Chia Seeds Benefits

Chia seeds benefits are numerous. This nutritious seed comes from the plant, salvia hispanica, which grows in South Mexico.

It has so much nutrition that one tablespoon is believed to sustain an individual for 24 hours. The Aztecs used chia as medicine to relieve joint pain and sore skin.

Chia has a mild taste, which makes it easy to blend with other foods without altering the flavor. It is used in soups, breads, muffins, smoothies, juices and sauces. Its antioxidant content makes it very stable and unlike, flaxseeds, it lasts a long time without becoming rancid and the need to refrigerate.

Another chia seed benefit is it does not need to be ground up. Chia seeds are easily digested and absorbed. The tiny shells break down and nutrients are assimilated quickly into the body.

It has high amounts of insoluble and soluble fiber. The insoluble fiber sweeps through the intestinal track and helps dislodge and eliminate accumulated waste in the intestines, aiding intestinal regularity. Soluble fiber is known to help lower cholesterol levels.

Chia absorbs 10 times its weight in water and turns into a bulky gel in the stomach, making you feel fuller faster.

This gel also helps athletes prolong hydration and retain electrolytes during exertion. Electrolytes aid in a number of vital bodily processes, such as heart and nerve functions as well as muscle control and coordination. The body’s ability to absorb fluid depends on a healthy balance of electrolytes.

The chia gel slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar and helps to stabilize blood sugar. This will keep your energy level consistent and reduce cravings.

More Chia Seeds Benefit:

  • Rich source of calcium
  • Contains boron which helps transfer calcium into your bones
  • Rich source of potassium
  • Rich source of iron
  • More omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseed
  • Good source of protein as it contains all essential amino acids
  • Gluten free

It has been known to benefit the following conditions:

  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions
  • IBS
  • Acid reflux
  • Digestive Health

Chia is one of my favorite top superfoods. I mix 2 ounces with 2 cups of filtered water and set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. I use the chia gel (with the seeds) in my

smoothies, beans and soups. I usually add around 2-3 full tablespoons. If I feel sluggish in the middle of the afternoon, I eat one or two tablespoons. There is no known side effect or limit of how much to take. You just need to be your own judge.

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