- Increased energy/productivity
- Improved metabolism
- Reduced food cravings
- Reduced cholesterol and blood pressure
- Improved immune system
Hemp protein, made from the hemp seed, is a high-fiber protein supplement that can be used to enhance total protein intake for vegans and non-vegans alike. Hemp can be considered a superior protein source due to its above-average digestibility, which also makes it ideal for athletes. Additional benefits of hemp protein include potential immune enhancing and anti-fatigue properties, as well as kidney-protective effects.
Hemp is a remarkably diverse crop that can be grown for both food and nonfood purposes. Hemp seed, which is used to manufacture hemp protein, is composed of approximately 45 percent oil, 35 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates. The hemp seed possesses many nutritional benefits, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. In addition to its health benefits, hemp is very environmentally friendly, as it can be grown without the use of fungicides, herbicides and pesticides and it efficiently absorbs carbon dioxide.
High Quality Protein
Hemp protein is a high quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. The digestibility of any given protein is related to the concentrations of its amino acids. A study published in 2010 in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” tested the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDAAS) — a rating that determines the bioavailability of a protein — for various proteins derived from the hemp seed. The results showed that hemp seed proteins have PDAAS values greater than or equal to some grains, nuts and legumes.
Rich in Fiber
Hemp protein powders are rich in fiber, a nutrient that has a number of valuable health promoting properties. Diets rich in fiber can lower your risk for heart disease, type-2 diabetes, constipation and diverticular disease, notes the Harvard Public School of Health. A single serving of hemp protein powder can provide a significant portion of the 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day recommended for adults, children and older adolescents. For example, one brand of hemp powder contains 12 grams of fiber per 30 grams scoop, an amount substantially higher than most other types of protein.
According to an animal study published in 2008 in “Wei Sheng Yan Jui,” hemp seed protein may have anti-fatigue and immune enhancing benefits. Compared to a controlled group, mice given hemp seed protein had improved swimming times and decreased blood lactic acid. Another study published in 2011 in “Molecular Nutrition & Food Research” found that, in animal models, soy and hemp protein supplemented diets were able to improve kidney function and cardiac hypertrophy associated with kidney disease.
Hemp is a well-balanced vegetarian protein source that includes all of the essential amino acids. Not only is hemp one of the best veggie sources of protein, it’s easy for the body to digest and assimilate. Hemp also features plenty of other nutrients including abundant fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids.
Hemp has been cultivated for over 12,000 years around the globe. The hearty plant has been used as a food, fiber, textile, paper, and even fuel. It is believed that Tibetan women first discovered how to produce string and cloth from the hemp fiber.
Nutrition experts tout hemp seed because it is an easily-digested complete protein source that is also one of the richest vegetable sources of the Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Hemp seed contains chlorophyll and is a plentiful source of fiber and vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium.
For optimum health, Omega-6 and Omega-3 need to be consumed in a certain ratio. Nutrition experts recommend hemp seed due to its ideal 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 EFAs. Hemp seed oil is a rare food source of the “super omega-3” called stearidonic acid (SDA) that is the ‘first metabolite’ in the omega-3 family and therefore easy for the body to process. It’s also a plentiful and rare plant source of the ‘super omega-6′ EFA called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). There are only 4 significant natural sources of GLA: Hemp Seed, Evening Primrose, Borage and Black Currant, and of these, hemp seed is the only whole food source that has a wide variety of culinary functions.
- omega fatty acids
- amino acids
- fiber, zinc
- vitamin a
- iron, magnesium
Hemp protein comes from grinding the tiny, nutrient-rich seeds of the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. The seeds contain essential fats and proteins that your body needs to maintain your overall health. If you choose organic hemp protein powder, you’re assured it won’t contain any traces of chemical-based products leftover from cultivation. You can use hemp protein the same way you use any other protein powder. For the best texture, mix the powder with your choice of milk in the blender.
Where do the proceeds go?
All proceeds from the Hemp protein sales will go towards the continued funding of two very crucial programs for veterans in our community.
Grunts 2 Graduates
This program offers education, training, vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities to transition service members, veterans and guard members.
Re-Entering Friendly Lines
This program offers Holistic and Homeopathic approaches and remedies to treat pain management associated with PTSD/TBI. Some remedies and practices of holistic medicine include but are not limited to Reiki, Theta-healing, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Transcendental Mediation, Yoga, and Diet and Exercise.