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The Benefits of Chia Seeds

09/11/2017



Chia Seeds In Wooden Spoon

Chia seeds are a concentrated, unprocessed, whole-grain food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. They are considered a superfood because of the variety of valuable nutrients in them that give you much of the daily nutrients your body needs, like protein and calcium. These seeds are also popular because they are so easy to prepare and to clean up which is great for people with a busy lifestyle who don’t want to sacrifice their health. The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel. Chia seeds are raw, vegan, and a naturally gluten free food.

 

Chia seeds have many benefits such as…

 

Strengthening Bones
Did you know that one tablespoon of chia seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk? A calcium-rich diet helps to build and protect your bones, which is essential for healthy aging and injury prevention. Many people develop an intolerance to dairy as they get older. When calcium intake becomes a concern, chia seeds are an excellent supplement to your diet.

 

Great Source of Protein
Humans are said to need anywhere from 25 grams to 100 grams of protein each day depending on size and activity level. One ounce, about 2 tablespoons, of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein. Chia seeds also contain amino acids which will help break down the protein into energy for your body instead of being stored.

 

Energizing
Chia seeds can help boost your energy without giving you anything that is harmful to your body. They won’t cause spikes and drops in blood sugar or insulin levels, preventing cravings and overeating later.

 

No Cooking Necessary
Chia seeds make a great traveling snack because they don’t need to be refrigerated. They are delicious when added to oatmeal or other cereals and can help make your breakfast smoothies more filling. Many people like to add them to yogurt or combine them with a fruit juice to make a delicious drink. They are very easy to find at health food stores and many regular grocery stores are now carrying them as well.

 

Full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress on the body which causes aging, but it also helps to keep your immune system strong and fight off sicknesses. Antioxidants are known to help reduce inflammation in the body and can therefore help manage joint and muscle pain. The oxidative stress which damages healthy skin cells can be lessened by incorporating these yummy seeds into your diet.

 

Weight Loss
Chia seeds have a high fiber content and they will help you digest your food more regularly so waste doesn’t build up in your system and impede the liver and circulation. Fiber and iron are essential to a healthy blood supply to the brain and regular digestion will help keep your blood pure so you can think clearly and have better emotional stability. Fiber is also great for weight loss because it helps you feel full so you don’t binge on unhealthy carbs. This is a great food to eat guilt free that will help curb your cravings for unhealthy things.

 

Lovers Risk of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States but incorporating this superfood into your diet can help to reduce heart disease. Because of it’s bioavailability, which means that is has a high nutrient content available to your body, it can help your heart and blood vessels function optimally. The fiber, omega-3s, calcium, and protein help the systems in your body harmonize and help take pressure off of your heart. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, chia seeds are a great part of your preventive health plan. When you get good sources of healthy fats like chia seeds, instead of trans fats, your blood flows better through your body and your risk of clotting and heart attacks are diminished.

 

Low Calorie Content
It’s one of those amazing foods that have a very low calorie content because it’s just a plant. Most foods with high calorie contents are jam packed with sugar and preservatives to trick your taste buds and get you addicted to their products. When you start eating more plants instead of fake processed foods, your taste buds will soon be able to enjoy the natural flavors in foods. Cinnamon or raw organic honey are good flavor add-ons for chia seeds.

 

A Source of Healthy Carbohydrates
Many times, athletes will try to carb-load before a soccer or basketball game so they have some energy to burn. Unfortunately, they often choose unhealthy things like breads, pancakes, and pastas which will slow their reactions and digestion causing inflammation in their joints and muscles. Luckily, chia seeds are now being used pre-workouts to give a healthy dose of carbohydrates which won’t have negative effects on the body. They do provide a good amount of energy because of the high fiber content and you will feel full but you won’t crash like you would from the sugars in starchy foods.

 

Works to Fight Type 2 Diabetes
Finally, this incredible superfood has been found to help manage blood sugar levels because it is mostly fiber. The sugar content of most breads and grains can spike sugar levels but chia seeds are an excellent alternative for people who are pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes.

 

Remember to combine other healthy plants into your diet with these because there is not one magic food that will make you healthy. It is an overall combination of healthy choices and consistent exercise that will keep you feeling good and looking good well into your life.



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