Let’s just start right here… Hemp seeds are 1 of a few plants that contain 20 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids.
Many have always believed that a “complete” protein can only come from animal sources, however, you’ll see below this is not true and in fact a much more superior protein choice due to its other many benefits.
TABLE OF CONTENT:
1) The 9 essential amino acids & why they are important
2) Example of other plants that contain 1 or more amino acids
3) More protein than beef
4) Side-effects of eating too much animal protein
5) Benefits of eating more hemp seeds
6) How to use hemp seeds in your diet
7) Crunchy Hemp Granola Recipe
WHY are the essential amino acids so important?
Well, they perform a number of important roles in the body to ensure it functions at its best:
1) Phenylalanine: Phenylalanine is a precursor for the neurotransmitters tyrosine, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. It plays an integral role in the structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the production of other amino acids.
2) Valine: Valine is one of three branched-chain amino acids, meaning it has a chain branching off to one side of its molecular structure. Valine helps stimulate muscle growth and regeneration and is involved in energy production.
3) Threonine: Threonine is a principal part of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin, which are important components of the skin and connective tissue. It also plays a role in fat metabolism and immune function.
4) Tryptophan: Though often associated with causing drowsiness, tryptophan has many other functions. It’s needed to maintain proper nitrogen balance and is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates your appetite, sleep and mood.
5) Methionine: Methionine plays an important role in metabolism and detoxification. It’s also necessary for tissue growth and the absorption of zinc and selenium, minerals that are vital to your health.
6) Leucine: Like valine, leucine is a branched-chain amino acid that is critical for protein synthesis and muscle repair. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels, stimulates wound healing, and produces growth hormones.
7) Isoleucine: The last of the three branched-chain amino acids, isoleucine is involved in muscle metabolism and is heavily concentrated in muscle tissue. It’s also important for immune function, hemoglobin production, and energy regulation.
8) Lysine: Lysine plays a major role in protein synthesis, hormone and enzyme production, and the absorption of calcium. It’s also important for energy production, immune function, and the production of collagen and elastin.
9) Histidine: Histidine is used to produce histamine, a neurotransmitter that is vital to immune response, digestion, sexual function, and sleep-wake cycles. It’s critical for maintaining the myelin sheath, a protective barrier that surrounds your nerve cells.
As you can see, essential amino acids are at the core of many vital processes.
Though amino acids are most recognized for their role in muscle development and repair, the body depends on them for so much more.
That’s why not getting the adequate quantities of essential amino acids in, can have a detrimental impact on your entire body including your nervous, reproductive, immune and digestive systems.
JUST TO BE CLEAR….. hemp seeds aren’t the only plants that contain essential amino acids. There 1000’s of plants that contain these essential amino acids, but not many contain ALL 9.
Here are some other plants that contain 1 or more essential and non-essential amino acids.
- peas and pea protein
- whole grain rice
- sesame seeds
- turnip greens
- sunflower seeds
- kidney beans
- chia seeds
- All our superfoods
- ……and so much more!
Now, this is where many go wrong, eating a wide variety of plants is how you will ensure you get all the amino acids your body needs.
With our busy lives, poorer quality food sources, and limited options, this can be a challenge for many.
But with the superfoods that we offer, like our Hemp Hearts and a variety of protein shakes, you can easily, effectively, and conveniently get everything your body needs!
Not only that, hemp seeds contain more protein PER 100g than beef!!!! That’s 33g pure, clean protein per 100g weight.
The best part is that it doesn’t cause inflammation which is one of the main downsides of eating meat. Meat (as well as dairy & eggs, which are other conventional protein sources) cause HIGH inflammation in the body which could contribute to the following:
- Sore & stiff joints
- Calcium leaching from bones
- Skin break outs
- Psoriasis & rashes
- Poor bowel movements
- Parasite infestation
- Weakened immune system
- Weakened cardiovascular system.
Because meat often comes hand in hand with medium to high levels of saturated fats which contribute to increase in cholesterol & cardiovascular disease, this is another factor to consider when supplementing your protein intake with hemp seeds.
Hemps seeds happen to do much more than just build high-quality lean muscle. They contain Omega 3,6 & 9 as well which are vital for your body, especially the brain!
Now, just to be clear, no one is saying go vegan. We just want to highlight the powerful health benefits of hemp seeds and how they can truly heal & transform your body from the inside out.
Besides being an INCREDIBLE muscle building & repairing source, hemp seeds help with the following as well:
- Thing strong hair
- Strong nails
- Beautiful skin
- Healthy, strong joints
- Improves digestion
- Assists in maintaining a healthy weight
- Balanced the bodies PH levels
- Strengthens the immune system
From the above, it is very clear that supplementing your diet with Hemp Seeds can do wonders.
The best part, MOST of our recipes contain hemp seeds but just to get you started, here are 7 simple ways to include hemp seeds into your diet.
- Add to smoothies
- Sprinkle over oats or cereal
- Use in sauces and dips (see recipe here)
- Add to soups & stews (gives an AMAZING creamy texture)
- Sprinkle over salads
- Add to sushi (see recipe)
- Add to curries (another amazing way to add creaminess and depth)
And if you are wanting, even more, check out our latest blog, HEALTHY GRANOLA RECIPE (click here)! And as you guessed it, using hemp seeds a.k.a our HEMP HEARTS!
*no scientific or medical claims are being made on this website & what we share is based on our personal experience, testimonials from our clients & personal research.