Chia Seeds - The benefits are endless!

If you have been looking up healthy recipes like smoothies, you probably see that chia seeds are often called upon. This is because of the amazing amount of nutrients they contain. Chia is the richest known vegetable source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It has 3X the antioxidants of blueberries, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, is a better protein source than beans or soy. Antioxidants fight the toxins in our body that speed up our aging process.



Nutrients in Chia Seeds:


Chia seeds are tiny round-ish seeds that are black in color. They originate from the plant known as salvia hispanica. Chia seeds are full of nutrients. One ounce of chia seeds contains the following:


4 grams of protein

11 grams of fiber

9 grams of fat (including 5 grams of omega-3 fats)

30% of recommended daily intake of magnesium

30% of recommended daily intake of manganese

27% of recommended daily intake of phosphorus

Zinc

Potassium

Vitamin B1

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B2

Vitamin E

This one ounce serving of chia seeds is 137 kilocalories and includes only one gram of carbohydrates. If you subtract the fiber from the overall total calories from this serving, the overall caloric value is 101 calories per ounce. Chia seeds are one of the best foods to eat to gain nutrients, calorie for calorie. Typically, chia seeds are organically grown and they are gluten free, as well as non-GMO.


Antioxidants:


Chia seeds are also a great source of antioxidants. The chia seed contains high levels of antioxidants in order to keep the fats contained within the seed from spoiling. Antioxidants are known to combat the development of free radicals. Free radicals are able to damage the cells within molecules and may increase the speed of aging and the development of diseases and illnesses like cancer.


To break it down, this means that the antioxidants chia seeds contain to protect themselves, are also beneficial to prevent the cells in our bodies from aging!


Chia seeds have a high omega-3 fatty acid content. Interestingly, chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Further, because chia seeds are high in omega-3s, protein, and fiber, they may be able to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.


Reduce Inflammation:

Research has shown that chia seeds reduce inflammation, belly fat, triglycerides, and insulin resistance. Studies have also shown that consuming chia seeds may also reduce blood pressure in individuals with hypertension. Chia seeds have also been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels following meals and improve insulin production and sensitivity. Blood sugar levels that are consistently high are connected to an overall increased risk of developing type two diabetes and heart disease.


How to get your chia fix:


Incorporating chia seeds into a balanced diet is super easy! They can be added to smoothies and oatmeal, or made into yummy puddings. They can also be eaten raw or soaked in water or juice. The seeds can also be added as a topping to yogurt, cereal, rice, or vegetables.


Keep in mind that a healthy diet and exercise is necessary in combination with consuming chia seeds in order to see a beneficial change – there’s no magic seed to replace all that!


With love and smiles,