Check out this list of 10 Uses for Chia Seeds.
Chia seeds are easy to find online and in health food stores. I purchased mine at Costco, and the benefits of eating them are far-reaching.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
Chia seeds can help reduce blood pressure. The seeds contain one of the highest known plant sources of essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6).
- Lowers Blood Sugar
Chia seeds slows down the absorption of complex carbohydrates. The soluble fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. No big spikes and drops in blood sugar or energy! Perfect for diabetics, or anyone really.
- Increases Energy
Chia seeds have a lovely balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats and fiber. Just one tablespoon of Chia will greatly add energy to your day. Athletes have reported that Chia seeds help them perform at peak levels for longer periods of time.
The high amounts of omega-3 helps to lubricate joints.. Additionally, Omega-3s are converted into prostaglandins, providing even more pain relieving and anti-inflammatory support.
- Weight Loss
The essential fatty acids contained in Chia seeds help to speed up your metabolism and increase lean muscle mass. Adding the seeds to your diet will help you feel full and provide nutrients while adding very few calories.
- Detoxes the Body
The swelling action of Chia in the body helps to cleanse the colon and absorb toxins.
- High in Protein
Chia seeds contain 20% protein, a higher percentage than found in many other grains. The strontium in Chia seeds helps you body absorb the protein and increase energy.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants. I read that they contain more than blueberries (and they won’t stain your teeth!). Because of the high amounts of antioxidants in Chia seeds, they have a very long shelf life.
- Fiber and Nutrients
Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.
2 tablespoons of Chia = 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, 5 grams omega-3
- Brain Function
The EFAs in Chia seeds are known to make cell membranes more efficient and nutrients more readily available.. This helps to improve memory and focus.
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