Protein is regarded as a ‘macro’ nutrient meaning it should make up a large portion of your nutrient intake. The quality of protein you eat should therefore be somewhat of a priority, particularly for athletes who require even higher amounts of protein to keep their body strong and lean. Hemp Seeds not only contain a lot of protein (approximately 33g of protein in 100g of seeds), as a protein source it is nutritionally superior to most if not all other protein sources owing to a number of factors that will be discussed here.
An Organic, Non-Allergenic, Non-GMO, Digestible, Wholefood
Not many other high protein sources can make all these claims. A couple of examples... Soya Beans are about 13% protein when freshly picked. This increases to about 37% protein after being dried to remove moisture. Sounds pretty good, but Soya Beans:
- Are mostly Genetically modified - over 80% of all the world’s Soy is genetically modified. For those who are not yet aware, GMO foods are very harmful to humans.
Whether GMO or organic, Soy:
- Is a cause of allergies to a significant number of people
- Is difficult to digest - raw soy beans contain toxic chemicals that interfere with digestion and are suspected of causing various other metabolic problems.
- Requires chemical processing to turn it into high-protein powder which can result in harmful contaminants in the final product.
Rice Protein Powder does not cause allergies in most people yet it is not a whole food. Rice grains naturally contain a very small amount (2%) of protein. They are mostly carbohydrate (90%) and therefore do not need to naturally contain compounds that assist in the digestion of protein. To turn Rice into high protein powder requires chemical processing which removes the few digestive aids that were there to begin with. It also retains a high sodium content which causes fluid retention and is therefore not ideal for those wanting a firmer, more athletic looking body.
Heavy Metal Contamination?
Independent tests have revealed that most Rice protein powders contain high levels of toxic heavy metals like lead, arsenic and mercury, something the leading brands apparently knew about but only agreed to try and reduce after being exposed: http://labs.naturalnews.com Our Hemp Seeds have also been tested for Lead, Arsenic and Mercury. The results? “below detectable” meaning “zero”. We beat all the Hemp and Rice products tested by the Natural News labs. Hemp Protein Powder is made without chemical processing and simply involves mechanical pressing, grinding and filtering. It is therefore still a wholefood even at 50-60% protein because it retains all the necessary components for proper digestion and assimilation. Hemp is perfectly suited to a human diet:
- It has no reported cases of allergies.
- It is non-GMO Organic
- It is the only plant to create and store its protein in the form of Edestin and Albumin. These are the forms that the human body already uses for the proteins in our blood and immune system and are therefore easily recognized and processed using minimal amounts of energy.
- It does not contain enzyme inhibitors.
Regardless of how much protein a powder contains, if your body cannot absorb it into its cells and/or it causes damage to your body, it is a waste of your time consuming it. The combination of Hemp’s highly digestible Edestin and Albumin protein with naturally occurring dietary fibre, abundance of naturally occurring digestive aids and zero sodium gives your body the best possible chance of taking what goes in your mouth and putting it to good use without causing any harm.
2. Protein for Muscle Growth and Exercise Recovery
Despite all this talk about protein, protein is actually not what your body needs to build muscle. Protein can be likened to a chain made up of links. The links in a protein chain are called Amino Acids. It is the Amino Acids the body uses in metabolic processes such as energy production and muscle building. If you wanted to build a house, you would want a truck to come to your building site and deliver bricks, not another house. When you eat protein, you are effectively presenting your digestive system with a house that the body then has to break down into bricks before it can be used for building muscle. Assuming your body is capable of breaking the protein up into individual amino acids and delivering them to the cells where metabolism takes place - the number and proportion of different amino acids arriving at the cell determine how well your body can build muscle and whether your existing muscle gets burned up for energy in times of stress (muscle loss) or is preserved. Hemp protein is exceptional and unique in both its:
- Ability to be delivered to the cells as amino acids
- Amino acid composition or ‘profile’ - it contains all the amino acids your body is not capable of making itself and it contains them in ratios that favour muscle building.
Muscle Growth Research
It has been known for some time that the simple act of consuming protein can be anabolic i.e. causes your body to build muscle. In recent years scientists have sought to determine how this process works and if any one amino acid is more important than the others for triggering muscle growth. By a process of eliminating amino acids one by one from a meal consumed by test subjects they were able to determine that muscle growth continues to take place unless the amino acid Leucine is removed. Leucine is the key that switches on muscle growth. Following this further study took place to determine how the muscle growth process could be maximized. A number of criteria were identified. 1. BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS Leucine is one of three amino acids with a branched chain structure and is therefore called a branched chain amino acid (BCAA). The research found that Leucine stimulates new muscle synthesis best when in the presence of the other 2 branched chain amino acids.
- Hemp contains high concentrations of Leucine and the other 2 BCAAs.
2. INFLAMMATION Inflammation was identified as something that inhibits muscle growth. Inflammation is the cause of soreness felt after intense exercise. If the research is correct then equipping your body with non-toxic foods that resist inflammation is essential for optimal recovery. Without it, muscle growth will be stunted and all that time spent in the gym or training outdoors will be mostly wasted.
- Hemp is packed with anti-inflammatories in the form of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega 6 and GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).
3. Mature Age Muscle
It is know that as we age our levels of muscle building hormones decrease and our response to exercise diminishes. Does that mean there is no hope for people over 50 who want to look and feel strong and healthy? The research mentioned previously proved the answer to be ‘no’ - there is hope for older exercisers. In their research they compared the muscle building response to exercise between men over 50 and men who were much younger. When consuming meals containing 7g of essential amino acids the younger men grew muscle while the older men did not. However, when they increased the leucine content of the 7g mixture from 1.7g to 2.8g for the older men they started growing muscle at the same rate as the younger men. When the total level of essential amino acids in the meal reached 15g there was no difference in response to exercise between the younger and older men. The challenge for older exercisers who want to grow young again becomes eating enough clean protein to consistently hit the high level of essential amino acids. Older bodies are less able to cope with toxins so reaching for Soy, Whey or a Chicken breast might work for a while in younger people but they are simply going to be turned into fat in older people. Hemp’s unique 5-star nutrient profile is a must for anyone over 50 wanting to build muscle without causing more damage to their already damaged body.