Benefits of chia seeds

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As you will see in the coming paragraphs the benefits of adding CHIA SEEDS into your diet are almost endless!!!!

 We all know the need for Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) in our diet. Everything from depression and ADHD to heart disease and hypertension can be caused from the lack of Omega-3 in the diet.

 Did you know Chia is the highest plant source of Omega-3 known to man?

Chia seeds are one of the most powerful, functional, and nutritious superfoods in the world! The chia seed is an excellent source of   fiber, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3.Unlike other sources of Omega-3 oils (e.g. flax, hemp or fish) Chia doesn’t require the artificial or added antioxidants such as vitamins in order to remain fresh. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the wonderful nutritional qualities of chia seeds.. Omega-3 EFAs support cardiovascular wellness by helping retain healthy cholesterol levels, blood pressure and heartbeat. They also contribute to cognitive, vision and neurological health, and may promote favorable mood. Omega-3 EFAs can be converted into substances that help relieve inflammation (prostaglandins and leukotrines) and as a result, may promote joint flexibility, mobility and comfort.

 

Chia  has 2700mg Omega-3 per 15g serving.

Chia is a very powerful anti-inflammatory.

Chia is rich in antioxidants which protect its delicate essential fatty acids from oxidation, natural compounds that help protect the body from the effects of free radicals, unstable molecules that attack cells. Chia seeds further promote cellular health by keeping cells nourished and hydrated

Chia has 5 times more calcium than milk and the calcium  in chia is more easily absorbed by the body due to the traces of boron which is vital for bone health.

Chia has 20 to 23% protein content and is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids more than that found in traditional cereals such as wheat (13.7%), corn (9.4%), rice (6.5%), oatmeal (16.9%) and barley (12.5%)

Also Chia’s protein is gluten-free. Making it suitable for those with Celiac disease as it is completely gluten free. Chia seeds have a high fibre content making it effective in treating constipation especially that associated with the side affects of medication.

Chia seeds are highly hydrophilic with the ability to hold about ten to fourteen times their weight in water. This ability can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes in body fluids especially during exertion or exercise. These hydrating properties also prevent muscle fatigue during exercise and aid muscle recover after exercise (Hence the “RUNNING FOOD” Aztec name.)

Chia provides 27.6 grams of fibre per 100 grams of seed equivalent to 100% of the recommended daily doses for adults. This soluble fibre cleans the intestines by bringing and transporting debris from the intestinal walls so that it can be eliminated efficiently and regularly. A daily dose of Chia seeds provides an excellent fibre source and most people notice a difference in less than a week.

Great for all ages from infants to the elderly. There are hundreds of ways to incorporate Chia in your families diet

Other benefits from including Chia in your diet:

Anti-inflammatory properties: Chia seeds are the highest source of the essential fatty acid

 

OMEGA 3 making them a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to bring considerable relief to the pain associated with arthritis and other similar conditions. It eases aches and pains caused by ageing, old injuries and increases joint movement.

High blood pressure: significant reductions have been seen.

Cholesterol levels: reductions of upto 25% have been noted within 8 to 10 weeks of starting Chia.

Heart disease: Chia is recommended to maintain heart health and improve patient outcomes. People who eat an ALA (alpha Linolenic acid) diet are less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Type 2 diabetes: Chia seeds form a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar thus reducing blood sugar levels and diminishing sugar peaks and troughs.

Dry skin conditions e.g. dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis. Chia has been reported as easing these conditions and promoting wound healing

Digestive disorders: Chia has been reported as bringing relief to digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Note: Those with IBS or inflammation of the bowel should start slowly with 1 teaspoon and over the course of a month increase to 2 - 3 teaspoons. Chia seeds are high in fibre and will regulate your system to where it should be.

Rich in protein and dietary fiber, chia seeds support healthy weight management by helping you feel less hungry and more satisfied throughout the day. Protein also helps build and retain lean muscle mass, and works to maintain energy levels. Chia seeds include B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, boron and iron - important nutrients that contribute to overall health, strength and vitality.

 

Brain health: Chia helps improve concentration (due to high omega 3 and 6 content) it has provided relief from depression and children with ADHD and Autism have shown some improvement.

Improved Energy levels: Chia gives us more energy during the day and more importantly at the end of the day. This is not jumping out of your skin type energy as associated with caffeine but you won’t be as tired as you used to be.

Hormone levels: Chia will help balance hormone levels and reduce the symptoms associated with PMT, painful periods and menopause.

Due to their very mild flavor, chia seeds can be added to just about any food without changing the taste at all.

Adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately

7 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, a whole list of

vitamins and minerals, and a whopping 5.2 grams of omega-3 and 1.7 grams of

omega-6! Yes, we said grams, not milligrams! That is about 5 times more omega 3

than you get in most supplement capsules and 8 times more than you get from eating

salmon. Plus, chia seeds are a  great option for vegans and vegetarians who are

lacking certain nutrients in their daily diet.

 Magnesium – 15 times more than Broccoli

 Calcium – 6 times more than whole milk

 Omega-3 – nearly 9 times the amount found in Salmon

 Fiber – more than flax seed & 2 times more than bran flakes

 Iron – nearly 3 times more than spinach

 Protein – more than soy

 Unlike fish, chia seeds have NO CHOLESTEROL

 

Concentrated. If I could only take one cup of food for a few days, I’d choose chia! The food value per volume is simply astounding. You don’t need much.

Mild tasting. Unlike some seeds, the flavour is very mild. The mild taste makes it easy to put in sauces, smoothies, breads, puddings, and whatever you want. They won’t really change the taste, but will add to your nutrition!

Energy enhancing. The health pioneer Paul Bragg did an experiment an endurance hike with friends. They divided up into a chia-eating group and another group, who ate whatever they wanted. The group eating only chia seeds finished the hike four hours, twenty seven minutes before the others, most of whom didn’t even finish at all.

Versatile. The seeds can be used to replace less-healthy fat in just about any recipe. You can use them in salad dressings, spreads, fruit shakes, ice cream, and just about anything you want. I usually just mix in a couple of teaspoons to my juice or water and drink them down!

Slimming and trimming. Yes, the seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons. The first reason is that they are so filling that you will eat less of other foods. The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestines.

Endurance enhancing. Chia seeds are known as the “Indian Running Food”. Also, the ancient Aztec warriors used chia seed during their conquests. Some runners use chia seed to enhance stamina and endurance on runs.

Regenerating. After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation. Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.

 

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