The Wonders of Chia Seeds

August 11, 2013 Nutrition

chia seedsChia seeds are little black and white seeds that have been used as early as the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures. The word “chia”means strength in the Mayan culture.

They are frequently used in raw vegan nutrition but their health benefits should give everyone enough reasons to try them. Chia seeds are so nutritious and healthy that they are considered one of the so-called superfoods. A complete source of protein with all 8 amino acids, rich in omega 3 fats, fiber, minerals and antioxidants, this precious food can be added to yogurt or soups. It can also make a delicious pudding for breakfast when combined with water, your favorite fruit, a bit of honey and a pinch of cinnamon.

Chia seeds are gluten free and have surprising benefits for your health. Only two tablespoons of chia outperform many foods which are more popular. They contain three times more iron than spinach and three times more antioxidants than blueberries, which are a rich antioxidant source themselves. Moreover, the calcium in these miraculous seeds is five times more than the one found in milk and is better absorbed by our body. They are also rich in potassium which protects the heart. Chia seeds actually contain two times the potassium in a banana and seven times the vitamin C in oranges.

How could chia seeds help you

The excellent properties of chia can help you rebuild muscles after exercise and have more energy. Athletes or people taking a jog in the park can increase their performance and endurance when eating chia seeds. Pregnant women can also benefit from their help in pregnancy as well as after giving birth. This is because these seeds support the development of tissue and regeneration.

People suffering from diabetes could enjoy a positive effect from chia seeds consumption, as they can control blood sugar.

Expending their volume up to 10 times in water, these seeds can help you feel full for much longer and support the weight loss process. Rich in fiber, chia seeds are also a strong natural weapon against cholesterol.

Their rich content in Omega-3 can protect the heart and reduce inflammation, thus helping people suffering from arthritis.

Chia seeds are easily digested and absorbed and can improve digestion.

Before consumption, chia seeds can be soaked in water, fruit juice or sprinkled onto salads. The usual recommended of amount is one tablespoon every day.

Sources: Angela Stokes, Abby Phon, The Wellness Warrior