Hemp protein and the ideal amino acid profile of hemp
"Plant proteins are much better utilised by the body than proteins of animal origin." (Barbara Simonsohn in "Super Food HANF")
Proteins form the structural framework of our body. This is because they are involved in building cell walls, connective tissue, muscles, enzymes and various membranes. An optimal intake of proteins is essential, as they are responsible for a number of functions: including the formation of antibodies, hormones and enzymes, the renewal of damaged tissue, the provision of nutritional energy and the maintenance of mineral balance. The protein keratin makes our hair grow and shine. Collagen, in turn, builds skin and connective tissue. Without proteins, there is also no stability of bones and teeth. Proteins provide energy, ensure acid-base balance, are responsible for optimal fluid balance and help with wound healing and blood clotting.
However, too much protein of animal origin promotes high cholesterol and can contribute to the onset of cardiovascular disease. Plant protein, e.g. from the hemp plant, offers a remedy here, because eating this protein does not lead to these symptoms, as protein in hemp is particularly well-balanced and also especiallyeasily digestible.
Hemp | One of the richest and best sources of protein anywhere
There are 20 amino acids in our bodies, eight of which are so-called essential ones that the body must absorb through food. These are: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Thereonine, Tryptophan and Valine. All these amino acids are needed in a balanced ratio. Only when all amino acids are available at the same time and in the necessary quantity are we able to perform both physically and mentally and our defence system is strong. Foods that contain all essential amino acids are called "biologically high-quality protein". Hemp contains, and this is a rarity in the plant kingdom, all essential and non-essential amino acids in a balanced composition. It thus has an ideal amino acid profile for the human body.
An overview of the essential amino acids and their importance:
- Tryptophan: Our brain produces the feel-good and happiness hormone serotonin from this amino acid. Serotonin lifts the mood and prevents mood swings. In the evening, the body converts serotonin into the sleep hormone melatonin.
- Histidine: It increases the resistance of the organism and is important for blood circulation.
- Isoleucine: Is important for optimal growth and normal blood glucose levels.
- Leucine: Is equally important for healthy body growth and also promotes healing processes.
- Lysine: This amino acid is also important for healthy growth, in addition it is responsible for the storage of calcium and the build-up of antibodies.
- Methionine and cystine: These two promote the detoxification of the organism, protect against UV and X-ray radiation and destroy free radicals. They also prevent premature skin ageing and build muscle mass while burning body fat.
- Phenylalanine and tyrosine: They strengthen our nervous system and are also ideal for combating mood swings and pain.
- Theronine: Is necessary for the formation of collagen and elastin, which build up the skin and keep it elastic.
- Valine: This amino acid stimulates and strengthens the energy reserves of the muscles and promotes muscle growth.
The hemp milk obtained from hemp is full of valuable proteins, as is the now very popular hemp protein powder, which can be used quite easily, e.g. in smoothies. Especially for athletes, sick people, mental and creative workers, pregnant women, children, vegans, vegetarians and people with an increased need for high-quality protein due to stress, hemp is recommended as a regular part of their diet.