Hemp protein powder or hemp meal as it is sometimes referred, is usually made with the by-product from the process of pressing hemp seeds into hemp oil. Once the oil is pressed from the seed, the remaining product, known as hemp cake, contains more than 25% protein and is an excellent source of dietary fibre. It also contains up to 35 % of the seed oil left after pressing, providing the health benefits of omega three and six–essential fatty acids. The hemp cake is then stone ground into a coarse meal or flour. Alternatively, it can be processed further to create a protein powder isolate.
Hemp seeds are power packed little gems, containing more Essential Fatty Acids in an almost perfect three to one balance for the human body, than any other plant. They are also a rich source of the eight amino acids essential for a healthy body and these same acids are the ones that the body has the inability to make on its own.
- Amino Acids – These branched chain amino acids help in creating a fast acting metabolism which can increase and maintain muscle mass, while also aiding muscle repair after strenuous work. For this reason, hemp protein is ideal for active people who want to work on building and maintaining muscle mass before and even after a workout.
- Blood proteins – Hemp protein is the only plant protein that provides Edistine and Albumin proteins. These proteins create antibodies to improve the immune system and allow the other nutrients of hemp protein powder to be absorbed more rapidly.
- Essential Fatty Acids – Hemp protein contains two of the good fats our bodies need; Omega-3 and Omega-6 in an ideal ratio for optimal human health.
Hemp protein powder is easily digested, gluten free, high in fibre and contains needed minerals, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, boron, iron, zinc, manganese, sulphur and chlorophyll and more.
So whether you choose hemp protein powder, hemp meal, hemp flour or even hemp cake, rest assured, you will be using one of natures best plant-based proteins.
Please note that current legislation prohibits the sale of hemp foods in Australia. All hemp seed products sold in Australia are for external use only and are not to be consumed internally. If you live in any other Western country, then feel free to enjoy the benefits that one of nature’s oldest super foods has to offer.