Hemp seeds are an outstanding source of many vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids – all of which are not usually combined within a single wholefood product like they are in hemp seed.
The importance of protein and the type of protein hemp has to offer:
There are twenty one amino acids within the body – of these, there are eight that the body is unable to make at all and two of which the body cannot make enough of. Because the body cant synthesis these amino acids, they are called ESSENTIAL. The other amino acids are not essential as the body can synthesis them itself.
Hemp seeds are considered a “complete protein” i.e. containing all 21 the amino acids – very few vegetable protein sources have a complete amino acid profile.
Meat has a complete amino acid profile, so hemp seeds are a perfect protein source for vegetarians.
Spirulina also contains a complete amino acid profile, however what is unique about hemp seed protein is that 65% of it is globulin edistin, which is the highest in the plant kingdom. Edistins assist in making antibodies, some hormones, haemoglobin and enzymes – i.e. enzymes cause reactions to take place.
No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in such a perfect ratio to meet human nutritional needs. In addition, hemp seed has exceptionally high levels of the amino acid Arginine. Studies have found that arginine supplements can improve the function of blood vessels, enhance coronary blood flow, lower blood pressure, and even reduce angina and other symptoms in people with heart and/or vascular disease
The Essential Fatty Acids found in hemp are also of a unique ratio. Hemp protein provides the essential fatty acids (EFAs) omega-3 and omega-6 in a healthy 3:1 ratio. Hemp is also one of the few sources of the hard-to-get gamma linolenic acid (GLA), another important source of omega-6 EFAs. All these essential fats are found abundantly in hemp and are great sources of energy.
Essential fats found in hemp may reduce food cravings and inflammation and improve circulation.
Hemp is an excellent source of dietary fibre. Every two tablespoon serving of hemp protein delivers 8g of fibre – this is almost one-third of the total daily requirement of 30g.
Vitamins and minerals
Good source of B vitamins – particularly Niacin (B3), Thiamine (B1), Folate (B9) and vitamin B6. This plant protein also provides antioxidants, is very high in Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and chlorophyll.
Health benefits of hemp protein
- Increased energy/productivity
- Improved metabolism
- Reduced food cravings
- Reduced cholesterol and blood pressure
- Improved immune system