Food for Thought… Body and Brain

Food for Thought… Body and Brain

Laura Noble

Protein is required by the human body in order to function and maintain good health. The body needs protein to form muscle, transport nutrients and to build and repair tissue. The antibodies our immune system needs to protect us from illness are made up of proteins.

What about the brain?

The protein you eat also has a major influence on brain activity, your energy, and ability to focus. (This is major for growing children). For your brain to function adequately, the central nervous system requires a number of amino acids found in protein foods.

The amino acid serine play important roles in the central nervous system function. Amino acids tryptophan, tyrosine, histidine, and arginine are used by the brain for the synthesis of various neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. (Sounds rather important - right?)

Tryptophan is the rarest of the essential amino acids found in food. The availability of tryptophan to the brain can alter behavioral factors such as alertness, level of depression, aggression, and pain sensitivity.

Well guess what?

Hemp seeds contain tryptophan and all those other amino acids... plus more.

So why is that so important? 

All protein is not created equal. Just because a food is considered high in protein, does not mean it’s a complete protein.

There are nine essential amino acids a food must contain to be considered a complete protein. Eleven amino acids are produced by the body. The other nine we must get from foods. It takes 20-amino acids bonding together in a chain to form a protein.

The body does not store essential amino acids. If we do not get all nine essential amino acids together in the same meal the body will just break them down for energy instead of building proteins.

Hemp seed is special because it contains all 20 amino acids!

Think of this, proteins are required for building the antibodies our immune system needs to protect us from illnesses; but if your immune system is already compromised, maybe depending on the body to build those needed proteins from the non-essential amino acids in the body may be a struggle. Hemp will bring it all to the table.

The brain needs not only amino acids for good function; it needs essential fatty acids too. Fatty acids help rebuild brain cells, slow cognitive decline, and also strengthen the synapses in your brain related to memory.  What’s super cool about hemp seeds is they serve both needs for the brain by providing protein and omegas (the good fats).

We aren’t making claim hemp seeds cure disease, we’re just saying hemp may give your body the ammunition to combat autoimmune, and may help brain function. That can encompass a lot of stuff too, from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s; coeliac disease to diabetes; to just staying strong and healthy to begin with.

You don’t have to be a body builder or vegan to appreciate hemp’s outstanding nutrition; everyone should be eating a serving of hemp every day to at least 3 times a week.  

Hemp is a plant based protein that does it all.  

(The following formula is a guideline and may help you to determine how much complete protein you require each day:

  • Divide your body weight in pounds by 2.2.    
  • Then multiply that number by 0.8.

The resulting number gives you the number of grams of protein you need each day for proper overall body health maintenance and brain optimization.)

Buy Lady Jane Gourmet Seed Co hemp seed food products. 100% hemp protein powder to add to your smoothies, hemp flour to bake in your favorite recipes including cookies and muffins, whole toasted hemp seeds to snack on or put in salads. Adding hulled hemp seeds to any dish is easy. #EatSomeHemp   

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