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Food Ingredients from Germinated Hemp Seeds

The technology to produce these foods is equally unique and ensures the preservation of a maximum amount of nutrients in an available and easily digestible form.
The food ingredients from germinated hemp seed may be effectively used in the prevention of civilization diseases, treatment of inflammatory diseases of all kinds, weight reduction and as an important element in anti-aging action.

The product line consists from raw-dried germinated hemp seeds, cold-pressed germinated hemp seed oil and germinated hemp protein powders.
The technology to produce these foods is equally unique and ensures the preservation of a maximum amount of nutrients in an available and easily digestible form.
The food ingredients from germinated hemp seed may be effectively used in the prevention of civilization diseases, treatment of inflammatory diseases of all kinds, weight reduction and as an important element in anti-aging action.

Changes in Carbohydrates
Simple sugars are the imminent source of energy for the seed development during germination process. While raw hemp seed contains about 2.00% of sugars, germinated hemp seed contains less than 0.20% of sugars.

Changes in Protein
Big bundles of globular protein are broken down into oligo-peptides or individual amino acids. Germinated hemp seed is also rich in active enzymes that assist quality digesting of proteins. Total protein content remains unchanged when compared to raw hemp seed.

Changes in Fats
The most dramatic changes in germinating hemp seed occur on the fat side. Most of the “food fat” comes in a form of triglyceride (TAG), which is formed, by one glycerol molecule and three molecules of fatty acid. Fatty acids are a family of molecules classified as lipid macro nutrients. One of their roles within human and animal metabolism is energy production in the form of synthesis of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Alpha-Linolenic fatty acid also acts as a agent for DHA synthesis.

During germination the TAGs are hydrolysed and broken into di-glycerides (DAG) or mono-glycerides (MAG) and free fatty acids (FFAs). But since FFAs are immediately used-up as energy source needed for seed growth, the overall Acid Number (Free Fatty Acid Number) of the oil from germinated hemp seed is not considerably higher compared to oil from raw hemp seeds. The typical Acid Number is 2.00 mg/g.

While TAG represent a material suitable to build fat supplies, DAGs are channeled into the liver where they serve as a direct energy source. Thereby, they also assist metabolism and intensify burning. And it is likely to be one of the reasons why they help reducing weight. This effect has been confirmed by several studies.

Up to 25% of fat in germinating hemp seed can be converted into DAGs. Conventional cooking oils are mostly TAG fats, with a small amount of DAG fats. TAGs are hydrophobic while DAGs are hydrophilic – they bond water chemically. This difference is very important from the perspective of fat transfer in the body and industrial applications. 70% of the DAG fats in germinated oil are in the (1,3) form.

Moreover, the product is extremely stable despite the absence of preservatives.
The anti-oxidant capacity can be demonstrated on increased level of tocopherols in our cold-pressed germinated hemp seed oil when compared to hemp oil from raw hemp seeds:
• Gamma-tocopherol +18%
• Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E) +131%
• Total tocopherol +29%

The high proportion of the Vitamin E form present in the oil enhances the omega-3 fatty acid effects and adds to the significant anti-oxidant and strong anti-inflammatory effects of the oil.

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