Nutrition is the foundation upon which we build our minds and our bodies. In fact, amino acids, which form protein, are often considered to be the building blocks of life. It is no wonder, then, that we can improve the quality of our own lives by focusing on quality nutrients. And where better to start than by considering the quality of protein we take in?
What Is Protein?
Protein works around the clock to build, maintain, and repair the tissues in our body. There are 20 amino acids that combine to create proteins, but our body can only make 11 of them. That means that the 9 remaining amino acids, often referred to as the “essential amino acids,” must be obtained from the diet. Though a variety of meats, grains, legumes, vegetables, and dairy can all provide protein, you still may not be consuming all of the essential amino acids. This is important because each of the 9 essential amino acids serve a very specific purpose in the body:
Histidine – Manufactures red and white blood cells, grows and repairs all kinds of tissue, protects nerves, removes excess heavy metals, speeds up and improves digestion
Isoleucine – Promotes muscle recovery, regulates blood-sugar levels and energy, stimulates human growth hormone release, heals wounds
Leucine – Regulates blood-sugar levels and energy, grows and repairs skin tissues, bones, and skeletal muscle
Lysine – Aids in calcium absorption (for bone and muscle growth), helps mobilize fat for energy uses, repairs damaged tissue, maintains nitrogen balance, helps maintain lean body mass, produces antibodies, hormones, enzymes, and collagen
Methionine – Assists in the breakdown and use of fats, increases testosterone rate, aids digestion, removes heavy metals from stomach and liver, acts as an anti-oxidant, helps with memory recall, aids in energy production and muscle growth
Phenylalanine – Elevates the mood by stimulating the nervous system, aids memory, increases motivation, optimizes operation of nervous system, and helps absorb UV rays in sunlight which aids in the production of Vitamin D
Threonine – Used to form the body’s two most important binding substances, collagen and elastin, maintains liver function, maintains the immune system by producing antibodies and promoting growth and activity of the thymus, increases absorption of protein and other nutrients
Tryptophan – Converts to 5-HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan), and then to serotonin, to help fight insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, facial pain, severe forms of premenstrual syndrome, smoking cessation, grinding teeth during sleep, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome, improves athletic performance
Valine – Helps repair and grow muscle tissue, maintains the body’s nitrogen balance, preserves the use of glucose
What About Hemp Protein?
Where can we find the 9 remaining essential amino acids? That’s where hemp protein comes into play. Hemp protein is the byproduct of hemp seeds. When hemp seed oil is extracted from the seeds, the remaining seed meal is then processed into hemp protein supplements.
Hemp protein contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein. Hemp protein is also high in fiber, making it easy to digest, and contains vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, and copper, making it fairly balanced in its macronutrient profile.
Hemp protein is also considered a source of good fats. What does that mean? Though meat products can be a good source of protein, they can also be high in saturated fat, which can have unwanted effects on the body. Hemp protein, on the other hand, is low in saturated fat and contains the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, in an optimal three-to-one ratio. Eating these essential fatty acids in an optimal ratio reduces the risk for heart attack, cardiovascular problems, dementia, atherosclerosis, and certain types of cancer.
How Can Hemp Protein Be Utilized?
Whether you’re starting your day with a powerful breakfast shake, or finishing a workout with a nourishing recovery smoothie, hemp protein acts as a wonderful base. The best part, it’s easy! Add a serving of hemp protein, milk or juice, and fresh or frozen fruit to a blender and enjoy your delicious meal!
And, though protein shakes might be the most common use for hemp protein, they aren’t your only option. Hemp protein can be added to your favorite baking recipes to replace some or all of the flour and kick your dish up another health notch.
How Much Protein Do You Need?
To find out your average individual protein need, simply perform the following calculation:
Body Weight (In Pounds) x 0.36 = Recommended Protein Intake (In Grams)
Realhemp Protein Powder
Want to add hemp protein to your diet? Try Realhemp™ Protein Powder. Realhemp Protein Powder is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and is naturally gluten-free, lactose-free and soy-free. Realhemp™ Protein is low in fat and low in cholesterol. Completely natural and plant-based, Realhemp™ Protein Powder is not only the perfect protein for vegans and vegetarians, but also for anyone interested in a clean eating lifestyle.
Realhemp™ Protein Powder has many easy and delicious applications and can easily be added to power drinks, smoothies, yogurt, fruits, vegetables, nutrition bars and baking recipes.
Process: No heat or chemicals are used to process Realhemp™ Protein. Hemp seed cake (defatted hemp seed) is mechanically milled using the latest technologies to provide a smooth textured clean protein without any grittiness.
Realhemp™ Protein is Easy to Digest, Non-Gmo, Gluten & Allergen Free
Four tablespoons (30g) of 50% Realhemp™ Protein Powder provides 120 calories, 15g of highly digestible quality protein, 7g of dietary fiber, and more than 25% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for B vitamins, iron, copper, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.