Chia seeds once the fuel behind the mythic athletic endurance of Aztec warriors, chia seeds have once again become a popular fuel of choice on the health scene. This deceivingly small seed packs a major punch of nutrition and makes a versatile addition to both food and drinks.
What are chia seeds?Chia seeds are a whole grain edible seed that comes from a desert plant grown in Mexico. The unprocessed seed can be absorbed by the body in seed form, so unlike flax seeds you won’t need to grind it up to get the benefits, this makes it easy to add to food. Chia seeds contain a big dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and carbohydrates.
What are the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds? Chia seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids (the healthy fat) and are considered to be the richest plant source of Omega-3’s. Goods news for the fish in the north atlantic and for your body, meaning you can massively increase your intake of omega-3s without eating tons of oily fish. Whys omega-3 so important anyway? Omega-3 fatty acids are known to protect against inflammation including arthritis and heart disease. They also assist the body in shifting weight.
Chia seeds can also help you to lose weight, stay hydrated and control blood sugar! Chia seeds are able to absorb up to 10 times their weight in water and forms a gel like substance when it does. This process helps you to feel full longer. In addition this gel like substance provides hydration for the body thus making chia seeds very popular with athletes. Chia seeds are being researched as a natural way to control type II Diabetes. The formation of the chia gel slows down digestion which helps control blood sugar and prevents blood sugar spikes. Chia seeds also contain approximately one third of the daily recommendation of fiber which is important for overall digestive health.
Try them in salads, onto of your porridge or smash some into your protein shake after your workout.