Hemp seed (from Cannabis Sativa) contains the richest source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in the plant kingdom and contains a relatively low percentage saturated fats. EFAs promote cellular growth, healthy skin, hair and eyes, aid in immune response, disease prevention, weight control and even in cognitive functions. The human brain is 60% fat - therefore EFAs are critically important to its proper function and good health. EFAs are also the raw material the body needs to produce hormones, the body’s communication network for cellular activity.
Botanically, Hemp seeds are tiny nuts that develop on the female flowers of the Hemp plants. Technically, Hemp seed is an achene, that is, a small, indehiscent fruit that is dry and usually containing an oily germ. (Sunflower seeds are another example of an achene). The Hemp seed, although sometimes called Hemp nut, is therefore in fact a fruit and not a nut. It also does not contain the enzyme inhibitors that block protein digestion, such as those found in legumes (soybeans), grains (wheat) and nuts that normally cause food intolerances or allergies.
The nutritional content of the Hemp seed is impressive, offering 30% complete and highly digestible protein and containing over 36% essential fatty acids, which is 16% more than flaxseed. It is the best source of Omega 3, Linolenic acid and Omega 6, Linoleic acid, as well as GLA, Gamma Linoleic acid (approximately 3%). Hemp seed contains protein, lipids, choline, inositol, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phospholipids, phytosterols and all nine essential amino acids. The amino acid profile is superior to soybean and cow’s milk. The complete protein in the Hemp seed not only provides all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, it is 65% globulin edestin and contains albumin.
Hemp seeds have many delightful culinary applications. They can be substituted for dairy, soy or rice protein in the production of non-dairy beverages, frozen desserts, tofu and cheeses. The seeds have a delicious nutty flavour and may be eaten whole and raw as a snack with or without added seasonings. Toasting lightly enhances the delicious nutty flavour of the seeds, but eating them raw will preserve all the nutrients. Hemp seeds can be sprinkled on salads, vegetables, pasta, or added to smoothies, granola, baked goods, soups, sauces, dips, seed cheeses, nut milks and nut balls. Another interesting use for the seeds is to make them into nut butter in a Champion or Green Power Juicer. Nut butter may also be made in a blender, but this method will require that extra oil be added to make the nut butter spreadable. Nut butters can be made with or without added seasonings. (See Hemptons' Recipes for inspiration)
Hemp Seed is easy to digest, making it ideal for people suffering from gut and bowel problems. A recent report, funded by the Canadian government, says that 66 per cent of Hemp protein is high quality, the highest percentage of any plant source. Hemp also contains three times as much vitamin E as flax.
While Hemp Seed is a powerful healer, it is fragile. The essential fatty acids it contains are easily damaged if exposed to light, air or heat. So it is recommend that Hemp Seed should never be cooked at high temperatures and is best eaten raw.
Protein and Nutrient Content
Not only is hemp the second highest, out of plant sources, in its protein content, but it is also equipped with the essential amino and fatty acids that we need to survive. It has other benefits as well such as living enzymes and healthy a broad spectrum of nutrients. In fact Hemp’s nutritional profile is pretty stellar for such a little seed.
Inexpensive as Far as Protein Goes
The other good news is that good quality, organic hemp is relatively inexpensive compared to good quality whey or other protein combinations. As Hemp Protein is easily digested and assimilated, you need to take a lot less over time.
Fibre if you need it
The other good news, is the fibre level. If you need real living foods that have fibre to cleanse your bowel you can find it in hemp protein powder. The fibre level of your protein is going to correlate directly with the amount of protein in your powder. As more of the fibre is sifted out of the powder the protein value by weight is increased. Hemp’s fibre is approximately 90% insoluble and 10% soluble.
The Healthiest Fats Around
Although the levels of fat vary, you will find that the fat content of hemp protein is higher than other protein powders. This is okay as the fat is primarily polyunsaturated fat - about 80% and only 3% saturated. The Oil is high in Essential Fatty Acids that are balanced in a 3:1 ratio of Omega 6s to Omega 3s, which is considered the ideal ratio for the human body - and the best part is that it occurs naturally.
Do not be shy of the fat found in this protein. It’s good energy and will make your skin glow! Essential fatty acids like Linoleic acid (LA), Linolenic Acid (LNA) and Gamma-Linolenic Acid can’t be produced in the body so need to be obtained via your diet.
