Hemp Protein: the Amazing Heart Healthy Benefits

Resist Nutrition Bars Ingredient: complete plant-based protein Hemp Protein

You might look at hemp protein and think... that it's something else! but really it's an amazing, nutrient-dense ingredient with amazing health benefits.


What is Hemp Protein?

A complete protein, hemp protein is a high-quality plant protein that contains all nine essential amino acids, plus fiber, healthy fats and minerals. The total 20 amino acids include branched chain amino acids, which build and repair muscle (House 2010).


The unsaturated fats in hemp protein are excellent for heart health (Schwingshacki 2013Ulven 2016) and have the ideal 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (Pojić 2014Teh 2013).


Why is the 3:1 ratio of omegas important?

Typical Western diets provide an unbalanced 15:1 ratio, which is linked to many chronic illnesses, like heart disease and cancer (Simopoulos 2002). Consuming foods like hemp protein, which have lower omega-6 to omega-3 ratios, can help correct this imbalance and may improve heart health (Rodriguez-Leyva 2010).


Hemp is great source of the minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc and copper (Pihlanto 2017).


Hemp is also a high in lignanamides, a powerful antioxidant (Yan 2015), which protects your body from harmful oxidative damage that can cause internal and external aging (Asmat 2016, Siti 2015).


What are the other benefits of Hemp protein?

Hemp protein is also packed with fiber, and we all know how important fiber is for our digestive health. It helps slow down the absorption of sugar into our bloodstream, keeping our blood sugar levels stable and preventing those dreaded sugar crashes. So not only will hemp protein keep us energized throughout the day, but it'll also keep our digestive system happy and healthy. Talk about a win-win!


Hemp protein contains a unique combination of amino acids, including something called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is like the fairy godmother of hormones, helping to regulate our menstrual cycles and reduce those pesky PMS symptoms.


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