The shelled hemp seeds are considered a Superfood for their excellent nutritional properties. We will analyze in this article the properties and characteristics of hemp protein, what are the features that make it so exceptional in the nutritional field and what benefits it brings to our health the fact of incorporating it into our diet.
The first thing we will mention is that the hemp protein can be ingested through the hemp seeds or through the crushed protein powder. In the first case the amount of protein is less than that of the protein powder.
In the case of the Ecocanem peeled seeds we find 35% per 100 g of protein, while the protein powder is around 50%. On the other hand, the unshelled seed usually does not exceed 25%. However, the whole seed contains a fiber index (20% per 100 g) much higher than without a shell (6%).
- Hemp protein contains a high content of high quality vegetable protein.
- It treats of a protein of easy absorption, that is to say, that the body digests it easily. This is one of the reasons why it is a protein so appreciated in the world of sports and people who make vegetarian or vegan diet.
- It is a protein that contains the 21 aminoacids, including the 9 essential amino acids that our body needs and does not produce by itself, are amino acids that we only get through food. Among these amino acids are sulfur, methionine and cysteine, and their high arginine content. This makes it highly valued as a nutritional supplement in protein-rich diets. (1)
Benefits for the health associats
Arginine is an amino acid that our body uses to generate nitric oxide, a gas molecule that stimulates the dilation and relaxation of blood vessels, which translates into a reduction in blood pressure and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. (2,3)
A medical study of the NIH (National Institutes of health) (4) conducted more than 13,000 people, concluded that the increase in arginine consumption caused a reduction in the levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation associated with cardiovascular diseases. (5)
The protein contributes to the increase of muscular mass and to the maintenance of the bones. (6)