“Chia” a word that means “strength” in the Mayan language is taking the health conscious community by storm.
I mean come on, if you were able to consume strength itself, wouldn’t you? That’s pretty much what the Mayans are saying here. If your consuming chia, your consuming strength.
They also called chia seeds “runners food”. This is for you Marathon runners! It is said that ingesting only 1 tablespoon of these tiny, nutrient packed seeds could sustain providing the ancient Aztec warriors and runners with about 24 hours of high energy, and endurance while running long distances in battle.
Sounds pretty cool, right?
Primitively grown in Mexico Chia Seeds were regarded for being extremely valuable due to its medicinal capabilities and nutritional content, and were even used as a form of currency.
I think it’s safe to assume that these ancient civilizations had something going for themselves here.
Recent research concludes that these little miracle seeds are heavy hitters, indicating a long list of benefits to be experienced from its vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Chia Seeds are rich in dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, plant protein, Vitamins- A, B, D, and E, as well as, Minerals- iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, sulphur, and thiamine. On top of all of that, they are also a fabulous source of antioxidants.
So now you can see why they have a lot to offer. They are just loaded with all kinds of health enhancing nutrients!
Let’s take a peek at what benefits our Chia Super Seeds have to offer. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at what all something as simple as a seed can do for you.
Ahh… the feeling of having everything running smoothly in our digestion has the power to make us feel so incredibly healthy, doesn’t it?
I absolutely hate feeling bloated and backed up, like I swallowed a brick and it’s just sitting in there. Yuck!
Well, luckily for me and of course for you, if you share in my disgust for crappy digestion, we have chia seeds to help us out.
Because chia seeds are high in dietary fiber they are great in helping to keep things moving along smoothly, and promote regularity. They also can act as a probiotic. When consumed these seeds mix with the liquids in our bodies and create a gel like goop in our stomachs. This gelling action is because of the seeds soluble fiber content, and is great for encouraging the growth of healthy probiotics in the gut.
Muscle Building and Weight Loss
Because chia seeds contain a large amount of antioxidants they are fantastic little healers, and do a magnificent job at replacing the vital nutrients we lose after exercising.
And… if your trying to put on some lean muscle, and burn some extra fat, these little babies will be perfect for you, as they are classified as one of the top plant based protein sources. Perfect for Vegetarian and Vegan diets!
Due to chia seeds unique ability to absorb up to 10x its own weight in water, it helps to slow down digestion, resulting in you feeling fuller for longer and reduces cravings for sugar. This of course is helpful if you are trying to lose weight, you won’t feel the need to eat as much to feel full, or be reaching for the cookie jar mid-afternoon.
The presence of zinc is also a great attribute for weight loss seekers because zinc helps to promote an increase in leptin. Leptin is a hormone we all have that is responsible for appetite control and regulates our energy levels making improvements to your stamina and endurance. So you see, it can be very helpful in getting the most out of your workouts.
At an average rate of 60-100 beats per minute, our hearts deserve all the healthy support we can give it. It’s working all of the time! Why not make its job a little easier.
Chia seeds make that an easy choice for us. They have the ability to regulate cholesterol, lower high blood pressure and reverse inflammation. Inflammation is known for putting unwelcomed strain on blood vessels which often time results in some form of heart disease.
Stronger Bones and Teeth
Chia seeds are loaded with calcium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin A. Calcium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin A are large contributors to keeping your teeth healthy overall, and zinc prevents tarter build up and acts like an antibacterial wash for your mouth, getting rid of bad breath germs.
And of course we all know, because we paid attention in health class, that calcium is also good for our bones, because it helps to maintain bone strength and mass. What’s great is that they make up 18% of the recommended daily value of the calcium we need in only 1 oz of seeds.
Metabolism and Energy Booster
Studies show that by having 1 serving of chia seeds every day you have the opportunity to reduce belly fat, and boost your metabolism.
A recent study reported that when compared to sugar laden sports drinks chia seeds produce the same amount of results without all the unnecessary added sugar.
Combats Breast and Cervical Cancers
Listen up ladies!
Have you ever heard of ALA? It is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, and chia seeds are loaded with it.
Studies conducted by the Journal of Molecular Biochemistry in 2013 discovered that ALA suppressed the growth of cancer cells in breast and cervical cancers, and that it prompted the death of cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
So if you’re at high risk for either one of these cancers, chia seeds can help.
Treatment of Diabetes
Seeds like chia and flax have high fiber content and contain healthy fats that act as a natural blood sugar balancer.
In a few studies conducted on lab rats, I know rats are not humans, but the results are very encouraging, they were able to reverse and prevent the onset of diabetes for both groups.
Even when they increased the sugar intake to 65% for their daily diet for several months, and fed them chia at the same time this group never got the disease.
The second group they deliberately gave the disease to by feeding them high sugar diet, then implemented the consumption of chia seeds, and completely reversed diabetes all together.
Pretty cool, right?
So now you may be wandering… what do you do with these seeds, and how do you eat them?
There are 3 popular ways:
- You can grind them up like flax seeds and add the chia flour to anything you cook or bake, and is great as a thickener.
- You can eat them raw as is, and add them as a crunchy topping to yogurt bowls, oatmeal, granola bars, or salads. (Beware they may get caught up in your teeth, so be sure to check the mirror when your done eating them. LOL!)
- Then there’s my favorite method which is soaking or hydrating the seeds. I take 1/3 cup of chia seeds, add 2 cups of water, shake up, and store in a glass container in the frig with a lid on it. In a few hours they have expanded to a gel like consistency. I love adding the chia gel to my smoothies, fruit juice, tea, lemon water, and of course my absolute favorite making a matcha bubble tea with them.
Chia seeds are in creditably versatile and don’t have much of a flavor. Just a light nutty taste.
Whichever method you choose to use, I recommend starting off slowly, and increasing your intake overtime and drink plenty of water because of the high fiber content. Your body will gradually start to adjust. 1-2 tablespoons a day is a good place to start.
Hope you enjoy experimenting with these lovely little magical seeds. Pop on over to our “Shop our Store” page, and grab some up for yourself.