Article By: Hadia Hassan
Chia seeds have tons of health benefits and are quite literally little “packets of strength.” These seeds help you fight inflammation, lose weight, protect you from heart diseases and the list just never ends! Long before people even knew their benefits, the ancient civilizations of the Mayans and the Aztecs would use these seeds as a source of nutrition. In fact, the word chia was the Mayan word for strength. Here is everything that you didn’t know about chia seeds!
1. Chia seeds are a source of nutrients such as fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins such as Omega-3 and fats.
2. They are gluten free!
3. Almost all carbs in them are fiber which makes them extremely rich in fiber. Their 40% fiber based content makes them the richest source of fiber in the world.
4. Chia seeds mixed in water are used as a substitute for eggs in vegan cooking.
Because of their protein and fiber based constitution, chia seeds are the perfect food to eat if you’re trying to drop those extra pounds! Our body lacks the capacity to digest fiber which is why when you ingest it, you tend to feel fuller and genuinely less hungry. Protein on the other hand is the nutrient dieticians all around the world recommend to their patients to help them lose weight. Considerable protein intake suppresses the appetite. The best time to ingest these seeds is in the morning so that you don’t have room to eat a lot during the rest of the day.
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Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3, protein as well as fiber. Chia seeds reduce triglycerides, inflammation, insulin resistance and belly fat. Chia seeds may also raise good “HDL” cholesterol. If you suffer from high blood pressure, then chia seeds also help reduce high blood pressure. It is important to note here that chia seeds may aid in keeping your heart healthy and they most certainly need to be accompanied by changes in your sedentary lifestyle!
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Chia seeds are rich in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, hence they have the capacity to make a considerable contribution to bone health! If you suffer from joint pains or cartilage issues, then you should definitely make chia seeds a permanent part of your diet.
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High blood sugar levels lead to heart diseases and even renal failure. Studies show that eating bread containing chia seeds regularly has shown a decrease in post-meal blood sugar levels of individuals with diabetes.
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Chia seeds are natural detox agents and they also help cure digestive issues such as constipation and inflammation of the colon. They help excrete toxins through bile and stool from out digestive tract. Chia seeds are also said to keep your skin fresh and well nourished.
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Chia seeds are generally mixed with water to form a kind of gel. You can drink this gel in the morning, with breakfast to suppress your diet for the rest of the day and also for detox purposes. If you have trouble swallowing this gel and happen to have a gag reflex to it like a lot of other people, then don’t worry peeps – you can simply sprinkle some chia seeds on your cereal or some yogurt and mix them in your favorite fruit smoothie! You can also mix them in your daily bowl of porridge or baked goods such as bread and even muffins.
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So ladies, hit your nearest grocery store and get yourself a pack of chia seeds! It’s high time that we incorporated these miraculous seeds in our diets and benefited from their health advantages!