Hemp is a common ingredient in many vegan protein powders.
The following chart shows a typical hemp protein’s amino acid profile. Essential amino acids have a little asterisk next to their names.
This graph was generated using our amino acid profile comparison tool.
It might be easier to read in table form. Essential amino acids are again marked with an asterisk (*).
|% of total amino acids|
Overall Summary of Hemp Protein’s Amino Acid Profile
Hemp is debatably a complete amino acid. It has some quantity of all essential amino acids.
The reason I say debatably is because some people do not consider it complete because it’s very low in lysine. But as long as you’re not getting 100% of your protein from hemp, it’s a non-issue.
Compared to whey protein, just for reference to an animal protein, there are only a few main differences:
- Hemp is relatively high in arginine and glycine
- Hemp is relatively low in leucine, isoleucine, and threonine
Considering leucine and isoleucine are both essential amino acids, that’s not great for hemp. But overall, hemp is a high quality protein source with a solid amino acid profile, which is arguably even better than soy’s amino acid profile.
Finally, note that beans compliment hemp quite well. They have a lot of leucine and isoleucine, and are great vegan sources of tryptophan.