Benefits of Hemp Protein Powder
When it comes to plant-based proteins, hemp seeds are one of nature’s best options. Not only are they high in protein, but they are full of other beneficial nutrients similar to those of flaxseeds.
Generally speaking, the most well-known and widely-used protein powders are whey, soy and rice. Whey proteins are globular proteins derived as by-products of dairy, soy proteins are derived from dehulled and defatted soybeans, and rice proteins are extracted from sprouted brown rice.
Hemp protein powder is made from hemp seeds and has 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine). By offering a complete amino acid profile, it is arguably the best vegan source of plant-based protein. It is easily digestible at a 90% rate. Hemp protein powder is produced by extracting the oil out of hemp seeds. Once the oil has been removed, the remains are called hemp cake, which is then milled into a fine powder. Hemp protein powder has a 50% protein concentration.
Hemp seeds contain globular plant proteins edestin and albumin. Edestin is an easily digestible protein and hemp contains the highest known levels (65-67%) of any plant. Albumin is also a high- easily digestible protein.
Hemp protein also provides omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in a 3:1 ratio, which promotes cardiovascular health. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and antioxidants.