Chia seeds – are low calorie grains, grown and cultivated in the mountains in ecologically clean most regions of South America. They have beneficial effects on the body due to their healing power and beneficial multifaceted properties.
The seeds have a long shelf life and a rather pleasant nutty flavor. They are usually white, gray, brown, or black in color but regardless of their color, they have exactly the same structure. The seeds are used in pure form or as a supplement to the porridge, vegetables, sauces, salads, infant formula, juices, yogurt, smoothies, and berries. They are also used in the preparation of desserts and baking. However, baking can destroy many of the nutrients present in it.
Useful properties of chia seeds
Chia seeds contain
- about 20% protein,
- 34% oil,
- As much as 25% fibers, a very good percentage.
- 5 times more calcium than milk,
- 2 times more potassium than bananas,
- 3 times more iron than spinach and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
12 Reasons to Eat Chia Seeds Daily
- As an additional source of energy
Chia seeds are easy to digest and give a feeling of fullness that promotes weight loss. This is one of the most beneficial foods that you should make sure to eat every day. This is a legendary plant used by Maya and Aztecs in the past. Aztec warriors during all their campaigns and battles eat Chia seeds, which gave them strength and endurance.
- A perfect source of protein for vegetarians, vegans and athletes
A chia seed contains 20% proteins. The proteins in these seeds comprise all essential amino acids. If we compare, wheat and corn have 14%, oat 15%, barley 9%, and amaranth has 15% proteins in it. It doesn’t contain gluten, so it is easy to digest.
- Chia seeds contain healthy fats (Omega-3 and Omega-6) more than flax seeds
The percentage of omega-3 fatty acids is up to 60% of its fat. These fatty acids are essential for the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins which are Vitamin A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are catalysts for cellular respiration and energy supply of the cells of the mucous membranes and the nerves (the cells of brain, spinal cord and nerves). If you compare, the concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids is 0.3% in sunflower oil and 1.5% in olive oil.
- Chia seeds contain no cholesterol
Use of Chia promotes lowering the blood cholesterol. This leads to a reduction of atherosclerotic plaques formation in blood vessels, normalizing the blood pressure (especially in hypertensive patients), reducing the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
- An excellent supplier of calcium
Calcium is required for the normal development and function of the musculoskeletal system in everyone but it is especially important for children and athletes. It prevents development of osteoporosis especially in post-menopausal women. Studies have shown that chia seeds contain 5 times more calcium than milk. Calcium is fully absorbed in the body due to the presence of boron in Chia seeds acting as a catalyst for the absorption and assimilation of calcium.
- Chia seeds are excellent source of other trace elements
Chia contains magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and iron, which are important components of many enzymes, hormones and used by our endocrine system. Studies have shown that Chia seeds contain 3 times more iron than spinach and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.
- Chia seeds contain many useful vitamins
Chia seeds contain Vitamin A, B1, B2 and B3 which play an important role in the development of the human body and functioning of body metabolism, cardiovascular and nervous system.
- A source of valuable antioxidants that prevents aging
These seeds contain 3 times more antioxidants than the blueberries. Their concentration is even more than that it is in fresher.
- Chia seeds help you lose weight and maintain a good lean body mass
It sounds incredible, but it’s true. These little seeds absorb very rapidly. It gives a feeling of satiety, and, in fact, saving you the extra calories and it contributes to the proper operation of your digestive system.
- Chia seeds help you lower the blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels
According to a research conducted in Toronto, after only 3 months of daily consumption of chia seeds, the blood becomes less viscous. This prevents the abnormal blood clotting in normal blood vessels. Blood in the participants of research also significantly decreased.
- Chia seeds help diabetics stabilize the blood glucose levels
These seeds are beneficial to maintain blood sugar levels in normal limits for diabetics. This is because they don’t contain free glucose in high percentage. The sugar present in chia seeds is in for of complex carbohydrates. These complex carbohydrates are digested slowly and release the glucose in small quantity at a low rate, thus maintaining the blood glucose levels and prevent blood glucose levels go high.
- Other health benefits
Chia seeds can be used in treatment of epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and depression. They improve the immunity of the human body and prevent infections.
Conclusions: It does not matter whether you are healthy, suffering diabetes or just want to lose some weight – chia seeds are what you need each and every day.
Doctor Lisa, Readers Bureau, Contributor
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