(NaturalHealth365) The benefits of hemp protein have been widely-known for thousands of years by people throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Health experts love the fact that hemp seeds provide a rich source of gluten-free protein loaded with essential fatty acids and fiber. If you’re looking to cut back on meat consumption, but don’t want to compromise on protein intake – hemp seeds are a smart choice.
Hemp protein contains all the known amino acids and essential fatty-acids including essential nutrients not produced by the human body.
A great source of protein for health conscious consumers
Many plant proteins are called “incomplete” proteins, because they contain low amounts of one or more of the nine essential amino acids. These proteins do contain each of the essential amino acids, but not in a quantity sufficient to meet human body requirements.
Hemp protein supplies enough of the essential amino acids in both quality and quantity to meet the human body’s need. In particular, hemp protein is a quality source of the amino acids – arginine and histidine; along with the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cysteine – needed in the production of vital enzymes.
Speed up recovery time and cellular repair with hemp
Just about two-thirds of hemp protein is made up of edestin, a globulin protein found only in hemp seeds. Edestin is a type of plaint protein that is similar to protein found in the human body making it ideal to meet the cellular demands for things like DNA repair. Hemp protein is very easily digested and assimilated because it resembles the type found in the human body. The other one-third of hemp protein is albumin, which is another high quality globulin protein found in egg whites.
Hemp protein also contains relatively high levels of the branched-chain amino acids, which are important in the repair and growth of lean body mass – making a hemp protein shake a wonderful drink for active people.
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Hemp protein powder contains more total fat than many other protein powders; almost all of the fat comes from essential polyunsaturated fats; omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. The World Health Organization recognizes hemp as having the optimal balance of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids.
By the way, this fatty acid ratio is believed to be ideal in promoting health and decreasing inflammation within the body. Also, a proper balance of omega-6 to omega-3 in your diet helps to prevent heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Hemp is one of the few food sources, other than animal protein, that contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) a critically important fat – which protects against chronic diseases.
In addition, hemp seeds contains vitamins such as C, E, B1, B2, and carotene, which are in a fat soluble digestible form and trace minerals such as phosphorous, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Keep in mind, it’s the fat content which allows all of these nutrients to be properly absorbed in the body.
How to support a strong body and a healthy planet
Hemp seeds are not genetically modified, and therefore promote a healthy environment since it is easy to grow and doesn’t need herbicides or pesticides to flourish.
So, adding hemp protein to your diet will not only make you healthy – it will help heal the planet. Hemp oil can be cooked up to 300 degrees without reverting to unhealthy trans fats acids. So besides mixing the protein powder into juices, smoothies and protein shakes – you can use it in baked items and add it to oatmeal or other cereal; mix in yogurt or as a topping to vegetable and fruit salads.
With its rich, nutty flavor, hemp seeds can fill a global need for a locally-grown renewable source of nutrition for the world’s populations, since it is a hardy plant that can grow in a harsh environment without the need for toxic chemicals. How do you like to use hemp seeds – post your comments below.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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