Hemp proteins: uses and nutritional benefits

Hemp is a plant of the Cannabinaceae family. Originally from Central Asia, this plant is one of the oldest cultures of humanity. Usually used for industrial purposes: textile, building, plastics, etc.. It shows a renewed interest since the recognition of its nutritional benefits. After hulling and de-oiling of hemp seeds, we obtain hemp protein powder. Naming it as such is somewhat reductive, as it is much more than just protein: it is a whole matrix of nutrients beneficial to health. Alongside the proteins, we find magnesium and potassium: this trio is more than interesting for athletes, they improve recovery and participate in muscle function. Let us also note the presence of carbohydrates: sugar contributes to the formation of glycogen and to the nitrogenous saving (preserves proteins). In short, this superfood is undoubtedly the ally of the sportsmen. Latin name: Cannabis sativa L. Botanical family: Cannabinaceae. Part used: Seed.

Recommended consumption

Hemp protein powder is a concentrate of energy and nutrients. It is best to increase the doses as you go along in order to avoid unpleasant side effects. In cure or for pleasure, 5 to 15 g of Hemp protein powder per day, or 1 to 3 teaspoon(s) per day.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • In powder form
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Dinner
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Dish
  • Smoothies, juices
Precautions for use
  • Allergen: traces of gluten.

Health Nutrition Benefits

10g of Hemp Protein Powder contains a significant portion of the Population Nutrient Reference (PNR) for the following nutrients: Protein, Magnesium, Phosphorus. They also contain, to a lesser extent, Fiber, Iron, Potassium and Vitamin E.

As such, hemp protein can complement your healthy and varied diet.

Muscles and joints

Hemp protein powder is extremely rich in protein. This strong contribution stimulates muscular anabolism which develops the lean mass and contributes to muscular recovery. Also providing magnesium and potassium, Hemp protein powder is ideal to fight against muscle contraction disorders.


Hemp protein powder helps regulate blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides. Its low sugar content and richness in fiber modulates the absorption of nutrients, helping the body to regulate the arrival of nutrients. This powder is therefore suitable for diabetes or dyslipidemia (hypercholesterolemia or hypertriglyceridemia). Especially since it reduces the risks of vascular complications caused by these diseases. Indeed, it is also anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, it limits the progression of atheromatous plaques.

Nervous system, well-being

Hemp protein powder fights against fatigue. It is therefore perfect before, during and after a sports competition to stimulate and help the body to recover from the event. Indeed, the iron and magnesium it contains are known to fight fatigue. Also, it brings carbohydrates: essential to reform the stocks of glycogen. The carbohydrates form the ATP (energy used by the body to function, like the muscles to contract).

In addition, Hemp protein powder prevents iron deficiency which leads to a decrease in intellectual performance. In short, it supports both physical and mental resistance.

Digestive system

An insufficient consumption of fiber increases the risk of constipation. Hemp protein powder is rich in fiber and will thus restore digestive transit. Therefore, a cure of Hemp proteins fights against digestive transit disorders, to be integrated, obviously, within a varied and balanced diet.

Bone system

Hemp protein powder preserves the bones. As a magnesium and phosphorus vector (two minerals stored in the skeleton), it prevents fractures by contributing to bone mineralization. Proteins also contribute to bone health. Indeed, proteins form the protein framework of the bone, which corresponds to the structure that allows minerals to "cling".

Oral system

Hemp protein powder contains magnesium and phosphorus. These two minerals contribute to the maintenance of the teeth. Thus, this superfood is beneficial for oral health.

Nutritional properties

Main properties

  • Muscle tonic (protein, magnesium, potassium): hemp protein powder stimulates proteinogenesis. A power that maintains and develops muscle. It also participates in the contraction of muscles by its richness in potassium and magnesium. Potassium is involved in the functioning of muscles and magnesium is a muscle relaxant. However, the amminogram profile of hemp proteins is not complete, apparently three amino acids are limiting factors: lysine, tryptophan and leucine. This result comes from a scientific research, which allows us to affirm that Hemp protein powder complements the diet and does not replace it. This same article concludes that hemp is very digestible when de-oiled and de-hulled.
  • Anti-inflammatory: a study suggests that Hemp ProteinS hydrolysate (cut-up Hemp protein) has significant anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to inhibit the activation of monocytes by LPS (lipopolysaccharides). Monocytes are immune cells, they participate in immune defenses. An increase in the number of monocytes can characterize a chronic inflammatory condition.
  • Controls blood sugar (protein, fiber): proteins associated with fiber decrease the glycemic load of meals. This ability has been studied in Hemp protein. Two experiments demonstrate that Hemp protein lowers blood sugar concentrations after a meal resulting in a decrease in insulin levels.
  • Contributing to energy metabolism (magnesium, iron, phosphorus, carbohydrate, lipid): hemp protein powder does not only contain proteins. On the contrary, more than a third of its composition is represented by carbohydrates and lipids. These two macronutrients are essential to the body as they serve as fuel for the cells. In addition to macronutrients, we find iron, magnesium and phosphorus: they participate in the transformation of macronutrients into ATP (energy).

Secondary properties

  • Anti-hypertensive (potassium): through its potassium intake, Hemp protein powder acts on blood pressure. Indeed, the sodium/potassium ratio influences blood pressure: providing more potassium compared to sodium normalizes blood pressure. A double-blind, randomized, crossover study is underway in Canada. It will allow, in the future, to confirm the hypotensive potential of hemp proteins.
  • Nervous balancer (magnesium, potassium): hemp proteins contribute to the proper functioning of the nervous system. Very rich in magnesium, it participates in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, the messengers of nervous information. We also find potassium, which allows the transmission of nerve impulses.
  • Anti-fatigue (magnesium, iron): hemp protein powder helps reduce fatigue through its magnesium and iron content.
  • Contributing to tissue growth (magnesium, iron): rich in iron and magnesium, Hemp protein powder plays a role in the process of cell division: it participates in cell multiplication.
  • Remineralizing (magnesium, phosphorus): hemp protein powder is a carrier of minerals, such as magnesium and phosphorus. These two minerals are stored in richly mineralized tissues, such as bones and teeth.

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

To know more about the plant : Hemp

Hemp is an angiosperm plant belonging to the Cannabinaceae family. This annual plant is generally 1 to 2 m high. It likes bright environments and a basic pH soil. It is estimated that its culture is among the oldest of humanity. Its exact origin is difficult to identify. Archaeobotanical studies have found the first traces of Hemp in Central Asia. Subsequently, Hemp would have been introduced into Europe, as an agricultural plant, during the Bronze Age (from 22ᵉ to 16ᵉ century BC).

Everything is good in Hemp! Indeed, all the parts of the plant are used to obtain paper, fabric, rope, biocompounds with strong insulating power, fuel, biodegradable plastic, antibacterial detergents and recently food products, such as oil, flour, beer, etc.

Hemp protein powder is technically an achene. Recently, Hemp has seen its interest in food explode, France benefits from this craze as it is the largest producer of Hemp in Europe. From an international point of view, China is the world leader in Hemp. Concerning the inflorescences, these are not authorized to the harvest in France, because of the presence of molecule of the class of the cannabinoids.

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