THE POWER OF HEMP
It should come as no surprise that here at Humbly Hemp, we’re huge fans of hemp! After all, it’s at the foundation of everything we do, everything we believe, and inside everything that we offer. We believe in its health benefits, its contribution to sustainable agriculture, and its overall goodness for the world! Hemp is a nutritional food source, great for body care, a great source of fuel and even for paper -- the possibilities are truly endless. Hemp contains healthy amounts of magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium, which are all critical to brain function, blood building, the immune system, and muscle function. Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops, it has been used for thousands of years. The oldest relic in human history is a scrap of hemp fabric dating back to 8,000 B.C.
Aminos, Omegas and fiber-oh my: the skinny on hemp protein
One thing is for sure, today’s protein seekers have choices. Whey, casein, soy, brown rice, and even pea protein are just a few of the proteins out there on the market. While they certainly all have their benefits, when you compare hemp to the others, it’s hemp that comes out a cut above the rest.
Not only is hemp protein easily digestible and ideal for reducing muscle soreness and inflammation, it’s also plant-based, complete, and organic. Containing essential amino acids your body needs but can’t create on its own, just 1-ounce serving of hemp powder yields a whopping 14 grams of protein (not too shabby!)
Lets Talk Fiber
Super important for your digestive health and heart health, fiber keeps your blood sugar steady, helps control hunger, and helps fight disease. And while most milk-based or whey-based protein powders provide 1 gram of fiber or less per every 1 ounce serving, hemp boasts 4 grams (four times the fiber!)
Oh my Omegas
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of hemp protein is the inclusion of Omega-3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA. These dietary fats offer crucial support in the fight against cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer disease, reducing inflammation, and in aiding in fetal development. And guess who’s packed full of fatty acids? You guessed it, our old pal hemp. In fact, just 1-ounce serving of hemp protein gives you the recommended daily dose of the fatty acids you need.
It helps Farmers: Hemp grows in almost any climate or soil type. It can grow in a tight space (helping land use), and grows incredibly fast. This makes it an amazing option for farmers needing a new cash crop. It also improves soil health, allowing farmers to take back fallow lands.
More Hemp Grown = More Farmers Employed
It the Planet: Hemp grows incredible fast and is very resilient. This makes the need for pesticides and GMO’s obsolete. Now that seems like a no brainer to us. Hemp also absorbs CO2 as it grow making it carbon-negative.
More Hemp Grown = Less “Stuff”in our Soil
It is versatile - It can compete with cotton, its as durable as a textile, and takes half as much water to process. Its a superfood; its stalk, seeds, and oils make some of the best ingredients available. It can provide us with Paper, Fuel, Building Materials, Plastic. There isnt a more useful commodity around.
More Hemp Grown = More Quality Goods
Hemp protein, made from the hemp seed, is a high-fiber protein supplement that can be used to enhance total protein intake for vegans and non-vegans alike. Hemp can be considered a superior protein source due to its above-average digestibility, which also makes it ideal for athletes. Additional benefits of hemp protein include potential immune enhancing and anti-fatigue properties, as well as kidney-protective effects.
Hemp is a remarkably diverse crop that can be grown for both food and nonfood purposes. Hemp seed, which is used to manufacture hemp protein, is composed of approximately 45 percent oil, 35 percent protein and 10 percent carbohydrates. The hemp seed possesses many nutritional benefits, according to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. In addition to its health benefits, hemp is very environmentally friendly, as it can be grown without the use of fungicides, herbicides and pesticides and it efficiently absorbs carbon dioxide.
High Quality Protein
Hemp protein is a high quality source of protein due to its high rate of digestibility. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. The digestibility of any given protein is related to the concentrations of its amino acids. A study published in 2010 in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" tested the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDAAS) -- a rating that determines the bioavailability of a protein -- for various proteins derived from the hemp seed. The results showed that hemp seed proteins have PDAAS values greater than or equal to some grains, nuts and legumes.
Rich in Fiber
Hemp protein powders are rich in fiber, a nutrient that has a number of valuable health promoting properties. Diets rich in fiber can lower your risk for heart disease, type-2 diabetes, constipation and diverticular disease, notes the Harvard Public School of Health. A single serving of hemp protein powder can provide a significant portion of the 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day recommended for adults, children and older adolescents. For example, one brand of hemp powder contains 12 grams of fiber per 30 grams scoop, an amount substantially higher than most other types of protein.
According to an animal study published in 2008 in "Wei Sheng Yan Jui," hemp seed protein may have anti-fatigue and immune enhancing benefits. Compared to a controlled group, mice given hemp seed protein had improved swimming times and decreased blood lactic acid. Another study published in 2011 in "Molecular Nutrition & Food Research" found that, in animal models, soy and hemp protein supplemented diets were able to improve kidney function and cardiac hypertrophy associated with kidney disease.