All these essential fatty acids are essential to metabolism, testosterone production, muscle growth and repair and a host of other functions in the body. And who doesn’t want a good metabolism with healthy strong muscles?
Hemp protein also contains good amounts of Vitamin E, zinc, iron and magnesium. All minerals that are often deficient in most of our foods today. The nutritional value of hemp also comes in the form of alkaline nutrition. This is helpful for the body as many of our foods are acidic, but humans in an acidic state makes it very challenging to stay healthy.
You can eat lots of things, but they are completely useless to you if you don’t digest them. We need friendly digestive enzymes to digest our food. We also need living foods that are not overly processed or instilled with endless chemicals. It is easy to find Hemp Protein Powder that meets these qualifications.
Hemp Protein gets absorbed faster than any other proteins - 15g of organic Hemp Protein Powder is more anabolic than 50g Whey, since 2/3 of it is made up of Edestin - a plant protein only found in Hemp - it is similar to protein found in the human body. That makes it perfect for DNA and cellular growth. It also makes it easily digested, so you won’t make those awfully smelly protein gas, like you do when you drink other protein powders.
Yes, it contains some carbohydrates as well, but to obtain optimal Amino absorption, you need some carbohydrates present - hence the statement, the best protein available.
As Hemp Protein Powders become more readily available in South Africa, be aware what you are buying, as not all Hemp "Protein Powders" are created equal. Most, in fact all, Hemp Protein Powders (and here we do not mean concentrates or isolates which are created through a chemical extraction processes) are made from raw hemp meal. This meal still contains oil, fibre, EFA's and Amino's.
However, if this rough meal is not refined i.e. by removing additional fibre etc. it remains a fibre rich flour. This meal is not Hemp Protein Powder. This rough powder does contain protein, but contains a much lower % protein per serving than if you refined the meal to an actual Protein Powder.
So yes, Hemptons' Hemp Protein Powders are more expensive than some you may find, but our Protein Powders are created from organically grown crops and then processed to a high percentage Protein Powder that contains only Hemp
Hemptons Pure Hemp Protein is contains only protein-rich dried, powdered Hemp Seed.
Organic Hemp Protein is an excellent source of Essential Amino Acids. It has a complete spectrum of natural organic proteins, with all 20 amino acids used in the human body, including all 9 essential amino acids. Hemp Protein also provides Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) Omega-6 and Omega-3 in a healthy 3:1 ratio. Hemp is also an excellent source of dietary fibre and is very rich in vitamins and minerals.
Hemp Protein also activates Osteoblasts (are mononucleate cells that are responsible for bone formation). Hemp Protein may therefore help to prevent and treat Osteoporosis.
When using protein supplements as part of an exercise routine - Protein facilitates muscle growth by increasing the body's retention of Nitrogen. Nitrogen retention from Hemp Protein is believed to be sixteen times that of free Amino Acids and twice that of whole food.
Due to the Arginine and Histidine in this supplement, it dramatically increases Nitric Oxide production, which results in extended and enhanced muscle pump after training, improved endurance and recovery time and workout capacity.
What makes this supplement even more amazing, Hemp Protein is high in Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). BCAAs are the Essential Amino Acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. The combination of these three amino acids makes up approximately 1/3 of skeletal muscle tissue in the human body. BCAAs play a very important role in protein synthesis (the production of proteins in cells from amino acids to build muscle as well as aiding in recovery post exercise). BCAAs are absorbed directly into the muscle tissues and are metabolized quickly.
|Just so there is no shock when you receive this product - it is green (due to the chlorophyll content). It doesn't taste or look like a strawberry, chocolate or banana milkshake. It is a live, whole food. It will take getting used to, but believe us, when you do, you won't look back. Have a look at the Recipes Tab to see how to make taking this protein, easier.
As it is a natural, unprocessed powder, it will not dissolve in water either - so incorporate it into your smoothies first thing in the morning / last thing at night, mix it into your oats, or just mix it with water and shake well.
Suggested Use :
During normal training - 25g On Waking & 25g before Bed time
Pre-Competition - Add 25g
During normal training - 25g On Waking & 25g before Bed time
Pre-Training - 25g half an hour to and hour before training