Hooray For Hemp!May 2, 2019
The numerous benefits of hemp protein have been known for millennia across the Middle East and Asia. Now with modern scientific evaluation, hemp has found itself in a group of super nutritious, nutrient dense foods known as superfoods. Hemp protein contains all the known amino acids and essential fatty-acids not produced by the human body, making it a great source of healthy fats. Based on these facts alone, hemp can provide many health benefits. But is that all this sinner turned superfood has to offer?
Hemp is a distinct variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, which can be grown to maximize the fibers in the stalk of the plant or seed production. Hemp has barely or even no measurable levels of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid most known for its psychoactive properties. Hemp protein powder is made from the seeds of the hemp plant. This protein is easy on the taste buds with a faintly nutty flavor. It is a high-quality vegan protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, plus fiber, healthy fats and minerals. No wonder we added hemp protein to our organic protein blend in our vegan protein powder!
With a history of use dating back thousands of years, hemp has been proven to be one of the most complete superfoods available. It is an incredibly rich source of minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and copper. Hemp protein products can contain up to 80% of the RDI for magnesium and 52% for iron per serving, as well as the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a healthy 3:1 ratio. Hemp also contains compounds called lignanamides which have strong antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage, which has been linked to chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes, so eating foods that contain antioxidants is good for your health.
Hemp is naturally high in the essential omega-6 fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Some studies suggest that people who do not get enough essential fatty acids — especially GLA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) — are more likely to have bone loss than those with normal levels of these fatty acids. In a study of women over 65 with osteoporosis, those who took GLA and EPA supplements had less bone loss over three years than those who took a placebo. Many of the women studied also experienced an increase in bone density.
Hemp seeds have an ideal 3:1 balance of omega-3 fatty acids vs. omega-6 fatty acids, which promotes cardiovascular health. More specifically, hemp protein powder contains linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that some studies suggest helps prevent coronary heart disease. A disease that is currently the leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, it has maintained this ranking as the No. 1 killer since 1921. Hemp seeds are also heart-healthy, high-fiber foods. By adding hemp protein powder to a morning smoothie you can naturally lower blood pressure, reduce LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides.
These are just a few of the many benefits this sensational superfood brings to the table. Hemp is a complete protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and heart healthy unsaturated fats. Making it a great protein choice for vegans who are looking to avoid gluten and soy. Plus with great flavors like our Chocolate and Vanilla, drinking your protein will be as pleasing to your tongue as it is to your body!