Victory Hemp Foods is on a mission to improve health by providing healthy ingredient alternatives to food processors while creating a trusted and sustainable ingredient supply chain.
You’ll find helpful information in this blog to help consumers to make better choices and food formulators and manufacturers to make more informed / health-positive ingredient decisions.
The goal of this blog is to help you to learn specifically about the health benefits of hemp and to consider using our hemp seed-based protein and oil ingredients as a part of your ingredient deck.
As consumers and food processors increasingly embrace plant-based diets, it's important for all stakeholders to be aware of the health benefits of specific categories of foods, such as seeds and seed-derived proteins and oils, and within those categories the health benefits and drawbacks of commonly consumed foods and food ingredients.
Clearly, we're huge fans of hemp-seeds as a food and big-time fans of hemp seed-based ingredients for food processors and we’re going to share why below!
From a Humble Seed, a Plant-based Superfood!
Victory Hemp makes oils and protein powders from whole hemp seeds and hearts, which contain complete proteins that provide all nine amino acids and a nearly perfect ratio of fatty acids. Hemp is also free from the top eight allergens and easy to digest.
A Win in Every Bite
- Hemp is not a major allergen and is trending as a popular ingredient among consumers.
- V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein is a complete protein with a neutral flavor that formulates well in a variety of applications.
- Hemp supports diversification of commodity row crops in the supply chain with little reliance on synthetics and chemicals.
- V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein is a drop in replacement for formulators across a variety of applications and hemp’s nutritional advantages far outweigh current options.
Below are 8 of the Primary Health Benefits of Hemp
Health Benefits of Hemp #1 - Hemp is a Complete Protein
At 28% protein by weight, hemp seeds provide all nine essential amino acids necessary to support healthy muscles and connective tissues. Two main proteins in hemp seed protein, albumin and edestin, are rich in essential amino acids, with profiles comparable to soy. Hemp’s edestin content is among the highest of all plants.
Health Benefits of Hemp #2 - Vitamin Powerhouse
As a vegan protein source, hemp seeds contain more than 20 varieties of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, including vitamin E, lecithin, manganese, potassium, calcium, and as 50% protein powder, 25-40% of the recommended daily allowance of zinc, magnesium, iron, and copper.
Health Benefits of Hemp #3 - Rich in Healthy Fats
Hemp seeds are composed of more than 30 percent healthy fats. Dietary hemp seed is particularly rich in the omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA) and also contains elevated concentrations of the omega-3 fatty acid-linolenic acid (ALA). The LA:ALA ratio normally exists in hemp seed at 3:1 levels which is ideal for a healthy diet.1, 2, 3
Hemp seeds also contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which supports the normal function and growth of cells, nerves, muscles, and organs throughout your body.4 Hemps seeds are about 25 percent protein and also provide nutrients including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.3, 5
Research has shown that the consumption of hemp seeds may also help improve athletic performance and recovery beyond the basic nutritional components due to the anti-inflammatory properties of its fat components.
Health Benefits of Hemp #4 - Easy to Digest
Whole hemp seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which may support digestive health and more.14 Soluble fiber dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fiber may help with weight control.15 Insoluble fiber does not dissolve at all and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.14
Fiber also plays an essential role in your digestive, heart, and skin health, and may improve blood sugar control, weight management, and more.14
Hemp is also one of the most bioavailable or digestible proteins because it contains biologically active globular protein. Two-thirds of the protein found in hemp seeds is edestin protein. The other one-third of hemp seed protein is albumin, another high quality globulin protein.
Hemp protein is also easy to digest because of its lack of oligosaccharides and trypsin inhibitors, which can affect protein absorption and also provides nutrients including vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc.3, 13
Health Benefits of Hemp #5 - Free from the Top 8 Allergens
Unlike soy and almonds, hemp seeds are a protein source without major allergens.
