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10 Amazing Benefits of Hemp Protein

The much anticipated New Zealand law change to allow the sale of hemp seed as food takes effect today, Nov 12th, 2018. Previously hemp products could only be sold as animal food. Not to be confused with its sister plant marijuana, hemp is one of natures best sources for plant based protein.

Learn more about this law change

With this law change we were keen to understand a bit more about hemp and its health benefits.

Did you know hemp is one of nature’s best sources for a plant-based protein?

Hemp Protein Powder / Flour is made from grinding the seeds of a hemp plant, and is full of essential fats and vitamins. In fact, hemp protein contains all 20 amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids.

With 30g of protein per 100g it packs a protein punch.

Unlike most plant proteins, hemp is a quality source for amino acids. This is why hemp is considered to be a complete plant-based protein.Plus, hemp seeds also supply the body with fibre and minerals.

Want to learn more?

Consider these 10 amazing benefits of hemp protein.

#1 Boosts Immune System

Consuming hemp protein is a simple yet highly effective way to supply the body with a nutritious boost.

Hemp seeds contain enzymes, antibodies, hormones, and fibrinogen are all made from globular proteins. In addition, edestin and albumin also make up the fluid in a portion of the blood plasma. As a result, these proteins are essential to supporting a healthy immune system.

#2 Increases Energy Levels

Feeling lethargic? Turns out you may want to swap your daily dose of caffeine for hemp protein.

Hemp protein powder contains all essential fatty acids. When fatty acids are ingested, they produce twice as much energy as carbohydrates. In addition, proteins take longer to break down in the body. This, in turn, causes energy to be released much slower.

So not only does hemp increase energy levels, it also sustains energy throughout the day.

#3 Strengthens Hair

Hemp protein is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and omega-9 fatty acids. This ultra-high concentration of healthy fats helps promote healthy hair growth.

In addition, omega-3 fatty acids also add sheen and lustre to the hair. Some research even suggests omega-3 fatty acids are shown to reverse hair loss.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids support hair growth and thickening.

#4 Reduces Inflammation

Did you know hemp has an ideal ratio of fatty acids along with other nutrients to reduce inflammation?

In fact, according to one study published in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism, ingesting the GLA (gamma linolenic acid) protein in hemp alleviated arthritis symptoms by 20%.

Essentially, by intervening with the body’s ability to produce pro-inflammatory molecules, GLA reduced chronic inflammation.

#5 Improves Digestion

Conventional protein powders like whey are loaded with animal products such as lactose.

Although many protein producers claim their products contain minimal levels of lactose, even a small amount can cause a chain reaction – particularly for those who are lactose intolerant. As a result, some people may experience bloating, gassiness, and other internal distresses from consuming lactose.

Hemp seeds, on the other hand, actually aid in digestion. Due to the high concentration of soluble and insoluble fibre, hemp protein puts the digestive tract at ease.

#6 Repairs Muscle

Hemp seed products have a protein quality equal to or greater than certain grains and nuts. When it comes to restoring muscle tissue, bodybuilders and athletes alike turn to protein powders. After all, protein is key to building muscle.

However, what many people are not aware of is that hemp is a complete protein source. Containing all essential amino acids, hemp protein helps repair body muscle and tissue.

Better yet, as a plant-based protein, hemp protein powder supplies the body with enough protein but is also hypoallergenic and suitable for people with soy, gluten, egg, or dairy sensitivities.

#7 Relieves Eczema

Did you know hemp is incredibly effective at combating dryness and irritation associated with eczema?The essential fatty acids jampacked in hemp protein act as an internal moisturizer.As a result, hemp protein combats the dry and cracking skin by reducing irritation.

#8 Fight Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one cause of death across the world. Yet, consumption of hemp protein has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Hemp is loaded with fibre, healthy fats, and a host of vital nutrients.

Additionally, hemp protein also contains high amounts of the amino acid’s arginine. Arginine is used to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gaseous substance in the body that causes the blood vessels to expand. This in-turn leads to lowered levels of blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.

#9 Builds Lean Muscle

Hemp protein is one of nature’s superfoods.

Not only does hemp offer a complete amino acid profile, it also includes all muscle-building amino acids such as BCAA (branched chain amino acids).

BCAA increases the rate of muscle protein synthesis while simultaneously preventing the loss of muscle tissue. In addition, hemp also contains globulins albumin and edestin – two of the most abundant proteins in the human body.

#10 Curbs Hunger Cravings

Resisting the urge to go for that midnight snack can be a tough battle.

However, hemp protein powder all helps curb hunger cravings and makes you feel fuller over a longer period of time.

The secret? Hemp is rich in fibre.Fibre not only promotes a healthy digestive system, it also helps us feel fuller longer.

There's many more benefits too. We look forward to seeing how this new food and protein source will be received by the public.