What is Chia seeds good for?

Detox and Cure - What is Chia seeds good for?

Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for?’ (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.

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What is Chia seeds good for?

Recently, I was asked, ‘what is Chia seeds good for?’ (or what are Chia seeds good for?) These tiny seeds are nutrient dense and really healthy for you. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) contain good fats, fibre, vitamin, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants.

Where do Chia seeds come from? Chia seeds date back to the pre-Colombian Aztec times. They originated from Guatemala, Central and South Mexico. Chia seeds come in either white, grey, brown or black. Regardless of the colour the benefit seem almost endless. Flowering Chia grow edible seeds are related to the mint family.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

What’s the benefit of Chia seeds? Oh my gosh, where do I begin? Chia seeds have been dubbed “Super-foods” because they are among some of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are nutrients dense which is important for our body and brain. So, what is Chia seeds good for, you ask. Chia is:

  1. Nutrients dense and low in Calories. Recently, Chia seeds have become very popular with the Health Food communities and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. For every 28 grams or 1 ounce serving of Chia seeds, it contains Fibre, Fatty acids like Omega-3’s, Boron, Calcium, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamins B, D & E, and Zinc.

  2. Rich in Antioxidants. The antioxidants prevent the fats in the seeds from decomposing and going rancid. Most importantly, antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to ageing and diseases like cancer.

  3. Low-carb. The carbohydrates found in Chia are mostly Fibre. Fibre maintains healthy blood sugar levels. They shouldn’t be considered as a carb because they don’t require insulin to break them down. The true carbohydrate content is about 1 gram per ounce, which is very low. The fibre in Chia feeds the good bacteria in the bowels, which is important because good bacteria are crucial for a healthy gut.

  4. High in protein and amino acids. They are about 14% protein, which is very high compared to most plants. Chia is a great alternative source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.

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  1. Good for weight loss. Chia are able to absorbs a large amounts of liquid and expands in the stomach, and make the stomach feel fuller for longer. They are low GI (glycemic index), meaning that they digest slowly into the body. Then the protein in Chia seeds could help to reduce appetite and food intake.
  1. High in Omega-3 fatty acids. Gram for gram, Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon. Omega-3 supports brain function, helps lubricant the joints, improves joint mobility and is natural anti-inflammatories.
  1. Sugar free, insulin resistance, they improve circulation, and lower the risk of Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes by stabilising the blood sugar levels. Warning: Chia seeds do not react well with blood thinners and or blood pressure medicines.
  1. High in calcium and protein which is good for teeth and bones. This includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. In addition, the calcium content is particularly impressive… 18% of the RDI (Recommend Daily Intake) in a single ounce. For people who don’t eat dairy, Chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium.
  1. High in fibre which  Type 2 Diabetics. The fibre from the Chia seeds are low GI (glycemic index) and slowly release glucose into the bloodstream. Therefore, Chia seeds reduce blood sugar spikes after meals. The fibre in Chia seeds help the bowels remove toxins from the body and increases the population of good gut bacteria and therefore, improve metabolic health and helps with digestion.
  1. Used as a natural energy/sports drink and helps to improve exercise performance. Chia seeds absorb between 9 and 12 times their weight in fluid. Mix 1-2 Tbs of Chia seeds with 1-2 Tbs of fresh lemon, 1-2 Cups of water/fruit juice and 1-2 Tbs of honey. Ancient Aztecs and Mayans warriors consumed Chia seeds to give them energy, stamina and improve performance.
  1. 100% Gluten free which is hugely beneficial for individuals suffering from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease.

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In Conclusion

Now you know how beneficial Chia seeds are, I’d bet you’re wondering what to eat Chia seeds with or maybe, what to put chia seeds in. The short answer is, lots of things. It is incredibly easy to incorporate this super-food into your diet. Sprouted Chia seeds can be mixed through salads; Sprinkle raw or toasted Chia seeds over salads raw; Added to salad dressings; Bake Chia seeds into breads, muffins or cakes; Add them to porridge and puddings; or use them as a thickener in sauces, soups or smoothies. Seriously, anything goes. Oh, and… because Chia seeds become a gel when mixed with liquids, they can also be used as an egg substitute in recipes. The Aztec and Mayan cultures added Chia seeds to Kombucha. The Chinese cultures add Chia seeds to sweet tea.

Now that you are aware of what is Chia seeds good for, you can include them to your foods and drinks to start benefiting from all these amazing seeds have to offer. Oh, and before I go, if you’re wondering ‘where can i get Chia seeds from’? Most organic health food stores sell Chia seeds. Enjoy!

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