The Benefits of Hemp Protein

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Published: 12th January 2011
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The seeds from the hemp plant offer the best plant-based protein that is loaded with fiber, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids along with muscle building protein. When in supplement form, hemp is the greatest source of protein for vegetarian or vegan meals. Also, hemp protein powder is a prevalent alternative source of of protein for athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness experts looking for a organic replacement for whey or soy. Contrary to the majority of whey and soy protein supplements, raw organic hemp powder is cold pressed. Because of this, organic hemp protein is not processed with the petroleum solvent hexane like most soy supplements may be. Hemp also includes no GMOs, gluten, hexane, meat, fish, or dairy by-products and consists of no artificial sweeteners like those contained in the majority of whey and soy products.

Although hemp consists of no meat, lactose or dairy by-product, hemp seed is packed with protein and amino acids required for muscle growth. Hemp protein powder is made from this hemp seed, which carries the most complete edible and usable proteins of any plant. And while soybeans are known to have slightly more protein, the protein found in hemp seeds is more usable by humans and, therefore, provides more muscle building content to our body.

As a powder, hemp tastes nutty without that overly sweet taste from the sweeteners found in flavored whey protein shakes and other supplements. Having such a real taste, hemp protein powder is can be mixed with soy, almond, or skim milk for a nutritious drink without requiring chemical artificial flavors.

Along with protein and a natural taste, hemp protein powder consists of roughly 90% insoluble and 10% soluble fiber. High in fiber and not including animal or dairy by-products, hemp allows for easy digestion and absorption without the bloating, gas or the full and upset stomach associated with many whey shakes. The high protein and low carbs also promote lean muscle growth while the minerals such as zinc, iron, and magnesium help boost energy and immunity.

Combined with protein and fiber, hemp also has the perfect balance of Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 essential fatty acids. With this advantage, hemp goes further than the athletic and bodybuilding advantages of other protein supplements. The fatty acids regulate blood pressure and are also critical to the immune system as well as brain function.

As with most protein supplements, hemp is loaded with amino acids. As a matter of fact, it contains all 8 essential amino acids and more amino acids than almost all other plants. Amino acids provide for protein synthesis and are mandatory for the development of muscle. In addition to muscular development, amino acids are used to fight depression and benefit one's mood. With this benefit, hemp protein can help mental and physical wellbeing.

Because of the high protein and amino acids, hemp can deliver the fitness benefits of other popular nutrition supplements, but with the added advantages that accompany essential fatty acids and fiber, thereby making hemp the ideal nutritional supplement for muscle growth and perfect protein for a vegetarian or vegan, natural bodybuilder, athlete, or anyone interested in health and fitness.

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