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Hemp Protein Health Topic
    Hemp Protein Health Topic
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    Hemp Protein Health Topic

    Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious sources of plant-based protein. Hemp seeds contains all twenty amino acids the body needs, including all eight essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are one of the few sources of hard-to-get gamma-linolenic acid, providing the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a desirable 3:1 ratio. No other single plant source has such a concentration of amino acids and essential fatty acids. Hemp is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Unlike soy proteins, hemp protein does not contain the anti-nutrients which interfere with protein uptake. There are no known food allergies to hemp. Since 1998, Canada has grown hemp for seed and for fibre, producing healthy food and environmentally-friendly products.

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    Learn More About Hemp Seed Nutrition

    1. Hemp Protein: Nutrition in a Seed

      Hemp boasts a complete spectrum of natural organic proteins, with all 20 amino acids used in the human body, including all eight essential amino acids. Hemp protein consists of globulins (edestin) and albumin, two of the three most common types of proteins found in the human body. Hemp protein provides the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a healthy 3:1 ratio. Hemp is one of the few sources of the hard-to-get gamma linolenic acid, another important source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. Hemp is also an excellent source of dietary fibre. This plant protein also provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. Hemp protein is vegan, gluten free, kosher, and non-genetically modified. It contains no saturated fatty acids, no trans fat, no cholesterol, and no THC. There are no known allergies to hemp foods.

    2. Hemp Seed Proteins and the Building Blocks of Life and Immunity

      Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs. Hemp seeds provide the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Antibodies are globulin proteins programmed to destroy antigens (any substance eliciting a response from lymphocytes: bacteria, viruses, toxins, living and dead tissue, internal debris). The body's ability to resist and recover from illness depends upon how rapidly it can produce massive amounts of antibodies to fend off the initial attack. Hemp seed is the premier plant-seed provider of the globulin edistin starting material. Eating hemp seeds will insure the immune system has the reservoir of immunoglobulin resources needed to make disease destroying antibodies.


    3. Hemp Seed Oils and the Flow of Life Force

      Hemp seed oil comprises 35% of the total seed weight. This oil has the lowest amount of saturated fatty acids at 8%, and the highest amount of the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids at 80% total oil volume. Linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (LNA) cannot be made by the human body and must be obtained through the diet, so they are called essential fatty acids. They are involved in producing life energy from food and the movement of that energy throughout the body. Hemp seed oil is 55% LA and 25% LNA. The optimal ratio of LA to LNA in the diet is 2 to 1. Hemp seed oil has 2.2 times more LA than LNA. Hemp seeds contain the perfect balance of the essential fatty acids required by the human body.


    4. Nutritional Profile and Benefits of Hemp Seed, Nut and Oil (pdf file)

      Hemp's main nutritional advantage over other seeds lies in the composition of its fatty acid profile, and in its protein which contains all of the essential amino acids in nutritionally significant amounts and in a desirable ratio. Most oil seeds contain plenty of linoleic acid (LA), an essential fatty acid from the "omega-6" family, yet they offer little alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the other essential fatty acid from the "omega- 3" family. Humans should ingest these essential fatty acids in an omega-6/omega-3 ratio of about 4:1. Common seed oil and animal fats, which account for most of our fat intake, are low in omega-3. Western diets typically have omega-6/omega-3 ratios of 10:1 or more. The benefits of a balanced omega-6/omega-3 ratio in our diet include: reduced risk of atherosclerosis, sudden cardiac death and certain types of cancers; decrease in the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis; mood improvement in bipolar disorders; and optimized development in infants. Hemp nut and oil offer an omega- 6/omega-3 ratio of 3:1 or less. No other vegetable oil offers essential fatty acids at such high concentrations and in such a desirable ratio. Hemp oil and seeds are best used for cold and warm dishes where temperature is kept below the boiling point (212x"x F). Hemp oil should not be used for frying, but can be used for sauteing if careful of the temperature. Hemp protein is also of exceptionally high quality in terms of amino acid composition and protein structure. Hemp protein appears to be free of antinutrients that are found in soy which interfere with protein uptake.

    5. The Essentiality of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Conference Abstracts)

      DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in most tissues and it is present in large amounts in the brain and retina. DHA is the omega-3 fatty acid required for normal development of the nervous system and optimum visual acuity. Furthermore, when an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency exists, the body compensates by replacing it with the corresponding fatty acid of the omega-6 series. Certain tissues, especially parts of the central nervous system, require a relatively large amount of a 22-carbon polyunsaturated fatty containing a 4,5-double bond for optimum function. The omega-6 metabolic pathway cannot satisfy this requirement. Therefore, even though more omega-6 fatty acid precursors are available, the omega-6 pathway cannot produce enough DPAn-6 to satisfy tissue requirements. Diets that are low in n-3 fatty acids lead to low brain DHA and also lead to losses in nervous system function. Omega-3 fatty acids may inhibit neuronal signal transduction pathways in a manner similar to lithium and valproate, two effective treatments for bipolar disorder.


    6. Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

      Since 1998, Canada has grown industrial hemp for seed and for fibre. Canadian farmers and businesses are interested in the growing business of hemp as it realises its potential to produce healthy food and environmentally-friendly products, including paper, textiles, biocomposites and sustainable building materials.

    7. Delicious and Healthy: Try Hemp Protein and Coconut Oil Shake Recipe

      Both hemp and coconut provide some of the most essential nutrients on the planet. Hemp seeds contain one of the most complete protein profiles of any nut or seed known to mankind. They also contain the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Coconut oil has been shown to improve metabolism within 20 minutes of consuming and to improve it over time.

    8. Benefits of Organic Hemp Protein Powder

      Hempseed is an excellent source of protein because it contains all the 21 known amino acids. This includes the 9 essential amino acids that the body can't produce on its own and must take from dietary sources. However unlike soy beans, hemp has not been subjected to genetic modification. Hemp farmers also say that its cultivation hardly requires pesticides, herbicides or petrochemical fertilizers. It happens to be one of those plants that lend easily to organic agricultural methods. This makes hemp a comparatively safer plant source of protein.

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