CHIA SEEDS

I know its a little weird, but I am addicted to chia seeds!  Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are the highest known plant source of Omega-3, with 8 times more than salmon or any other fish. Chia Seeds are a superfood, so adding them to your daily diet is an easy way to boost your nutrition. They are full of Vitamins A, B12 and C, complete protein (18 Amino Acids), and minerals including potassium, phosphorous, folate, zinc, iron, and calcium.

Chia seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet. My favourite way to use Chia Seeds is in my morning porridge or muesli slice. They don’t have a distinct flavour so they are easy to add into green smoothies, juices, slices, soups and desserts such as chia seed puddings. You can also use chia seeds as an egg or butter substitute in cooking by soaking the seeds in water until they become gelatinous.

Chia Seeds have many benefits for your health. 

Control Blood Sugar

According to the Nutritional Science Research Institute, Chia controls blood sugar and prevents the onset of diabetes. A study published in 2007 by “Diabetes Care” proves Chia is a low glycemic food that allows blood sugar to rise slowly, without a spike, keeping blood sugar controlled.

Aid Digestion

Chia seeds have 28% more fiber than flaxseeds. They are the best for proper digestion as they contains both soluble and insoluble fiber taking care of 20% of the daily requirement of fiber and looking after your bowel. Chia provides slow digestion, keeping insulin low.

Cardiovascular Benefits

High cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes are related to cardiovascular issues. Chia’s omega-3s, especially the alpha-linolenic acid, reduces plaque buildup linked with heart problems.

Nutrition

Chia contains minerals and vitamins that protect cells. There is as much calcium in 3 oz. of chia as there is in 2 cups of milk. The iron in 4 cups of spinach equals the same as 3 oz. of chia.

Energy Booster

It was once called “Indian Running Food,” according to James Scheer, eloquent author of several health books including “The Magic of Chia.”

Weight Control

Chia swells once it is in the stomach, turning into a gel, making it a fulfilling meal to curb hunger.

Sleep Aid

Chia seed contains tryptophan which is an amino acid that promotes sleep. The healing effects originate from serotonin, a neurotransmitter needed for tryptophan formation.

Lowers Cholesterol

It lowers bad LDL cholesterol and raises good HDL levels.

Prevents Cancer

Chia’s antioxidants play an essential role in cancer prevention. Chia holds protease inhibitors that destroy cancer cells and repair DNA damage.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica

http://www.mychiaseeds.com/Articles/Top10ChiaBenefits.html

http://nettynoo.hubpages.com/hub/-The-Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Chia-Seeds

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