Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the South American plant Salvia Hispanica, which is related to mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day and were literally worshiped. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
After being forgotten for some time, these little nutritional gems are the new hot health item and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.
Here's why you need to jump on this health train too:
- Lower Risk of Diabetes
Chia has the interesting ability to slow down digestion, and when they come in contact with liquid, a gelatinous coating develops around the seeds actually can prevent blood sugar spikes.
- Higher Dose of Fiber
Just a one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of your dietary fiber — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. A little bit goes a long way for your digestive health.
- Plenty of Omega-3
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. Also found in flax seed and fish, these fats are important for brain health.
- Stronger Teeth And Bones
A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which spells good things for your bone and teeth health!
- Excellent Source of Manganese
Manganese isn't a super popular nutrient, but it's important for our health: it's good for your bones! One serving of chia seeds has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.
- Plenty Of Phosphorus
With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth.
- Pack In The Protein
One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value!
- Fight Belly Fat
Chia's stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance, which can increase belly fat.
- Get Full Faster
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
- Improve Heart Health
Chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure, and may also increase healthy cholesterol :)