Hemp, marijuana, cannabis – it’s all the same, right? Wrong. In fact, the three terms are often interchanged and used incorrectly when discussing our much-loved plant! So, when it comes to hemp protein, it’s fair to say that many people aren’t sure what it is – let alone how beneficial it can be!
If you’re new to the world of cannabis, then you may be unsure what all the different terms mean, and how you could potentially benefit from them. So today we want to clear up some misunderstandings, and share with you five huge benefits of hemp protein!
But First, What is Hemp?
You’ve probably heard of hemp many times, and you don’t have to be in cannabis circles to know about the versatility of hemp either! In fact, hemp has been utilized for hundreds of thousands of years for a number of things, including medicine, clothing, beauty and industrial materials. But how does it tie in with cannabis?
Hemp is just one variety of the cannabis plant. However, it is often misunderstood for being the same as cannabis, which is simply not the case. Both hemp and marijuana are broad classifications of cannabis; however, unlike marijuana, hemp cannot get you “high”.
Hemp is a term used to classify different varieties of cannabis that contain 0.3% or less tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is responsible for the famous “high”.
So, if hemp doesn’t cause psychotropic effects, what exactly does it do?
Why is Hemp Used?
Hemp is arguably one of the most useful fibres on the planet – and it offers vast benefits both to users and to the world! Here are just a few fast facts about hemp and its uses:
- 1 acre of hemp can produce the same amount of fiber as 2-3 acres of cotton!
- Hemp is stronger and softer than cotton, and lasts double the amount of time, making it a much more sustainable material.
- Hemp is highly durable, and can be grown year round without the need for high maintenance.
- Hemp contains its own protein, known as hemp protein. This is more nutritious and economical than some of the most well known plant proteins, including soy!
- Wild hemp is grown in its millions across America.
- Cannabis hemp has unmatched potential. It has the ability to produce high amounts of material, including paper, textiles and food, as well as medicine and fuel to name a few.
What is Hemp Protein?
So, hopefully we’ve cleared up some of your unanswered questions on hemp – but what about hemp protein?
Hemp protein is the protein contents of the hemp seed – it really is as simple as that! Made up of a content including two globular types of proteins – edestin and albumin – hemp protein is not only a great source of natural protein, but it’s also rich in amino acids!
What are the Benefits of Hemp Protein?
We know that protein is good for us, and a vital part of our everyday diet. Protein, after all is responsible for the healthy growth of new cells, part of the building blocks for strong bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood (to name a few).
So is it really possible that protein could offer even more benefits than those we already know about? Well, as it turns out – it is – and here are five of the best:
1. Unsaturated fats
If you know anything about diet then you’ll probably know all about ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ fats, otherwise known as unsaturated and saturated fats. For the everyday person, it can be tricky to source the right types of fat for a healthy balanced diet, so where does hemp protein come in?
Well, hemp protein is not only rich in polyunsaturated fats, but it also packs a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are super healthy and a crucial part of our everyday diet.
On our own, our bodies cannot naturally produce essential fatty acids (EFA), so we must absorb them through the right diet – enter hemp protein! EFAs are crucial for many vital bodily functions, such as:
- The forming of healthy cell membranes
- Healthy brain development and nervous system development
- Hormone production
- Regulation of blood pressure and blood clotting
- Healthy skin and hair
- The breakdown of cholesterol
2. The protein itself!
Okay, so we already know that hemp protein is a big player in the nutritional world, with every 30g of seeds containing around 9.46g of protein! However, it’s got to be mentioned that the protein in itself that hemp offers is incredible!
A complete source of protein, offering all nine of the essential amino acids, and being totally vegan and vegetarian too (a rarity in plant-based foods), there’s no denying it is a serious contender.
We all know fiber is important – but are you getting enough in your everyday diet? If you benefit from hemp seeds in your diet, then the chances are you are getting plenty!
Every three tablespoons of hemp protein contains around 1.2g of fiber – meaning you could soon hit your daily dose with just minimal effort!
Good amounts of fiber:
- Help with appetite control
- Assist with weight management
- Stabilize blood sugars
- Promote a healthy gut
4. Vitamins and Minerals
There aren’t many foods out there that offer such a vast variety of beneficial properties – but hemp seeds are super rich in vitamins and minerals, once again proving that it’s possible to get much of your daily intake of goodness all from one source!
Hemp protein is particularly rich in:
- Vitamin E (important for heart health, prevention of inflammation and good eye health)
- Magnesium (regulates muscles and nerve function, promotes stable blood sugar levels)
- Potassium (regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals)
- B vitamins
5. Neurological benefits
Last, but by no means least, is the benefits hemp protein can have on our neurological health. A recent study, done in the Food Chemistry Journal in 2018, revealed that hemp seed extract actually contained antioxidant effects that offered the following benefits:
- Immune system regulation
What’s even more impressive is that there are a range of medical conditions that these particular effects could have the potential to benefit, including:
- Neuropathic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Alzheimer’s disease
Final Thoughts on Hemp Protein: Should You Add It to Your Daily Diet?
It’s no secret that it can be difficult trying to hit every dietary target we are set with from one day to the next – so when something comes along that offers such a wealth of benefits, it’s hard to ignore. And hemp protein is certainly one such ingredient!
With misconceptions cleared up, and benefits explained, what we’d like to know is whether you’d consider hemp protein as part of your daily diet or not?
Let us know down in the comments what your thoughts are on this – we’d love to know!