Hemp Protein Powder Nutritional Information
Hemp seed pROTEIN
The body uses 21 different amino acids. 9 are classified as "essential" meaning that the body doesn't manufacture its own supply and they must be obtained from external protein sources such as meat, poultry, eggs, chia seeds, hemp or quinoa. The amino acids found in hemp seeds are listed below:
Nine Essential Amino Acids
Four Nonessential Amino Acids
Eight Conditionally Essential Amino Acids
Health Benefits of Amino Acids
Amino acids are proteins. The primary purpose of proteins in the human body is to repair and maintain muscle tissue. As the building blocks of protein, supplemental amino acids are taken by athletes to help with muscle recovery from demanding workouts and for building strength by increasing muscle mass. For those who maintain a demanding athletic fitness regimen more protein is required. The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends 1.5grams to 2.0 grams of additional protein per kilogram of body weight each day for those who are exercising.
Most plant-based sources do not supply all essential amino acids. For example, most vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains only have three or four of the eight essential amino acids. Quinoa, chia, soy, and hemp are some of the few plant-based foods that do have all essential amino acids. Vegetarians and vegans need to consume a broad variety of plant-derived protein sources to ensure they receive the full range and balance of essential amino acids their bodies require.
Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
This is the most common form of supplement taken by athletes and bodybuilders. BCAA supplements contain a mixture of leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Hemp seed and hemp protein powder is a good source of all three BCAA’s. These 3 amino acids reduce protein breakdown and improve biosynthesis after training.
Besides aiding in increased muscle growth, branch chained amino acids can aid in the following:
1. Reduced muscle soreness
2. Decreased exercise-induced fatigue
3. Prevention of muscle wasting
4. Managed symptoms of the liver disease cirrhosis
Some natural animal food sources for branched chain amino acids include milk, beef, chicken, fish, and eggs.
Plant sources of BCAAS (hemp protein, soy protein, pea protein)
Plant-derived sources for BCAAs include: hemp Protein, soy proteins, baked beans, lima beans, chickpeas, lentils, whole wheat, brown rice, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds.
BCAAs and Athletes
Research has shown that branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) support the immune system and aid exercise recovery, and therefore athletes may benefit from incorporating BCAA into their exercise recovery regimen. Dairy products provide BCAA, but many athletes have allergies to dairy or preferences for a dairy-free diet.
Few athletes would be able to handle dairy products before a run because of digestibility. On one hand, we all want to have the maximum benefit of proteins, so absorption is the major hurdle. It is no help to eat great amounts of protein that is only irritating your gut and passing through.
Hemp seed has a uniquely high amount of BCAAs compared to other vegetarian protein sources. Based on it’s BCAA content, hemp milk or hemp protein powder would be a great addition to a post-workout smoothie. Watch this space as Chia Sisters will be pushing to get this on the market in 2020.
Extra BCAA can also decrease lactic acid production for improved endurance, (this is reducing the “hitting the wall” effect in a long race” and there is substantial evidence that it reduces skeletal muscle loss after exercise while boosting immune response.