Hemp protein powder is an all-natural, plant-based supplement high in fibre and essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, calcium, iron, phosphorus, A, B and C vitamins. It is also relatively low in fat. It is a high-quality plant protein extracted from the husked seeds of the hemp plant, or Cannabis sativa. Hemp seeds are known to contain the greatest amounts of protein in any plant species.
Hemp protein is very easy to use and can be purchased in either powder or seed form. It has an exceptional protein content ranging from 40-55% protein depending on which company’s product you purchase. Hemp protein is not a new product, in fact, through centuries it has been known to have several health benefits. It has a rich, nutty flavor and can be added to a number of dishes for its health-promoting properties.
Hemp protein powders can be added to fresh juices, smoothies, shakes, soups, cereals or any of your favourite recipes. Hemp protein can be mixed in shakes with fresh or frozen berries. It is being used by more and more body builders, sportsmen and women and anyone interested in adding muscle. It is currently the most popular vegetarian/vegan protein powder.
It is also of exceptionally high quality in terms of amino acid composition and protein structure. It is also ideal for people who are concerned about sensitivities to soy or whey-based protein powders. Hemp protein is higher in globulin edestin and albumin than any other non-animal source besides soy. It is also a very good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds can be pressed for oil, milled into a protein powder, roasted or shelled and made into Hemp milk. Hemp protein is manufactured from hemp seeds that are cold pressed to extract the oil.
Hemp seeds are free from trypsin inhibitors found in certain seeds, such as soybeans that interfere with protein digestion. They are also a highly nutritious source of protein and are better tasting and more digestible than the soya bean. Hemp protein is also high in important dietary fibre and healthy unsaturated fats. Hemp protein is Certified Organic, Certified Kosher and Non-GMO. Hemp protein powder can also be used in baking breads, mufﬁns or cookies.
Hemp protein powder is packed with live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and helps to aid absorption. It can also help balance the pH level of our bodies. Hemp protein is high in arginine, an amino acid involved in growth hormone production and cardiovascular support. Hemp protein is relatively low in calories, so it can be a good food choice even if you’re dieting. Hemp protein has plenty of benefits, but sadly one area it sometimes lacks in is taste.
Hemp protein powder is considered by many to be one of the most useful and effective supplements that can be taken. Compared to other animal based protein powders it doesn’t fair quite so well. Whey for instance has a higher biological value and a higher protein content than hemp and is still considered the best protein for muscle building for various reasons listed elsewhere on this site. Casein and egg protein also have higher protein contents. Also in it’s unflavoured form the powder is a not so appealing brown-green colour and the taste is well, let’s not go there.
In it’s flavoured form however it is much more palatable. I’d say all in all hemp protein is definitely a viable alternative to the animal based protein powders such as whey, casein and egg. While the protein content and biological values may not be quite so high, they are still high enough to build good quality muscle. Hemp protein is also a very complete protein in terms of amino acids and has other benefits such as regulating insulin and blood sugar and is rich in magnesium as well as other minerals. It is a little bit more expensive than the other plant based protein powders, but it is the best overall.