Hemp seeds - a new superfood for 2014? Women's Health & Fitness

Hemp seeds

What is it?
The seed of the hemp plant is “an excellent source of minerals and has a delicious flavour”.

What do you do with it?
Drink it as a milk, sprinkle over salad or dessert, or even add it to your baked goods.

How much to take?
Three to five tablespoons or 15 to 25 g daily.

Is it super?
“Yes, it’s a great source of complete protein (35 per cent) and an excellent source of globular, highly absorbable edestin, which builds blood albumin,” says Wolfe. Albumin is the main protein in human plasma and ferries hormones, drugs and enzymes through the body. “Hemp seeds have the ideal ratio of 1:3 omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids and also contain the anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid GLA.” A 2010 review published in Nutrition and Metabolism concluded that hemp seed may positively influence heart disease. But beware big nights: A recent study at Sun Yat-Yen University suggests a hemp seed drink may make a hangover last longer.