Aztecs used an ingredient that kept their body in good shape, and maintained their heart health and the health of the intestines. That ingredient nowadays is recognized under the mane of chia seeds. These seeds are native to Mexico, but later on spread all over Latin America thanks to their numerous health virtues.
Chia or Salba seeds are high in omega-3s, fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamins B2, B3, B9, and C. They are a great source of proteins and as well as have in their content cholesterol-reducing moieties 6.
They are rich in antioxidants like the isoflavones, which is very important for the body so that it can fight off the harmful free radicals.
Chia seeds usually have dark brown color, but they can be beige or grayish. They are easily softened when soaked in water for around half an hour and thus form a sticky liquid that makes them softer.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Improve heart health
Thanks to the content of protein, fiber, and omega-3 chia seeds can protect the heart from many ailments. Their intake can help in lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammation. As per a conducted study a supplement of chia seeds can substantially reduce the risk of a cardiovascular disease and as well as maintain good blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. On the other hand, the content of fibers will balance the cholesterol levels which in turn will thin the arteries and prevent coronary heart disease.
- Supports the brain function
The content of omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds act as an anti-inflammatory which is highly beneficial for the health of the brain just like the one of the heart. They are very powerful despite the fact that the omega-3 vegetable content is lower than that one of fatty fish.
- Regulates blood glucose level
According to a performed study the inclusion of chia seeds into bread flour helped in the reduction of blood sugar levels in patients suffering from high blood sugar.
- Facilitates digestion
Chia seeds are packed with fiber which is very beneficial for the digestion process. Plus, they are feeding the good bacteria in the intestines thus maintaining a good intestinal flora. Their intake can be very helpful in the fight against constipation and the removal of toxins.
Hence, make sure to introduce Chia seeds into your diet and thus enjoy all the amazing benefits of their consumption. For that purpose, we are presenting you some recipes including chia seeds.
Recipe of a Chia Seed and Mango Smoothie
Servings: 2 smoothies
- 1 mango, organic
- 2 medium bananas, organic
- 1 ½ glass of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
First you need to put the chia seeds in a bowl and then pour half a glass of almond milk. Put the bowl in a fridge for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, blend he bananas, the mango and the rest of the milk. Next, include the thickened seed mixture and enjoy your smoothie with a friend.
Recipe of a Chia Seed and Cocoa Smoothie
- A big glass of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Just place all of the listed ingredients in a blender and blend till you get homogenous texture. Drink it instantly.
If you consume chia seeds in large quantities you can trigger a gastric discomfort due to its rich fiber content.
People with a blood disease and the ones who have prostate cancer are not allowed to consume chia seeds due to their anticoagulant effect.
You should not consume chia seeds if you are allergic to flaxseed or sesame seeds.
Prior implementing any new ingredient make sure to consult your doctor especially if following a specific treatment.