Chia seeds are 2-3mm in size that come from a plant called salvia hispanica.
Chia seeds are dark brown, black and white, small with a nut flavor. There are red chia seeds as well, however, the latter is more commonly chosen.
They are organic and unprocessed, so our body can easily digest them.
These healthy seeds are known to be an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a source of digestible protein compared to animal meat protein. Chia seeds are a great addition to any dish!
Chia seeds provide a good source of phosphorus and calcium, and are low in cholesterol and sodium. These healthy seeds are packed with antioxidants, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential in maintaining good health.
Chia seeds also contain alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. These seeds also are rich in vitamin B, C, D and E, and contain minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and potassium.
Anti-cancer: Chia seeds have tons of antioxidants that neutralize harmful radicals that damage cells and cause premature aging and cancer.
Bone health: These seeds contain high levels of protein, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and magnesium that is essential in keeping nails, teeth and bones strong and healthy.
Brain health: The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds help to lower inflammation in the brain and support neuron health. With that, the brain performs better, and stops it from deteriorating.
Cellular health: Having a low amount of mono-unsaturated and saturated fat, and are high in omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, makes hemp seeds helpful in the process of building cells and offers lots of health benefits.
Diabetes: Those who have issues with blood sugar could receive a huge benefit in consuming chia seeds. The fiber within them is so rich that it works to drop your risk for heart disease and stroke, while balancing out your blood sugar.
Fiber: Eating one serving of chia seeds comes to 30 grams (or 1 ounce), which will help you meet a third of your recommended daily value as an adult. Consuming fiber in your diet will improve digestive health over time.
Heart health: Hemp seeds work to lower your chances of experiencing a heart attack or severe cardiac arrhythmia due to containing healthy omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, that aren’t created by the body. Hemp seeds make phytosterols, which work to lower cholesterol and eliminate fat buildup in arteries.
Inflammation: These seeds are known to alleviate inflammation and could relieve psoriasis, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and tuberculosis due to its ability to improve blood circulation.
Weight loss: Chia and hemp seeds have enough fiber to take in 10-12 times more than its weight in water. In the process, it comes to form a gel-like substance and expands in the stomach to provide a ‘full’ feeling, help you take in less calories and digest food properly. Both are protein-rich, which helps to lower your intake of food and lower appetite.
Its recommended everyone consume 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds a day. Take a small amount early in the day as our bodies can handle fiber differently. Chia seeds can be consumed soaked in juice or water, raw, in baked treats, yogurts, puddings, soups, smoothies, mixes or vegetable dishes. Because chia seeds can absorb fat and water, it can expand around 30 times more than their weight. Soak them for 10-15 minutes to fully expand before consumption.
Consuming dry chia seeds can sap your intestines of its moisture and cause you to choke, feel constipated, and even dehydrate you. They are best stored in containers that are sealed well, in a dark, cool area to prevent mold etc.
So far, there has been no reported case of an allergic reaction or intolerance to chia seeds. Its found that pregnant women and children can consume them in small amounts.
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