Benefits of Chia Seeds

How This Nourishes Your Body

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spoonful-chia-seedsChia Seeds Interesting Fact

Tiny seed, outstanding power. “Chia” actually comes from the Mayan word for “strength”. Around 3500 BC. Aztecs and Mayans consumed chia seeds regularly because of the incredible healing properties they provide.

Aztec warriors used these seeds as a source of fuel before going into battle to boost endurance. In this culture, chia seeds were considered sacred because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.

Nourishing Profile

Four tablespoons of chia seeds supply:

1.  as much calcium as three cups of milk

2. as much magnesium as 10 stalks of broccoli

3. as much iron as one-half cup of red kidney beans

4. 30% more antioxidants than blueberries

5. 25% more dietary fiber than flaxseed

6. approximately the same amount of omega-3 as a 32-ounce fillet of salmon

Suggested Uses: 

1. Place one tablespoon in water with the juice of half a lemon for a detoxifying tonic

2. Sprinkle on yogurt, salads, or smoothies

3. Make chia ‘pudding’ by placing a tablespoon in a cup full of coconut milk, allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, and enjoy mixed with some almond butter or raw honey!

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Superfood Benefits and Reasons to Eat


chia-seed-drink1.  Support Brain and Heart Health: Chia seeds contain 20% Omega 3 ALA, along with an abundance of antioxidants making it a super food for the brain and heart.

2. Detoxify the Body: The combination of essential fatty acids, omega 3, soluble &  insoluble fiber, and amino acids fight against free radicals and inflammation in the body and support the digestive system in eliminating toxic build up.

3.  Support Hair, Skin, and Nails: Chia contains the highest omega 3 content in nature, along with essential minerals, calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, which are essential nutrients needed for the cells of our skin, hair, and nails.

4. Boost Energy and Stabilize Blood Sugar: Chia slows the effect at which glucose enters the bloodstream which provides stable, long lasting energy.

Article References:

http://drlindsey.com/introducing-chia-the-super-seed/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2621.1981.tb04171.x/abstract

http://www.thenutritionpost.com/frontpage/chia-seeds-history-and-nutrition.html

 

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