5 Benefits of Hemp Protein
Hemp products have long been regarded as incredibly beneficial for our health. It positively affects not just our insides but outside, too. I, personally, have a great experience with a Hemp Seed Oil on my skin. I work nights and my skin often get very pale and tired but after using this oil it started to feel a lot more fresh and moisturised. This oil is so versatile that you can do virtually anything you want whether it’s skincare or an addition to your salad.
But let’s break down the benefits of the actual Hemp Protein:
#1 It’s a Complete Protein Source
Complete protein means that it contains all the nine essential amino acids needed by human body to function properly. A lot of plant protein sources don’t have a complete amino acid profile and therefore it’s required to eat a great variety of plant based sources to get the complete profile. Hemp, Pea and Soy proteins are all complete so, as a fitness supplement, these three are the best choice for vegans and the most common. Hemp protein however contains less Lysine than Pea and Soy so it is a little worse off regarding quality.
#2 It Contains Good Fats
Because Hemp protein is made of hemp seeds that are incredibly rich in oils. These oils are mostly removed during pressing but some of it (up to 10%) still remains in the product. Since pressing and grinding is basically the only processing the seeds go through, it’s ideal for people who prefer more natural supplement. However due to the fat content it might not be suitable for people with a weight loss goal.
Most hemp powders contain around 3g of fat per 30g (a serving) and it’s mostly omega – 3 and omega – 6 in a ratio of around 3:1 as opposed to around 15:1 in favour of Omega – 6 right now in our average modern “diet”. Both of these fats are incredibly beneficial to the body but unfortunately everything needs to be consumed in moderation. Very common foods with high contents of Omega – 6 fatty acids include:
- Peanut Butter
- Sunflower oil
- Lard and generally fat from meat
So you can see that if you look at our current eating habits we eat way too much of these, eventually causing us more harm than good. If the ratio of fatty acids (Omega – 6 and Omega – 3) is optimal, we can benefit from a balanced cholesterol levels because Omega – 3 lowers LDL levels (bad cholesterol). If however the ratio is way off the scales and we consume too much of Omega – 6, LDL starts to build up in our arteries because there is not enough of Omega – 3 to lower it and we are risking a cardiovascular disease.
#3 It’s a Great Source of Fibre
The lack of fibre has been a serious issue in recent years. According to www.cancerresearchuk.org, 28% of bowel cancer cases in the UK are caused by eating too little fibre and 54% of the cases are preventable!
Not to leave our American friends behind, according to www.health.harvard.edu, only 5% of Americans meet the daily requirements of 30g.
And we don’t have to go far. I am sure everyone knows someone with constant bowel issues, problems or discomforts. Maybe it’s even yourself.
One serving of hemp protein (30g) contain around 7g of fibre which is a little more than 1/4 of recommended daily intake. This is because of the little processing we talked about earlier. Other plant based proteins like soy are still a lot more processed so the naturally occurring fibre is lost.
Fibre is very important for bowel health but also in weight loss because fibre rich foods make you feel full for longer.
#4 It’s Very Easy to Digest
According to studies, the easiest protein to digest is animal protein – the very best one being albumin which is contained in eggs. If we ever compare protein according to its digestive properties, it will always be compared to albumin because that is as near perfection as we can get.
This makes hemp quite interesting because apparently up to 98% of its protein content is digestible. Why is that? Hemp protein in 35% albumin. This is unlike any other plant based protein out there. Just have a look at the label and find out how is your chosen protein obtained. It’s very similar to olive oil – cold pressed is of a better quality because heat usually destroys important qualities.
#5 Builds Muscle
Because it contains a full amino acid profile by being a complete protein it makes it as good for muscle building as whey.
Hemp protein also contains the well regarded BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) which every single person interested in fitness probably knows very well. BCAAs are very important in building, repairing and growing muscle and by consuming hemp, we shouldn’t need any extra supplements of BCAAs.
Apart from these main benefits hemp claims to have some additional ones which, in my opinion, need more research but if you do have some following issues, it might be good to consider introducing hemp in your diet. It certainly won’t hurt and you might find some relief. The conditions hemp is supposed to positively affect are:
- Heart conditions
- Hair/Skin issues
- Low energy levels
- Weak immune system/Inflammation
You don’t necessarily have to drink a protein shake every day. You can use hemp in different ways:
- Powder (doesn’t have to made into a shake, it can be add into your existing recipe smoothie recipe or incorporated into baking but then I would consider adding a bit more than a scoop because the heat does damage some of the good properties)
Does It Have Any Drawbacks?
Sounds good to be true, right? 🙂
Well, similar to pea protein, hemp does, unfortunately, have a very earthy flavour which some people (like me, are not very fond of). But I use hemp in other ways. I have the oil, which has an amazing nutty flavour and works wonders on my skin!!!
I am always getting compliments on my skin and if you do suffer from dry skin or even eczema I can definitely recommend to start using the oil externally.
The seeds can be sprinkled onto your porridge or cakes. They taste really good, just like nuts. So if you are like me and don’t fancy the protein flavour there are other great ways to add hemp into your diet, lifestyle or beauty routine.
If you want to have a read about other great products like Maca and Acai, which I definitely will be covering in the future, you can have a look at Revolution Foods Website and have a little browse. I will be adding more articles about these natural supplements soon so stay tuned! You can give me a follow on Instagram to find out more about exercises and nutrition habits – @silviemfit