Hemp protein is becoming more popular recently; what has spurred the new found interest in this historically well-known plant? Hemp Protein provides a balance in nutrients that is not found in any other plant-based protein food..
Hemp protein most importantly contains all nine of the life essential amino acids that our bodies require: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Histidine. Although it is not the only plant protein with this quality, it has this and much more that make it stand out and above other plant proteins. Hemp protein contains an almost perfect balance of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) Omega-3 and -6, a high content of fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Breakdown of Hemp Protein Nutrients
1) Branched Chain Amino Acids- These amino acids are found in all hemp protein and help to contribute towards a fast acting metabolism which can help increase and maintain muscle mass, while also helping muscles repair after strenuous work. For this reason, hemp protein and hemp protein powders are ideal for athletes and bodybuilders who want to focus on building and maintaining muscle mass before and even after a workout. Plenty of these amino acids can be found in hemp protein.
2) Ideal balance of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)- Hemp protein contains two of the good fats our bodies need: Omega-6 and omega-3. These unsaturated fats are essential to health. The best part about hemp protein is the ratio of these fats it contains. An ideal balance according to health agencies is about 4 to 1. However, in hemp this ration is even better at a ratio of 3:1. This is a quick way to improve any scarcity of these two EFA’s in your own body.
3) Edistine and Albumin- Hemp protein is the only plant protein that provides these two blood proteins which not only allow the other nutrients of hemp protein powder to digest and enter into the body faster, but help create antibodies to improve the immune system.
Hemp protein also includes a high source of fiber as well as a source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, and manganese. On top of all this it is very natural meaning gluten free and soy free.
Many people argue that hemp protein is a complete protein all on its own, however many hemp protein powders may contain other additives to enhance nutritional value. Just make sure that the label states the hemp is not genetically modified (non-GMO) and hemp could possibly be one of the best sources of protein and nutrients available to you.