Originally from South America, Chia seeds were the main food for the Mayan and Aztecs for eons.Interestingly, these seeds draw as much interest as food for their various nutritional benefits .Let us indulge into these seedy delicacies and find out why they are so beneficial.
Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Chia seeds are laden with polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. This comprises of 60 percent omega-3s, hence one of the foods with the highest concentration of fatty acids and in particular, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Omega 3 fatty acid is useful in the body for reducing inflammation and improving cognitive performance as well as lowering cholesterol in the body.
Chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber per 2 tablespoonfuls serving, a whole one-third of the daily recommended allowance. Fiber is necessary in the body for regulating bowel movement, lowering inflammation as well as reducing cholesterol in the body.
Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants which coincidentally are responsible for the 2 year long shelf life of Chia seeds. You can store them for this long without the need for refrigeration!
Chia seeds contain 18% of the daily recommended intake of calcium, 35% for phosphorus, 24% for magnesium and roughly 50% for manganese. All these nutrients assist in preventing conditions such as hypertension, healthy weigh balance and energy metabolism, not to mention the manufacture of DNA.
If you want to have a feeling of fullness, take Chia seeds. They help you to fight the urge to eat. The seed when mixed with liquids gives a satiating feeling, especially when consumed between meals.
Absence of Gluten
The good news for those with gluten intolerance is that Chia seeds contain no gluten or grains. This means you can incorporate on a gluten-free meal.
Chia seeds’ outer layer balloons when mixed with liquids, forming a gel. This gel serves as a perfect substitute for eggs thereby helping to lower cholesterol and enhance the nutrient content of food you are taking.1 tablespoon of Chia seeds is mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and allowed to settle for 15 minutes.
Unlike other seeds such as flaxseeds which have to be ground to obtain the nutrients in them, Chia seeds can be consumed as whole, thereby giving you wholesome benefits.
It has been established that Chia seeds’ dietary fat source can reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels while increasing High density Lipoprotein.
Blood Sugar Regulation
Chia seeds assist in regulating insulin levels by lowering insulin resistance as well as reducing high levels of insulin in the blood. This is useful for blood sugar regulation.