Over the past few years, the chia seeds have gained a well-deserved superfood recognition. Their health benefits have been repeatedly listed by scientists over and over again, in dozens of research studies.
In fact, according to the Harvard School of Public Health1, chia seeds contain plenty of:
- Polyunsaturated fat, as omega-3 fatty acids
Just one tablespoon of chia seeds contains about 70 calories, 2 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fiber, 3.5 grams of unsaturated fat and 9% of the recommended daily amount of calcium. In addition, they also contain zinc, copper and omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia Seeds Health Benefits
In both animal and human studies, scientists proved that the omega 3 fatty acids have a positive effect on your overall body health, by helping decrease inflammation, as well as lowering cholesterol and optimizing blood pressure, even helping to prevent blood clots from forming.
A Real “Life Nutrient”
What’s really interesting about chia seeds, is that they contain all the nine essential amino acids – histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine – that your body cannot produce and which you can only obtain from a healthy diet.
Why do you need these essential amino acids?
Well, it’s because they help your immune system grow stronger, and they also help fortify your bones.2 What’s more is that they are also responsible for the well-being of your cardiovascular circulation, and brain health.
According to one medical study, amino acids are beneficial for “ameliorating health problems at various stages of the life cycle (e.g., fetal growth restriction, neonatal morbidity and mortality, weaning-associated intestinal dysfunction and wasting syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, the metabolic syndrome, and infertility);”3
Vegan Friendly Alternative
Chia seeds also contain a lot of quality protein, making them ideal for vegan or vegetarians whose diet might be lacking protein.
Another interesting fact is that they contain so much fiber, that once they are in a liquid environment, they can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water. And they get a gelatinous structure that expands into the stomach, hydrating you and keeping you full for longer.
You can start sprinkling chia seeds in salads to make them healthier. You can even add them to less nutritious foods, like pastry, just so you can actually increase your consumption of these “life nutrients”.
Oh, I almost forgot! Start consuming chia seeds daily and you’ll also benefit from its anti-aging properties.
Chia are loaded with antioxidants that prevent premature aging and help you enjoy a healthy and younger-looking skin for longer.
This is due to their antioxidant activity which stops up to 70% of the free radical activity – the same kind of activity that promotes tissue and skin damage.3
As you see, chia seeds are a great superfood to have on your kitchen shelf.
So, now tell me, have you tried chia seeds yet?
If so, what do you think about them?
What health benefits have you been experiencing so far?
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To your health!