Health Benefits of Hemp #6 - Heart Health
Hemp seeds contain numerous heart-healthy compounds, including the amino acid arginine.5 L-arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide in your body. It has been shown to enhance blood flow and help you maintain optimal blood pressure.3 Nitric oxide signals the smooth muscle cells in your blood vessels to relax, so that your vessels dilate and your blood flows more freely which helps your arteries stay free of plaque.6 The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) found in hemp seeds is anti- inflammatory, another bonus for heart health.7 Past research (in animals) has also shown hemp seeds may help reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clots, and boost recovery after a stroke.8,9,10,11
Health Benefits of Hemp #7 - Skin Health
Fatty-acid deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, but skin problems such as eczema, thick patches of skin, and cracked heels are common.12 Hemp seeds are a rich source
of fatty acids in the optimal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Research suggests hemp seed oil may improve symptoms of atopic dermatitis and potentially provide relief from eczema (atopic dermatitis).13
Health Benefits of Hemp #8 - May Help Relieve PMS & Menopause Symptoms
The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in hemp seeds produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of the hormone prolactin.7 Prolactin is thought to play a role in the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).16 Preliminary research suggests that hemp seeds may help with menopause symptoms.22
Why You Should Use Victory Hemp Proteins and Oils as Ingredients in Your Next Plant-Based Food Product
Victory Hemp proteins and oils will not only bring your company into the fast-growing market of hemp, with all of the health benefits that hemp offers, but also easily differentiate your products to consumers so that your company can swiftly meet its product performance and business goals.
Victory Hemp produces a plant-based protein powder (V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein) that is neutral in flavor and color.
It offers critical functional benefits that solve your formulation needs for plant-based proteins:
- High water binding capacity
- Emulsifies well
- May be used to increase maillard browning
Sensory Profile: Use V-70™ Hemp Heart Protein in many applications:
- Clean, neutral flavor, no need for expensive flavor masking agents
- Near-white color
- Attractive texture – no grittiness
V-ONE™ Hemp Heart Oil is produced from pressing hemp seed hearts (hemp seeds with the hulls removed). The removal of the hull before pressing results in an oil ingredient with all of the health benefits of hemp seed-based ingredients with a more pleasing sensory profile.
By starting with hemp hearts, V-ONE™ Hemp Heart Oil is made without the use of hexane or the typical refining steps for oils.
Sensory Profile: Use V-ONE™ Hemp Heart Oil in many applications:
- Lightly nutty flavor, similar to pine nuts.
- Light, straw-colored oil.
- Uses: Food & Beverage Manufacturers, Skin Care, Retailers, Foodservice
Our Hemp Seed-Based Ingredients Provide the Health Benefits of Hemp with Minimal Processing While Delivering Maximum Function.
Victory Hemp ingredients are “clean." Consumers—and the food industry—are moving towards more natural, clean ingredient solutions.20, 21 Our proteins and oils align with this growing trend.
By manufacturing without solvents and avoiding low temperatures at all stages of processing, we deliver products that are minimally processed and preserve quality characteristics required to maintain the organic chain of custody.
We also help technologists solve taste and texture without compromising nutrition. Our newest proteins and oils have a neutral taste profile, and a very light color; thus, masking agents are not required for many applications compared to many other proteins.
Our Products are Ethically Sourced and Our Supply Chain is Transparent
Our hemp seed-based products allow your company to join the plant-based proteins and oils movement—in a better way. We’re dedicated to working with and supporting family farms and empowering local communities. Victory Hemp proteins and oils are sustainable with a transparent supply chain. In recent years, sustainably-marketed product sales have grown by 30 percent, and are predicted to reach $140.5 billion by 2023.17
In addition to transparency, our healthy hemp ingredients are also eco-friendly: compared to pistachios, almonds, and other nuts, hemp has a much smaller water footprint.18 Or look at palm oil, for example, and its production, which is destroying tropical rainforests and important animal habitats.19 Growing hemp, on the other hand, is restoring U.S. farmlands and those communities.
All Victory Hemp products are Non-GMO Project Certified and Certified Kosher, and Certified Organic products are available—all of which meet various consumer dietary needs and desires.
Overall, our ingredients have the potential to be sustainable, clean, and nutritious foundational ingredients for many applications across a wide range of products. Meet your business goals by simplifying product manufacturing with Victory Hemp.
Your consumers are becoming aware of the health benefits of hemp. To learn more, book a quick call to learn more!