Chia Seeds - Ancient Super-Seed Secret

Chia Seeds - Ancient Super-Seed Secret

By Sujatha Stephen  on: 31 July 2013
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Most evidence shows that humans began using chia seeds around 3500 BC. At this time in history, chia seeds were considered to be almost magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time. 

The chia seeds are “super” because, like a superfruit, they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories.

HERE ARE A HEAP OF REASONS TO EAT CHIA:

• SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH

Chia seeds can help reduce blood pressure. 

The seeds contain one of the highest known plant sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). 


• STABILIZES BLOOD SUGAR

Chia seeds slow down the rate at which complex carbohydrates are digested and then assimilated into the body.

The soluble fiber helps to stabilize blood glucose levels resulting in steady, sustained energy

ENERGIZING

Chia seeds are a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. 
It is said that 1 tablespoon of Chia can sustain a person for 24 hours.
Athletes have reported that Chia seeds help them perform at optimal levels for much longer periods of time.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES.

The high concentration of omega-3 helps to lubricate joints and keep them supple.
Additionally, Omega-3s are converted into prostaglandins which are known to have both pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

WEIGHT LOSS

The seeds are sometimes added to food to provide bulk and nutrients while adding very few calories. 

For these reasons, many people have found Chia quite useful in weight loss and weight maintenance

• DETOXIFICATION AND ELIMINATION

Similar to psyllium, the swelling action of Chia in the body helps to cleanse and soothe the colon, and absorb toxins while lubricating and strengthening peristaltic action.

• HIGH QUALITY PROTEIN

Chia seeds contain about 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains such as wheat and rice.


ANTIOXIDANTS

Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants containing even more antioxidants than fresh blueberries. 



PROVIDES FIBER AND OTHER NUTRIENTS

Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. 


• BRAIN POWER

EFAs are known to make cell membranes more flexible and efficient making nutrients more readily available and nerve transmission more efficient.

This helps to improve brain function (including memory and concentration).


HOW MUCH CHIA SHOULD WE EAT?

Nutritionists recommend that 15g/0.53oz (one tablespoon) of chia is consumed each day. Be sure to drink plenty of water as chia is very high in fiber.

 

Adverse Effects Of Chia Seeds 

• In some people, chia seeds can cause gastrointestinal disruptions. It leads to the formation of gas and a bloated feeling.

• Chia seeds can also cause allergy in some people

• Pregnant and lactating mothers should also stay away from chia seeds. 


Overall, this tiny little seed packs a big nutritional punch.


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