7 Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds

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By Hot Health August 21, 2016 21:48
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7 Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds

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What’s So Special About Chia Seeds?

Originally grown in Mexico, Chia Seeds have become very popular lately as super foods in the United States. They are easy to prepare, quick to digest and can be added to a variety of recipes. Chia seeds have many wonderful health benefits – they are believed to lower the risk of diabetes and are known to boost energy as well.

Chia seeds were consumed by Aztec warriors before a fight as it was believed to give them stamina and energy to endure the physicality of a battle. Chia means “strength” or “power” in the Mayan language. Today, it is taken by athletes in Central America just before practice or to prepare for a sporting event such as a marathon or a soccer match. 

 

Top 7 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have several wonderful health benefits. We discuss some of them here.

 

#1: They are good for the skin – Chia seeds are powerful antioxidants because of a high concentration of phenolic compounds. They prevent the buildup of free radicals in the body.  They slow down the aging of the skin and prevent any damage to it from free radical activity.

 

#2: They are good for digestion – Chia seeds are high in fiber content. Just a single serving gives you all the fiber you would need for the rest of the day. Fiber is essential for digestion and helps to balance the body’s insulin levels. Chia seeds improve the regularity of the bowel movements.

 

#3: They are good for weight loss – Chia seeds help you feel full faster. Since they absorb a lot of water, they expand in the stomach after being consumed and occupy more space. That’s why you will feel satiated after consuming chia seeds. They curb hunger, suppress your cravings for food, which is why they are so good for weight loss.

 

#4: Chia seeds are good for the heart’s health – They are also very rich healthy fats such as Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, chia seeds have a higher concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids than even salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to be very good for the heart. Chia seeds regulate the body’s cholesterol levels, and fight inflammation. They lower blood pressure and reverse oxidative stress. Having chia seeds regularly lowers the risk of atherosclerosis and prevents heart attack and stroke.

 

#5: They are given to diabetes patients – Since chia seeds have a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid and fiber, they are believed to prevent metabolic disorders such as excessive fat in the blood, commonly referred to as dyslipidemia (high cholesterol). It is also believed to lower the body’s insulin resistance. That’s why chia seeds are recommended to those suffering from type 2 diabetes.

 

#6: Gives you an energy boost without adding to the calorie intake– Chia seeds have the same energy boosting effect on the body as a sports drink such as Gatorade, except that they do not have any sugar content. They boost the body’s metabolism whole adding next to nothing to the calorie intake. So, eating chia seeds gives you the rush of energy you need to get through your workout routine, without resulting in any weight gain whatsoever.

 

#7: Stronger muscles and bones – Chia seeds are rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, zinc, niacin and iron, which are so essential for stronger and healthier muscles and bones. In fact, just an ounce of chia seeds gives you 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. They also contain boron, which is considered vital for the bones.

 

How Do Chia Seeds Taste and How to Eat Them?

Chia seeds have a nutty taste. They can be added to a variety of dishes as garnish. They are easily digestible and can be assimilated into a number of different dishes. The best way to eat chia seeds is to either ground or soak them.

You should soak chia seeds before eating as this would cause them to sprout and release the enzyme inhibitors that protect the seeds. This makes it much easier to digest them. Also, soaking the chia seeds ensures that the body can gain access to most of the nutrients within them.

You have the other option of grinding chia seeds. Grinding would mean breaking the hard outer shell and pulverizing them into a flour, which can be used to prepare several gluten-free recipes such as gluten-free bread, pancake, pasta and muffins.

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