Chia seeds are native to central & southern Mexico & Guatemala. They come from a species of flowering plant in the mint family. Chia have the highest level of fibre out of any of the seeds we process here plus they are also hydrophilic and can unbelievably absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked and develop a mucilaginous gel-like coating around them which is quite exciting to swirl and ‘pop’ in your mouth.
Adding just a small amount of chia seeds to the foods and recipes you already love is an easy way to get more vitamin, minerals, dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet.
A single 1-ounce serving of chia provides:
- 137 calories
- 11 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of protein
- 6 grams of fat
- 18 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium
- 27 percent of the recommended daily value of phosphorus
- 30 percent of the recommended daily value of manganese
They have a ton of benefits for your body and here are some of them:
Diabetic friendly food
Chia seeds are an excellent choice for diabetics! Chia seeds are relatively low in carbohydrates, with just 4 grams in 2 tablespoons. Those 4 carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates which means they take longer for the body to digest, therefore minimizing blood sugar spikes during digestion.
High in zinc
Zinc which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction and contributes to the maintenance of hair, nails, skin, bones and vision. Zinc also contributes to normal cognitive function and to the normal function of the immune system. A 50g serving of chia seeds contains 23% of your daily RI for Zinc.
About 2-3 tablespoons of chia seeds per day have been shown to significantly decrease systolic blood pressure and C-reactive protein, a blood protein that is a measure of chronic inflammation.
Consuming these seeds can reduce pain and inflammation in case of arthritis patients. The high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids lubricate the joints and keep them supple relieving both pain and inflammation.
The oil extracted from chia seeds has amazing benefits for the skin. Chia seed oil is clinically proven to increase the skin’s hydration. It reduces trans-epidermal water loss and prevents moisture loss in even the driest of skin. Rub chia seed oil on excessively dry areas like the elbows, cuticles and heels to make them smooth and soft to touch. You can add a few drops of chia seed oil to your moisturizer for enhanced hydration.
Researchers from the University of Alabama found that Gatorade at maintaining runners’ energy levels during rigorous training sessions. In fact, the study ultimately concluded that the natural option was better, since it allowed athletes to reduce their sugar intake and provided a hearty dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Strong Teeth and Bones
Just one serving of chia seeds contains 18 percent of the suggested daily intake for calcium. Adding chia seeds to your diet ensures that you are maintaining bone as well as dental health, not to mention averting osteoporosis.
Chia seeds also contain boron, which is essential for bone health. Due to the natural boron content in soil being depleted, our diets are simply not as well-rounded as they once were. Boron helps in the metabolism of minerals for muscle and bone growth.