Last Modified on Jun 26, 2014
Chia seeds are a tiny superfood that packs a lot of punch in a little package. These seeds have seen an increase in consumer awareness in the last several years for good reason. These tiny seeds are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats as well as fiber and are a healthful component of any diet or treatment plan.
What are Chia Seeds?
Taken from a flowering plant in the mint family, the chia plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Largely unknown to North America and other parts of the world until just 30 years ago, the chia seed was introduced to these regions by Wayne Coates.
Since its introduction, chia seeds have been lauded for their unique health benefits. An unprocessed, whole-grain food, chia seeds are effectively absorbed by the body and are a concentrated food that contains a variety of healthful properties. Chia seeds contain a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. The seeds are also host to a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Health Benefits of Chia
While the seeds are often added to foods and beverages including cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice and yogurt, the seeds are good for more than just their mild, nutty flavor. Chia seeds are a beneficial addition to the diet for a number of reasons.
Aside from a healthy dose of omega-3 fats, the seeds also contain 11 grams of dietary fiber per one ounce serving. The seeds also possess a high concentration of calcium, supporting bone and oral health, as well as manganese for strong bones and muscles. A good source of vegetarian protein, the seeds also help individuals feel full faster and longer.
These little seeds are also an effective health treatment. Chia seeds contain phosphorus, which helps synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair. The seeds are also effective for aiding in weight loss, regulating blood sugar, boosting energy and maintaining heart health.
More than just an infamous novelty, chia seeds are an effective treatment that supports health in a variety of ways.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I started taking chia seeds last fall. I am a diabetic and took 3 tbls in 6 oz of water, with a little lime juice. I made it the night before, put in the fridge, and have a light, tasty breakfast. I can tell you, that after about 3 weeks, my fasting blood sugar was getting steadily lower. I have since cut back on my insulin, and I am also losing weight, perhaps because now I have the energy to get out and walk 30 min. 3-4 times per week. I don't know if this progress will continue, but I sure hope so.
After reading about chia seed, I purchased a lb bag of them for the omegas. I couldn't believe the vitamins, minerals and amino acid complex in these little seeds. After 2 weeks, I noticed my energy level increasing and I didn't have my usual sugar cravings in the afternoon. My anxiety started going away and I started walking more. It has been almost 2 months and I couldn't be happier with how much better I am feeling. I put a tablespoon of chia in a glass of water about half full then add a little cranberry juice, let it sit a minute, stir it with a spoon and drink this down twice a day. It's a whole food that is loaded with good things.
I have only just found out about these and I think I am going to get some and give them a go. There appears to be a difference in them according to the country they are grown in but on the whole they should be the same. I would love to get rid of some weight along with aches and pains.
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