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Vegetarian Body Building using Hemp Seed Protein Nutrition

Updated on July 11, 2017

Vegetarian bodybuilding is the new trend in gyms all around the world. Protein from plants has a number of advantages over animal protein. Meats are indeed a good source of protein; however, the animals are pumped up with all sorts of anabolic hormones which render the meat less than fit for human consumption. Not to mention the high levels of saturated fats associated with meat.

In order to gain muscles from meat, a large amount of meat has to be eaten to provide the body with the necessary amino acids. Hemp seeds on the other hand can be consumed in smaller quantities to gain all the necessary amino acids. Vegetarian bodybuilding using hemp nutrition also prevents strokes and heart attacks. Eating meat also increases the chance of the person developing cancer and heart problems.

Hemp nutrition in association with almond nutrition will complement each other and totally eliminate the need for meat proteins. The amino acids that is scarce in the hemp seed protein such as tryptophan is abundant in almonds. The protein content of hemp seeds are approximately 30% which means that lot hemp nut is not required at each serving. Thirty grams of hemp seed powder will provide 10 grams of lean bio-available protein.

Comparing other Good sources of vegetarian protein to Hemp seed nutrtion
Comparing other Good sources of vegetarian protein to Hemp seed nutrtion

The Main Amino Acids

There are two types of amino acids; essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. Both of these amino acids are needed in order for protein synthesis to occur in the body. A shortage of any one of the essential amino acids will become a limiting factor for the proper synthesis of protein and vegan bodybuilding.

The essential amino-acids are required for the normal growth and development of muscles. Growth will not happen without all of the essential amino acids. The non-essential amino acids are required to work alongside the essential amino acids and provide a synergetic effect. Some essential amino acids are synthesized from non-essential amino acids.

Essential Amino Acids
Non-Essential Amino Acids
Histidine 1.406%
Alanine 2.289%
Isoleucine 2.269%
Arginine 6.262%
Leucine 3.551%
Aspartic Acid 5.303%
Threonine 1.969%
Cystine 0.824%
Methionine 1.194%
Glutamic Acid 9.257%
Valine 2.364%
Glycine 2.479%
Tryptophan 0.678%
Proline 2.029%
Phenylalanine 2.192%
Serine 2.830%


Bio-availability of the amino acids is very important for building muscles. The opportunity to build muscles is right after a rigorous workout. At this point the muscles are craving for amino acids to initiate muscle repair. Most muscle repair happens within a short period after working out and the opportunity lessens as time progresses. The benefit of hemp nutrition is that the amino acids are immediately available.

Protein from meat takes some time for the complex amino acid chains to be broken down. Not all of the proteins from meat are absorbed because it takes too long to be broken down. Most meat protein simple just passes through the system. Another benefit of hemp nutrition is the phytonutrients and enzymes it contains helps to speed up the rate of absorption. This is one of the advantages a vegan builder has.

Hemp seed also has the proper carbohydrate and fat ratio which is required for the proper absorption of the amino acids. The disadvantage of free form (powder) protein shakes is that the amino acids still needs the proper ratio of carbohydrate and fat to push it across the absorption barriers. The carbohydrates and the fats are also required for the metabolism of the amino acids. Everything that is needed for absorption is already in Hemp seeds.

strands of muscles
strands of muscles | Source

Muscle Recovery and Pain Relief

The Essential fatty acids found in hemp nutrition provide the necessary lubrication for the joints during strenuous exercises. It also helps in soothing joint pains. Muscles need Essential fatty acids as stand by energy. Therefore a healthy coat of Essential fatty acids is required for all muscles. A surplus of omega 3 fatty acids is an advantage of hemp seeds.

Hemp nutrition contains strong anti-inflammatory properties. This is due to it being an alkaline plant. After a strenuous bout of exercise, the body is in a very acidic state. The hemp nuts help to recalibrate the body to an alkaline state. This again is due the essential fatty acids alongside vitamin E and other minerals. The muscles recover much faster in an alkaline state and also provide relief from soreness. Hemp oils naturally reduce muscle inflammation.

Rasta Build a Youth Hemp protein Shake recipe

250ml (1 glass) of organic almond milk

2 tbls (30g) of organic hemp protein powder

Half of a ripe banana.

A sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

3 tbls of honey

PREPARATION: Blend ingredients together thoroughly.

Serving for one or two.

Testosterone and Muscle booster

The most important hormone in terms of muscle growth is testosterone. Hemp nutrition contains zinc, aspartic acid and magnesium. Zinc makes the insulin mechanism of the body more efficient. Therefore, the necessary sugars are fed directly to the muscles at all times. A single serving of hemp seeds will provide more than half the daily requirements. Zinc also reduces the possibility of developing diabetes. Zinc helps by channeling glucose to the muscles providing the opportunity for longer high stress level workouts.

Magnesium is needed to synthesize ATP in the muscles. ATP is the immediate energy source used by muscles. Magnesium also releases the hormone testosterone from the binding protein SHBG. Hence, the testosterone is more bio-available. The testosterone level in the blood subsequently increases.

Aspartic acid is a non-essential amino acid that is used in the production of signal molecules that results in higher levels of testosterone and sperm cells. Hemp nutrition contains zinc, magnesium and aspartic in considerable amounts.


All of the vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and enzymes in hemp seeds are perfect for vegetarian bodybuilding. There is not even a need to look to other sources of protein. However, a combination with cashew or almond is recommended because of their high levels of tryptophan. Avoid combining hemp with soy products, as this may lead to indigestion. Many Rastafarian vegan bodybuilders have built lean muscles using hemp seed protein.

For more information before buying go to Benefits of Hemp Nutrition.

Other Benefits of Hemp

How Hemp Seed Nutrition Reduces Heart Attacks and Strokes:Shows how hemp seeds provide the correct ratio of essential fatty acids that will help in improving the overall circulatory system. The role of globular proteins in the circulatory system will be discussed. Shows how hemp nutrition can reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Benefits of Hemp Nutrition: Gives a comprehensive break down of the overall nutritional content of hemp seeds. The article gives a complete analysis of the ratio of each nutrient. The type of proteins that hemp nutrition provides will also be discussed. The medicinal benefits will also be examined.

How Hemp Nutrition Can Make You Smarter: Because omegas 3’s are concentrated in the brain and is not produced by the body, it has to be sourced from nuts such as hemp seeds. The article also demonstrates why vitamin E is a very powerful brain antioxidant.

Why Hemp Fuel is the Best Alternative Energy:For too long now, all nations have become dependent on crude oil when there is a much cheaper alternative. The startup cost for growing hemp for energy is a mere fraction of drilling expeditions and nuclear plants. The economic and environmental benefits will be explored.

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    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Sanjay. Thank you very much for passing through. Blessed love.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Kathleen. It is one of my favorite topics to research. Hemp has so so much potential.

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Audrey. I drink a lot of almond milk too. At least three glasses per day. Thanks for the energy.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      5 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Excellent hub and voted up.

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      5 years ago from Bridgewater

      another excellent hub! great work covering such a great topic!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you for this informative hub on the benefits of Hemp seeds. I'm eager to add these to my diet. I use almond milk regularly. Your hubs on nutrition are amazing and I am now your biggest fan. :) - Audrey

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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Shaw, I am trying to clear some time to properly work on this niche.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I really like this niche of yours. I always promote these on my social networks - but I don't always comment because this stuff just isn't available to me for the obvious reasons.

      I like to think that won't always be the case though :-/

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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Lady_E, Almond milk does taste yummy. I hope to continue to educate you more on some other interesting topics.

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting Hub.

      I learn a lot from your Hubs. I eat almonds (Almond but I never knew there was Almond Milk. That must be so tasty....


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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Cardisa, I am gonna try 2 more niches, then come back to hemp.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      I am definitely going to tryy that shake Rasta. You have really found your niche with this one. Keep them coming.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mordor, They should use it for industrialization and medicine purpose at least. Thanks for the energy. will do a couple more hubs on aloe next week.

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      Stoill Barzakov 

      8 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      I really want hemp legalized when I read your hubs Rasta ;)

      Voted up.

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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect tammy, Body building for vegans is pretty hard. This did take a lot of research time out of me. It seems not to be a popular topic. I guess most vegans rather stay skinny. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      You really did your research. This is a thourough hub. I can just imagine how hard it is for vegetarians to build mass. Great job!


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