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February 16, 2016

10 Health benefits of Chia Seeds

Introducing with Chia Seeds


Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are very strong and nutritious tiny seeds that originated from Mexico, and they are highly nutritious, full of energy and healing. 

In a word, chia seeds are marked as a super food because of the rich nutritional content of minerals, vitamins, protein, dietary fiber compared to other plant species. 

For this reason, these small energy bombs are ideal in the diet of children, diabetics, athletes and the diets for weight loss.

Nutritional composition of chia seeds


The taste of chia seeds is slightly nutty, without any special taste. 

Chia is easy mixing with other foods, with no changes in taste or smell, and nutritional value either. Moreover, chia seeds enrich the nutritional composition of other foodstuffs.

In its structure, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. It contains plenty of dietary plant fibers (20 times more than linseed), which are good for digestion and bowel movements.

Mineral composition of chia seeds belongs to the calcium, which in chia seeds has five times more than in milk. 

Among other minerals, iron is present (it has three times more than in spinach), magnesium (15 times more than broccoli), phosphorus, potassium (two times more than bananas), zinc, boron and copper.

Vitamin composition in chia seeds makes up the B complex vitamins - niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, as well as vitamin C (seven times more than oranges).

What stands out is the presence of unsaturated fatty acids in chia seeds - omega- 3 and omega- 5 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid and other unsaturated fatty acids that play a role of antioxidants and in regulation of cholesterol levels in the blood. 

The amount of unsaturated fatty acids in chia seeds is five times larger than the amount of the salmon, which is also rich in these fatty acids.

Mineral composition of chia seeds belong to the calcium, which in chia seeds has five times more than in milk. Among other minerals, iron is present (it has three times more than in spinach), magnesium (15 times more than broccoli), phosphorus, potassium (two times more than bananas), zinc, boron and copper.

Another feature of chia seeds is the absence of gluten, which is why they can be used in people who suffer from celiac disease (gluten-sensitive people).

Unlike other seeds and grains, chia seeds contain 20% vegetable protein and eight essential amino acids.


Health Benefits of Chia Seeds


1. Natural energy source, which gives a longer feeling of physical strength and endurance.

2. The wealth of herbal dietary fiber makes it ideal in diets for weight loss - it gives a longer feeling of satiety and regulates the metabolism.

3. Normalizes blood sugar levels and is suitable food for diabetics.

4. Chia seeds contain omega fatty acids which are valuable in the regulation of cholesterol levels in the blood, and also regulates blood pressure.

5. Laxative effects of chia seeds - plant fibers tend to swell and collected water, thereby increasing the volume of intestinal contents and enable better digestion.

6. Chia cleanses the body from the toxins and metabolites.

7. Chia seeds have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial property.

8. The operation in the nervous system - relaxation, muscle relaxation, better sleep, better mood.

9. It is recommended in the diet of people with celiac disease because it does not contain gluten.

10. Chia seeds are the food of the future, because it has anticancer effect.


How to use chia seeds?


Chia seeds can be add to each food you eat, whether is a savoury dishes, desserts, cakes. Just sprinkle them whole or milled over the meal.

They can be added in soups, creams, salads, sauces, ice cream, and pasta. From chia seeds can be made the dough and pastries, breads, crackers.

Chia seeds are an ideal substitute for eggs in cakes and dishes. 

It is enough to plunge chia seeds in water, leave for 10-15 minutes to form a gel, and insert in a meal or beverages, where you need eggs for preparation.

How to make gel from chia seeds?


It's necessary:

- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- 2/4 cup of filtered water

Mix chia seeds and water, leave to stand for a few minutes, then stir. 

Then let it sit for another 10 minutes to form a gel. This gel can be added to dishes, in the amount of half a cup -half a meal.

Gel from chia seeds can replace eggs, but also utilized as a substitute for oil. 

This healing gel is used for hydration of the body, face and body skin, as it collects a lot of water, so it performed tasks of dehydration.

Gel also promotes better digestion, reduces the risk of constipation and hemorrhoids, and also reduces the secretion of gastric acid, so it is good if you suffer from heartburn.

 Recipes with chia seeds


- Chia muesli for breakfast

You can prepare a nutritious breakfast if you put chia seeds overnight in water to swell, and in the morning you could add fruit, yogurt and cinnamon.


What is a daily recommended amount of chia seeds?


Nutritionists recommend a daily amount of chia seeds 1 or 2 tablespoons of seeds or 6 tbsp of chia seed gel.