gamma and Alpha Tocopherol potent forms of Vitamin E that works to preserve the integrity of omega oils
  • High in fibre with 13g of soluble and insoluble fibre per serve

 

Chia seeds

  • Great source of omega 3 in a 3:1 ratio to omega 6
  • A source of calcium with more calcium per serve than milk!
  • A good source of phosphorus, which is essential for bone health, filtering waste out of the body and overall vitality
  • When it comes to fibre, chia seeds take the cake with whole seeds providing 50% fibre. They’re particularly high in soluble fibre which is why you’ll see chia expand in coconut milk or water like a tapioca pudding 

 

Flaxseed

  • Another great source of 3 in a 4:1 ratio to omega 6
  • Flax is high in a type of fibre called lignans and a material called mucilage, which expand in water. This adds bulk to your stool and can help prevent or treat constipation - we love these gut-lovin’ qualities of flax. A high intake of lignans has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, including breast and colon, although more research is needed
  • A good source of manganese which helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation.
  • A good source of vitamin B1 essential for the breakdown of fats and proteins in the body
  • Seeds need to be ground to get the nutritional benefit - whole flaxseeds will pass through your digestive tract undigested

 

Hemp, flax and chia seeds each have a unique nutritional profile, so there’s every reason to mix it up and enjoy them all in your diet. We include one to two tablespoons of one or more types of seeds in our diet every day.

 

 

*When we’re speaking to the protein and fibre content here, it mirrors our Hemple High Fibre hemp seed protein which is a whole seed protein

4 comments

Apr 20, 2018 • Posted by Priscilla Taylor

Hello,

I’ve been interested in working in the Hemp Industry for some time, and would like to know if you know of any positions available.
Either on a farm, customer service/dispatch, or as a distributor.
I’m currently looking for a new opportunity, and am quite flexible about location as well.

Would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions.

Regards,
Cill

Mar 14, 2018 • Posted by Rolf Mehrens

Hi I like to get a price for 5kg and 10kg of hulled hemp seeds. Cheers Rolf

Oct 13, 2017 • Posted by Armando Steuer

Very interested in the three seed hemp flaxseed chia more information please please ,I would like to know as much as I cann about these three seeds , and where do I buy them could you please email me as much as can on the above .
Kind regards
Armando

Oct 12, 2017 • Posted by David

Thank you for this amazing story on the befits of eating these seeds.I enjoy eating them in every meal every day.

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