Hemp is a very hardy and versatile plant; it was once grown widely in the United States for its fiber. Hemp is rich in omega fatty acids, protein and fiber. Hemp is loaded with all 20 amino acids. This densely nutritious food is a great addition to the diet of anyone seeking for plant based protein and is preferred by vegans and vegetarians. The protein in hemp is very digestible which makes it a great choice for sensitive diets.
Hemp protein is the most digestible protein source available for the human body. Hemp protein contains a special blend of two highly digestible and soft proteins called albumin and edestin. Hemp protein can be used to enhance total protein intake for non-vegans and vegans alike; it is considered a superior protein source because of its above average digestibility which also makes it ideal for athletes. Additional benefits of hemp protein include potential immune enhancing and anti-fatigue properties which makes it even more ideal for athletes.
Globular proteins like edestin are regarded as being the most bioavailable, usable sources of protein for the human body. The word edestin is derived from the Greek word ‘edestos’ which means edible. Edestin has been found to contain higher levels of essential amino acids compared to soy and you will avoid the harsh extraction process that is used to turn the soy bean to protein powder.
Hemp proteins is also critical in digestive disorders; most people shy away from protein powders because this type of product has a reputation for causing dietary upset. However, hemp protein does not bother most people digestive system. The reason hemp powder is gentle on stomachs is because unlike whey proteins and soy proteins, hemp protein contains no oligosaccharides. Oligosaccharides are the natural chemical responsible for gas in the body and a common source of stomach upset. Since hemp protein does not contain oligosaccharides, it is easy to digest. The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body.
Hemp contains albumin and edestin, two globular proteins. Globular proteins dissolve easily so they are readily accessible for the body to use. While some look to soy proteins, soy is a lot more difficult for the body to digests where its inhibitors block the action of trypsin and other enzymes required to break down the protein. This can normally result in unwanted gas and bloating.