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When you consider health problems caused by consuming too much indigestible (cooked) protein, it should drive home point that our body is a living organism made up of living cells, and protein composes 15 percent of our body, therefore protein we take in should be living rather than dead.
Hemp protein is a living plant protein which contains all 20 known amino acids including 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. When pressed and milled, result is perfect high performance vegetarian whole food which may be used in place of all protein sources or supplements. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet body's needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet. In fact, hemp Protein is not only very high in fiber, but is unique in plant kingdom for its perfect balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates, making it easy to substitute into any type of diet. A live protein concentrate, hemp protein is loaded with what your body needs, including all 9-10 essential amino acids, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, enzymes, natural anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Hemp protein is free of tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. Soybeans contain a higher total percentage of protein, but these are complex proteins that many people find difficult to digest. An important aspect of hemp seed protein is a high content of arginine (123 mg/g protein) and histidine (27 mg/g protein), both of which are important for growth during childhood, and of sulfur-containing amino acids methionine (23 mg/g protein) and cysteine (16 mg/g protein), which are needed for proper enzyme formation. Cysteine's importance is related to presence of a sulfur-containing thiol group in its side chain. This group participates in catalytic reactions of certain enzymes, such as that of papain. Methionine is required because it assists in breakdown of fats and thereby prevents build-up of fat in arteries, as well as assisting with digestive system and removing heavy metals from body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying liver. The amino acid methionine is also a great antioxidant as sulfur it supplies inactivates free radicals. It may also be used to treat depression, arthritis pain as well as chronic liver disease - although these claims are still under investigation. Some studies have also indicated that methionine might also improve memory recall.
Approximately 65% of protein in hemp seeds is made up Edestin and is found only in hemp seed. "Edistins (also spelled edestine) are plant globulins, and are classified as globular proteins. Globulins perform many enzymatic functions within plasma itself. The human body uses globulin proteins to make antibodies that attack infecting agents that invade body." Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered backbone of cell's DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites.
In addition to being an excellent protein source, hemp powder can also be used as a quick and convenient blood sugar stabilizer because of high fiber content which will again help in weight loss.
Pauline Robinson is a Nutritional and Metabolic Bio Typing Consultant for HealthSmart Nutrition
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