- Hemp seeds - good fats, protein and fibre packed
Hemp seeds - good fats, protein and fibre packed
With a rich nutritional profile and a wide range of health benefits for athletes, we knew we simply had to include raw organic hemp seeds in our Elite Pre and Post Workout Shakes. These tiny power-packed seeds contain all the good fats you’ll ever need and as much protein as a chicken breast!
They tick many boxes for athletes, but also for anyone looking for optimal health, as you’ll see below.
Rich in good fats
Organic hemp seeds are high in polyunsaturated fat. Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 are crucial for optimum health but it’s worth noting Omega-6 is inflammatory.
Omega-3 is an integral part of all cell membranes and regulates blood, heart and genetic function. It also prevents heart disease and reduces stroke risk.
But there’s a limit to the amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 the body can use and the ratio between the two is very important. A 1:4 ratio is spot on, but the typical Western diet is too often way out of line, coming close to 1:12 or more which can cause problems.
Being naturally high in Omega-3, hemp seeds are a brilliant - and easy – way to redress this typical imbalance.
Power-packed with complete protein
When it comes to protein, hemp seeds are king. At a whopping 31% protein, they’re a pound-for-pound match with chicken.
Not only that, but they’re a ‘Complete Protein’: they provide all 20 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids – those which our bodies are unable to produce and thus we need to get from real food.
Protein is hugely beneficial for athletes. It breaks down into amino-acids and is used to repair muscle which is damaged during training and racing. Protein is also key for immune function. Hemp seeds were always going to be a key ingredient in our Pre and Post Workout Shake for this reason alone, even before you add the other benefits!
Hemp seeds are high in dietary fibre which keeps digestion and your gut healthy. Anyone who’s run a marathon will attest to the importance of a happy stomach at Mile 18!
Not only is fibre good for cardiovascular health and weight loss, it’s also low on the glycaemic index ensuring energy is released slowly into your system. This is essential for athletes in search of a reliable, constant source of energy rather than the peaks and troughs related with high GI foods.
Hemp seeds – further benefits
Organic hemp seeds are also great for anyone looking for optimal health.
Further benefits include:
- Reducing risk of heart disease
- Improving skin health
- Lowering cholesterol
- Reducing menopause symptoms
- Boosting your immune system
- A natural appetite suppressant
- Promoting healthy digestion
This stuff matters because you can’t reach great performance without great health!