Full of fiber and antioxidants, Chia seeds pack a mighty punch in any dish.
Chia seeds have come a long way in the mainstream consciousness. The humble seed, also known as Salvia hispanica comes from the mint family. The plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala, pressed for their rich oils.
Chia seeds shot to global popularity in 1977 with the invention of Chia Pets. Chia returned to its’ roots as an important pantry staple in recent years for its’ nutrient rich composition. Scroll below for our top 5 health benefits and uses of chia seeds.
Fiber for Days
Every dry ounce of chia seeds contains about 10g of dietary fiber. The majority of this is soluble fiber which absorbs as much water as possible and forms a gel in your stomach. This allows your food to digest more slowly, providing steady energy and promotes feeling full after your meal. Soluble fiber has even been known to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
Bone Supporting Calcium
Chia seeds contain more calcium than dairy products, measuring in at 18% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) in one ounce. Chia seeds also contain phytic acid which can inhibit calcium absorption, so it’s best to pair with other calcium rich foods in blended smoothies or salads for maximum benefits.
A 3 month study with 20 people with diabetes showed that including 37 grams of chia seeds daily reduced their inflammation by 40%. Chronic inflammation has no visible signs, but can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Protect Your Cells one Seed at a Time
Free radicals are formed during normal metabolic processes in the body, but also come from UV radiation and air pollutants. Our outer skincare can only do so much, chia seeds can be a helpful tool to work from within.
Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants that protect the oils within the seeds from going rancid, promoting a long shelf life. When eaten, chia seeds can protect us from premature aging and cell damage that contributes to certain cancers. While no food is a cure all, chia seeds are another tool in the arsenal to reduce risk.
Shinier, Stronger Hair
Chia seeds have amazing topical uses. They can be combined into homemade hair masks, or made into a hair gel. When chia seeds are left to sit in water, they soak up all of the water and create a gel that holds your hair in place without flakes or drying it out.
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